Mentoring relationships are critical for career development and success in the 21st century.
The Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) Mentoring program is an important cornerstone of the work we do to support the advancement of women at Babson College. The program is designed to educate our students on the value of developmental relationships and to provide experience in building a personal board of coaches, sponsors, and mentors—all of which are essential for career growth in today's complex work environment.
Underpinned by Babson’s leading research on mentoring and entrepreneurial leadership development, CWEL offers two program options for one-on-one mentorships delivered at critical points in our student’s tenure at Babson.
The CWEL Scholars Mentor Program connects undergraduate women to recent alumnae, current graduate students, and early career professionals while our CWEL Graduate Mentor Program connects graduate women to senior-level leaders.
Each mentor program runs from late October to early April. The five month experience begins with a kickoff speed networking session where mentors and students have the opportunity to get to know one another and indicate their match preferences. Matches are announced and pairs plan to meet at least once a month in the location or format of their choice. The program closes with a celebratory networking reception where participants are invited back to campus to reflect on their experience.
In order to ensure that the mentors and mentees are setup for success, an orientation session is offered to both mentors and mentees, delivered in-person or online each fall prior to the program launch.
Throughout the program, participants are also invited to take part in an array of CWEL offerings, including weekly mentoring circles, which bring professionals and students together for candid conversations on topics that support women's leadership development.
Benefits to Students
With access to professional female role-models, our students come away with invaluable perspective and inspiration from like-minded women who have found success in a wide array of settings, occupations, and industries.
The program emphasizes self-advocacy; enabling our students to hone their career-readiness skills through applied practice in professional communication and goal-setting. They learn the benefits and purpose of mentorship and the value it extends beyond job placement.
Ultimately, students are left with an affirmed confidence in their career strategy and the ability to further develop networks of support throughout their lifetime.
Benefits to Mentors
We understand that serving as a mentor is a commitment of valuable time and energy. For that reason, this program is designed as a professional development opportunity for mentors as well as for students.
As a mentor you will:
- Gain fresh insight and diverse perspectives on education, industry, and entrepreneurial trends
- Develop research-backed mentoring strategies that are valuable to leadership progression
- Gain access to an extended network of professionals affiliated with the CWEL
- Build relationships with an outstanding talent pool of next-generation women
We find that mentors who contribute their energy and insights are deeply gratified by the experience while the students who receive guidance are inspired beyond measure.
CWEL mentors are women who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the next generation of women leaders. They come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, live either locally or abroad, and have their own unique combination of expertise and networks to share.
We are currently recruiting new mentors for both our undergraduate and graduate programs. Our undergraduate student mentors are CWEL Scholar alumnae, graduate students, or early career professionals (5-15 years of experience) while our graduate student mentors are mid to senior-level leaders. You may specify your preferred interest within the online registration form.
To learn more about the program or apply for the next cohort, complete the mentor or mentee online application form or email Valerie Paquette, Director of Programs, Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership.