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. ​​ ​​​​​​​​​

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

  • Ready, Set, Launch!
    Ready, Set, Launch! Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Ready, Set, Launch! 
    Wednesday, November 5
    6 to 7:30 p.m.
    711 Atlantic Ave
    Boston, MA 02111

    Registration is required

    The team at Babson's WIN Lab invites you to Ready, Set, Launch! featuring a tell-it-how-it-is panel discussion focused on what it really takes to create an airtight go-to-market strategy.

    Specials guests include:
    Mary Rose, VP of Marketing at Viewfinity
    Ann Sharon, VP of Business Operations at Cloudloc
    Sharon Kan, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary, The WIN Lab

    Mary Rose, VP of marketing at Viewfinity, is responsible for establishing, implementing and running the company's marketing infrastructure. With over 15 years combined experience in product marketing, corporate marketing and demand generation, Mary's expertise will be instrumental in establishing Viewfinity as a market leader in its space. Mary Rose holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University. 

    Ann Sharon, VP of Business Operations at CloudLock, is responsible for leading go-to-market campaigns and program management of company operational execution. Ann also has experience in consulting and spent 2 years in the Israeli Air Force. Ann has a High-Tech MBA from Northeastern University, and a BSc from the Technion, Israel. 

    Sharon Kan, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary at The WIN Lab, is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, Sharon has spent 20 years growing successful businesses in high potential markets. She was instrumental in developing and leading companies from inception to successful acquisition including Tikatok (sold to Barnes & Noble), Zoomix (acquired by Microsoft), C-Ark (acquired by SSA Global, now Infor), and Demantra (acquired by Oracle). Deliberate in her focus, Kan developed and executed product design, marketing and sales strategies that brought in strategic corporate alliances, including Pearson, Barnes & Noble, Johnson & Johnson, Coca Cola, Build A bear Workshop, and Ralph Lauren, grossing over $150 million in added value over her career.

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  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Friday, November 07, 2014

  • Effective Communication & Presentation Ski...
    Effective Communication & Presentation Skills Workshop Full Details [X]
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    November 7, 2014
    Effective Communication & Presentation Skills Workshop
    9 - 11 a.m.
    Reynolds 241
    Babson College, Wellesley Campus
    FREE, but registration is required. Register Now

    We live in a world of gendered leadership where women’s passion is often labeled as “being too emotional." As women entrepreneurial leaders it is important that we understand how to communicate, understand human perception, and assess situational influences in order to effectively navigate organizational complexities. Each interaction is an opportunity to define our presence and grace as a leader and role model. This interactive workshop will explore the tools necessary to become a mindful, diplomatic, and savvy communicator.

    This workshop is designed to expose attendees to communication and presentation techniques and tips. It will be facilitated by Vanessa Rhinesmith, Social Strategist. 

    The workshop will explore:

    - Communication and team dynamics
    - Communicating change + crisis management
    - Gender dynamics + communication perceptions
    - Role of communication in personal advocacy, negotiation, and networking

    The event is FREE, but registration is required. Register Now
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  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Friday, November 21, 2014

  • Capital W: The Boston Women's Venture Capi...
    Capital W: The Boston Women's Venture Capital Summit Full Details [X]
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    The Boston Women's Venture Capital Summit - Capital W
    Connecting Women to Capital
    A Day of Women Pitching, Speakers, Workshops, and Some Fun!

    Friday, November 21
    8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    $100 / person
    District Hall
    75 Northern Avenue

    Register Now! 

    "Capital W" is the Boston Women’s Venture Summit. It was established to expand on the 2014 Diana Project research illuminating the large gender gap in funding for women-led companies. 

    Capital W will bring together local investors and women entrepreneurs to clarify the reality of fundraising: the experiences and challenges that women face.  We will have coaching sessions on the fundraising process for women entrepreneurs as well as an introduction and awareness of 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. Pitch sessions will provide local women entrepreneurs to pitch their ventures to an audience of investors (VCs and angel investors) while receiving feedback from top local VC ‘judges’ including:

    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

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  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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