Programs and Events

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership enables women to reach their full potential through innovative education programs and events.

In addition to the following annual programs, CWEL sponsors dozens of events throughout the academic year. For a complete listing, check the CWEL events calendar below.

cwel-scholars-program.pngThe CWEL Scholars (CWELS) Program
Formerly the Women’s Leadership Program, CWEL Scholars provides undergraduate women with exclusive events, cutting edge experts and hands-on coaching. Students attend a minimum number of events over their four-year education to earn the “CWEL Scholar” designation. Learn more.

The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab
The WIN Lab is a unique, year-long program designed to empower 20 women to build their entrepreneurial ventures. WIN Lab is being directed by serial entrepreneur, and Blank Center entrepreneur in residence, Sharon Kan. Learn more.

mentor.jpg Mentor Mashups
CWEL regularly host events where successful business women leaders and mentors share their stories and lead small group discussions on topics of interest to students. These events include food, drink, sharing business cards and making valuable connections. Learn more.

 The Babson Association of Women MBAs (BAWMBA)
BAWMBA helps women MBA students build networks, find and be a mentor, develop leadership skills and transition to their next professional opportunities.

Gender Enlightenment
CWEL supports and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world. We do this through a variety of campus events and by supporting a growing community of faculty who do innovative research on women and gender, leadership and entrepreneurship. Learn more. ​​ ​​​​​​​​

More CWEL Events

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

  • Boston, MA: Bridging the Gender Gap in Ven...
    Boston, MA: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital Full Details [X]
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Bridging the Gap in Venture Capital: The Untapped Opportunity in Funding Women Entrepreneurs

    On Tuesday, September 30, the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College presents Bridging the Gap in Venture Capital: The Untapped Opportunity in Funding Women Entrepreneurs— a breakfast and panel event.

    Advance registration is required--please click on the button at the top right to register. Attendees will receive a copy of The Diana Project report executive summary. A continental breakfast will be served. 

    The program will provide an exclusive first-look at the pioneering research in the newly updated report from The Diana Project, Women Entrepreneurs 2014: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital. Presenting the results will be Dr. Candida Brush (Babson College) one of the Diana Project's founding members and author of the report. A panel discussion will follow featuring key leaders from the investment community and women entrepreneurs running high-growth business.

    Kerrie MacPherson, Principal, Financial Services Office, Ernst & Young; executive sponsor of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program

    Dr. Candida Brush, Faculty Research Director, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, and Franklin W. Olin Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship at Babson College.

    Jules Pieri, Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet

    John Burns, Chief Investment Officer at Breakaway Innovation Group

    Terry McGuire, Founding Partner at Polaris Partners

    Scott Johnson, Founder and Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures

    Presented in partnership with Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program

    Cost: $25 per person
    This event is complimentary for Babson Faculty, Staff and Students with discount code BABSON0930.

    Sullivan & Worcester
    One Post Office Square
    Boston, MA 02109

    Directions to Sullivan & Worcester

    For those using a mobile device, please scroll to the bottom and click "View Full Site" then find the full calendar posting for this event to register.
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  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

  • Mass Innovation Nights: Women Founders
    Mass Innovation Nights: Women Founders Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Mass Innovation Nights: Women Founders 
    Wednesday, October 8
    Workbar / Central Square
    45 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139
    6 - 8:30 PM

    October's Mass Innovation Night (MIN) will be hosted by the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College and will feature all women-founded businesses. 

    Each month, 10 companies bring new products to a Mass Innovation Night (MIN) event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. In the last two years, the events have helped to:

    -- launch more almost 600 new products
    -- Connect dozens of job seekers and hiring managers
    -- Profile dozens of local experts

    MIN allows companies to show off Massachusetts-based innovation. Additionally, each event has an Experts Corner team which provides one-on-one conversations with start-ups and entrepreneurs.
    Don't miss your chance to spread the word about your business, support local business, network and have fun. 

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    About Workbar:
    Located in the heart of Central Square, Workbar Cambridge offers more than 12,000 square feet of functional and modern work spaces, breakout lounges, private offices, and event space.  With a private 5th floor and a street level “cafe”, this Workbar location is intentionally designed to accommodate different work styles and business types.
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursday, October 16, 2014

  • Women’s Business Accelerator
    Women’s Business Accelerator Full Details [X]
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Women’s Business Accelerator

    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location TBA

    Build your network. Get inspired by successful women entrepreneurs. Learn new skills to build and scale your business!

    Celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month with the City of Boston’s Women on Main initiative, Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and Boston’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Council. This half-day event will convene the women’s entrepreneurship ecosystem of Boston for a day of high-profile speakers, skill-building workshops, and networking. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Registration is required.
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  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • How to Build a WINning Startup Team
    How to Build a WINning Startup Team Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    October 22, 2014
    6 - 8 p.m.
    Workbar / Central Square 
    45 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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    Join the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership's (CWEL) WIN Lab and entrepreneur Nataly Kogan for an intimate conversation about what it takes to identify, recruit and manage a WINning startup team.

    Then, put this advice to the test with startup "speed dating": find your next co-founder or C suite member!

    Nataly Kogan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Happier, based in Boston. Inspired by research on happiness, the company’s mission is to inspire millions of people to do more of what makes them happier. Nataly has held top positions at Microsoft’s Future of Social Experiences Lab (FUSE), McKinsey & Co., and Hudson Ventures, a venture capital firm in New York, and founded the online community for working mothers and a publishing company for students. Nataly and her parents immigrated to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when she was thirteen and she graduated with University Honors from Wesleyan University. Nataly lives outside Boston with her husband and young daughter but is forever a New Yorker at heart.
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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