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Babson College to Host Women's Entrepreneurship Soiree

An Evening with Boston Business Owners at Babson's Boston Campus

CWEL Summer Soiree 

Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) will host the Women’s Entrepreneurship Summer Soiree: An Evening with Boston Business Owners, on Wednesday, July 9 at Babson’s Boston Campus. The soiree will feature successful women entrepreneurs who will share their experiences and insights on developing thriving companies within the Greater Boston area.

This networking event will bring together thought leaders from Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development. This informative program was designed to provide women business owners with the opportunity to form valuable connections with some of the city’s top business front-runners to help strengthen and grow their businesses. 

This event is part of the City of Boston’s Women on Main Initiative, which strives to connect Boston’s women-owned Main Street businesses to one another and to the city.

"The City's Women on Main Initiative is growing and thriving, and we are so excited about our new partnership with Babson's Center for Women's and Entrepreneurial Leadership," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Susan Duffy, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, says Babson could not have thought of a better partner with whom to achieve this goal than Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston's Women on Main initiative.

“Our jointly created events—like this sold-out Women's Entrepreneurship Summer Soiree—provide valuable opportunities for Boston women business owners to create vital connections to one another for the benefit of their businesses," said Duffy. 

“Babson College and CWEL are excited and proud to be working with Mayor Martin Walsh and the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development to create unique and impactful events for Boston’s women business leaders to learn from each other, share ideas and experiences, and create and expand key business networks throughout the city,” said Babson College President Healey.  

President Kerry Healey will be in attendance. Healey says that more successful women-owned businesses will lead to more dynamic and prosperous business environments for everyone.​​

Victoria Amador, CEO of Tremendous Maid, and Cassandria Campbell, Co-Founder of Fresh Food Generation, are included on the featured speakers list.

Amador is a participant in Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses Program, designed to unlock the growth and job-creation potential of small businesses in the U.S. by providing greater access to business education, capital, and business support services. Since 2010, she has led a family-owned professional residential and commercial cleaning service. Best known as Boston’s only “5-Star Hotel Clean” Maid Service, Tremendous Maid serves families and businesses in the Boston area and the surrounding suburbs. 

Victoria is a graduate of Cornell University’s Hotel Administration and Management Program and formerly served as Assistant Housekeeping Director at the Breakers Palm Beach for six years.

Campbell co-founded Fresh Food Generation, an organization focused on improving access to healthy, affordable, cooked foods in low-income neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area. The company utilizes a farm-to-plate food truck, which offers on-the-go, healthy meals where ingredients are locally grown. The truck targets neighborhoods such as Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, where obesity and diabetes rates have been found to be two to three times higher than in other Boston communities.

Cassandria has a personal connection to these neighborhoods, having been raised in Roxbury and currently living in Dorchester. She helped develop this venture after struggling to find a variety of healthy foods available in the nearby area. Campbell is the former Youth Development Coordinator for the Food Project, a non-profit organization that provides youth and adults from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to build and maintain a sustainable food system.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in city planning.

Babson College Chief Administrative Officer, Katherine Craven, says, “President Healey and Mayor Walsh both share a commitment to ensure that women across all socio-economic strata can benefit from programs like CWEL that bring Babson’s entrepreneurial DNA to help Boston’s women start and grow their own businesses.”

The event will take place at 253 Summer Street in Boston from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Registration is currently closed. Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up on the wait list.

"Although one-third of Boston businesses are owned by women, we still don't think that's enough. We want to grow that number and continue to strengthen the businesses that already exist, because women-owned businesses are not only good for women, they're good for Boston, too,” said Mayor Walsh. 

About CWEL

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College educates, inspires, and empowers women entrepreneurial leaders to reach their full potential to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. The Center does this through innovative education programs, events, and by supporting and widely disseminating research about the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders. Additionally, CWEL supports and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world.

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.

By Lindsey Cunningham, lcunningham@babson.edu, 781-239-4548 | 7/8/2014 1:30 PM