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Proving the Power of Women: Babson’s Entrepreneurship Forum Brings Gender Balance to Global Entrepreneurship Week

This past Friday, as part of an international initiative known as Global Entrepreneurship Week, Babson held its 11th Annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum with more female participants than ever before.

This past Friday, as part of an international initiative known as Global Entrepreneurship Week, Babson held its 11th Annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum with more female participants than ever before.

Babson College operates based on a belief in Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™, including all industries; all company structures, and even entrepreneurs from all demographics. It’s no surprise that Babson would celebrate this equalizing perspective on entrepreneurship by hosting its first ever gender-balanced Entrepreneurship Forum.

Including keynote speaker Katie Rae, Managing Director at TechStars Boston, the forum had 18 women speakers compared to 15 men.

Women were included in all three tracks of the forum: people, trends, and skills. Lakshmi Balachandra, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, also lead a panel on women in business under the people track.

The panel, titled “Women Who Mean Business”, included stories and discussion from

• Sharon Kan, Co-Founder of Tikatok,

• Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder of Pipeline Fellowship,

• and graduate alumnus Ruthie Davis, owner of a self-named shoe company.

The emphasis on women entrepreneurs at the Entrepreneurship Forum is part of a greater effort by Babson College to be a leader in support of women in business. Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, which was created in 1999, has built programs across the school and beyond, including a gender enlightened speakers series, gender balance assessment, and mentorship program. Babson College, which started as an all-male school in 1919, has realized the potential for entrepreneurs of all kinds, including women.

To find out more about this year’s Entrepreneurship Forum, visit: babsonforum.com/2012

To find out more about Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, visit: www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel

 

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

During one week each November, thousands of activities around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial action while connecting them to potential mentors, collaborators and investors. Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. In three short years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 100 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 95,000 activities. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and globally sponsored by Dell, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a growing network of 24,000 partner organizations. For more information, visit www.unleashingideas.org, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

By Hilary Katulak; hkatulak@babson.edu; (978)-239-4623 | 11/15/2012 4:27 PM