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 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, March 03, 2015

  • Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference ...
    Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award Full Details [X]
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    The Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015
    1 - 2:30 PM
    Knight Auditorium

    Sponsored by the Center for Women’s Entre­pre­neurial Leadership (CWEL), this annual award honors women whose work has had a significant, posi­tive impact on the Babson comm­unity in the last year.

    CWEL encourages the nomination of students, faculty, and staff who have coordinated and implemented programs/initiatives that brought diverse members of the Babson campus together. Nominees also may have led their teams, organizations, classes, or departments toward reaching goals that benefit their group and the College overall.

    Past award winners have been positive role models who have demonstrated strength, intelligence, and integrity in challenging others to achieve professionally, academically, and personally.
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  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

  • Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest Interna...
    Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest International Full Details [X]
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Florence Reed, President & Founder
    Sustainable Harvest International
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    Olin Hall 120
    5 PM


    Refreshments will be served

    In honor of Women's History month, please join us in welcoming Florence Reed. In 1997, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with rural Central American communities to implement sustainable land-use practices. As President of the organization, Reed divides her time between helping shape the future of programs in Central America and gathering resources in the United States, bringing together farmers, donors, volunteers, researchers and others to create a better future.  

    This presentation begins with a look at the global and local impacts of unsustainable farming practices in the tropics. It then focuses on Sustainable Harvest International’s unique and successful model for reversing this harmful trend.  The talk goes on to show how this simple approach helps to alleviate poverty, improve health, reverse deforestation, mitigate global climate change, reduce pollution, and much more.

    For more information on Sustainable Harvest International, visit 

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  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

  • The WIN Lab: Tell-All Funding Panel
    The WIN Lab: Tell-All Funding Panel Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    The WIN Lab: Tell-All Funding Panel 

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    6 PM to 8:00 PM
    711 Atlantic Avenue
    Boston, MA

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    Join WIN Lab Entrepreneur-in-Residence Smaiyra Million at Workbar Cambridge to discuss the ins and outs of raising start-up capital. 

    6:00 - 6:30 PM:   Networking
    6:30 - 8:00 PM:   Panel
    About Smaiyra Million - Operation Partner | Highland Consumer Fund
    Smaiyra Million is a passionate leader and value creator with a three-decade record of driving sales, growing profitability and building world-class teams.  Smaiyra joins Highland Consumer Fund with extensive experience in the luxury hospitality market with an emphasis on the Health & Fitness, Spa and Hotel sectors.  Most recently, she was the CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management, where she spearheaded the creation of this operating company that managed 7 health clubs under the Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club brands, with revenue in excess of $100 million, across 5 states.  She was originally recruited to The Sports Club/LA in 1998 to become one of the company’s General Managers and was promoted to COO in 2006.  Smaiyra was elevated to the CEO position in 2011.  

    About the WIN Lab
    The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab is a yearlong residency program for women entrepreneurs. The WIN Lab invests in women, empowering them to disrupt, experiment, and build successful businesses on their own terms. What makes WIN unique and different from other accelerators is that we invest in YOU! We invest our time developing your skills and women founder power to make your venture successful.
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, April 02, 2015

  • The Unseen Militant: Women and Extremism i...
    The Unseen Militant: Women and Extremism in the Contemporary Middle East Full Details [X]
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    CWEL Faculty Gender Research Luncheon

    The Unseen Militant: Women and Extremism in the Contemporary Middle East
    Professor Jason Mohaghegh, Arts and Humanities

    April 2, 2015
    Noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Reynolds 241

    Lunch is provided. RSVP is required

    Celebrate our third year of gathering faculty and staff to share and discuss compelling research on gendered topics. 

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  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

  • Capital W: The Boston Women's Venture Capi...
    Capital W: The Boston Women's Venture Capital Summit Full Details [X]
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    District Hall
    75 Northern Ave 
    Boston, MA 02210

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    Babson's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership and the WIN Lab are proud to sponsor Capital W: The Boston Women’s Venture Capital Summit. Join entrepreneurs, investors and those interested in the state of venture capital for women for a day of speakers, pitching, workshops and relationship-building.

    Who Should Attend?
    Investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the state of venture capital for women. 

    Speakers include:
    Pam Randhawa, Founder and CEO of EMPIRIKO
    Prof. Candida Brush, Chair Entrepreneurship at Babson College
    Scott Friend, Partner at Bain Capital Ventures 

    Capital W will bring together local investors and women entrepreneurs to clarify the reality of fundraising and the experiences and challenges that women face. We will have coaching sessions on the fundraising process for women entrepreneurs as well as an introduction to the angel investing landscape for both entrepreneurs and potential angel investors.

    Capital W will also provide a showcase for investors to learn about opportunities to invest in women. The pitch sessions will provide local women entrepreneurs opportunities to pitch their ventures to an audience of investors (VCs and angel investors) while receiving feedback from top local VC ‘judges’ including:
    Pamela Aldsworth, Silicon Valley Bank
    Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge Capital Partners
    Maria Cirino, .406 Ventures
    Willma Davis, Former Senior Managing Director John Hancock
    Jodi Goldstein, Harvard iLab
    Paul Maeder, Highland Capital Partners
    Eric Paley, Managing Partner, Founder Collective
    Angelo Santinelli, Babson College
    Jonathan Seelig, Globespan Capital Partners

    >> Complete Schedule <<

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  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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