CWEL Circles


Tough Questions | Straight Answers | Real Strategies

Grab a seat and join the circle each Thursday with CWEL and our expert hosts, as we open up about men, women, and the workplace. Bring your questions and leave with strategies to advance yourself, level the field, and lift others up, as you make your mark as an entrepreneurial leader.

When: Every Thursday, starting February 21, 2019 | 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Roger’s Pub & Grille, Babson Wellesley Campus

No registration required. All members of the Babson community welcome!

Fall 2018 Schedule

SEPTEMBER 20: Success on Your Terms

Dandan Zhu '09, CEO & Founder, Dandan Global Group, 2018 Babson Rising Star

Far too often we let our gender, our families, and even our self-limiting assumptions define our notion of success. Grab a seat at the table with Dandan Zhu '09, CEO and Founder of Dandan Global, as we explore strategies to break free from societal expectations and achieve the life and career that YOU envision! Learn more.

SEPTEMBER 27: Paths to Executive Leadership

Cam McLoud, Board Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CWEL Executive in Residence

As a seasoned executive within the hospitality industry, Catherine C. (Cam) McLoud will share her personal career journey and how she has leveraged effective communication, executive presence, and personal advocacy to drive entrepreneurial initiatives forward and advance in her career. We'll discuss culture, opportunities, and challenges women may face along their path to leadership and strategies to position themselves for success. Learn more.

OCTOBER 4: Career Transitions: Pivoting Your Direction, Not Your Value

Tina Sheldon, Chief Compliance Officer, Five Star Senior Living

In today's complex work environment, your climb to success is more likely to be on the jungle gym than the ladder. But, what if you feel you are on the wrong structure altogether? Tonight’s host, Tina Sheldon, has successfully transitioned from nursing to law to business ethics and will share her firsthand experience in how she explored her interests, built upon her strengths, and showcased her value to evolve her career without losing traction. Learn more.

OCTOBER 11: Advancing Women: The Family Business Way

Torry Stamm, President, Katsiroubas Brothers and Lauri Union, Executive Director, Babson Institute for Family Entrepreneurship

Co-sponsored by the Babson Institute for Family Entrepreneurship

Research has found that the traits that make a family business successful, create an environment that is more welcoming and conducive to the development of women leaders resulting in women advancing further and faster than any other industry. Join in the discussion, as our co-hosts, draw from firsthand experience as leaders of family business, to discuss these traits and how their application can be used to advance women both within family and nonfamily business organizations. Learn more.

OCTOBER 18: From Entrepreneur to Venture Capital

Catherine Friend White MBA'86, Managing Director, Golden Seeds and Founder & Director, FinArc Investments Inc., Advisory Board Member, Stephen D. Cutler Center for Finance and Investments

Co-sponsored by the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship.

Celebrate Women's Entrepreneurship Week with Babson alumna, Catherine Friend White. As the managing director of Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm focused on women-led businesses, and an entrepreneur herself, White is no stranger to what it takes for women to succeed in the world of launching and investing in new ventures. Whether you are looking for tips on how to attract investors or for firsthand advice on how to leverage your entrepreneurial mindset to make your mark in the world of venture capital, you won’t want to miss this week’s CWEL Circle! Learn more.

OCTOBER 25: The Other Gender Gap: Rocking Your Financial Future

Sumeit Aggarwal MBA’05, Personal Finance Literacy Coach and Advocate, Co-Founder, Finhive LLC

You've heard of the gender pay gap and are prepared to take that head on, but have you invested in Bitcoin yet? How about Tesla? How’s your grandparents’ GE stock doing? Research shows that women pay more for their debt and are investing less, and later, than men. In today’s Circle, Sumeit Aggarwal MBA’'05 will share knowledge, strategies, and resources that will help you mind the gap and start investing now in your financial future. Learn more.

NOVEMBER 8: Men as Allies: The Value Proposition for Equality

Lawler Kang, Founder and CEO, League of Allies

Aspiring male leaders across campus cannot afford to miss this open dialogue led by Lawler Kang, founder and CEO of the League of Allies, poised to help you realize, and benefit from, the accretive value of gender parity, balance and inclusion. Overcome hesitation, ask your questions, and prepare yourself for action as an inclusive leader and champion for gender equality in work and life. Learn more.

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