​Programs and Events

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership enables women to reach th​eir 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 The 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 Susan Duffy and Heatherjean MacNeil. Learn more.


CWEL Mentees

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.


 BAWMBA LogoThe 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. ​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Friday, September 30, 2016

  • Babson Breakaway Challenge: Finale
    Babson Breakaway Challenge: Finale Full Details [X]
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Friday, September 30th<br /> <strong>Babson Breakaway Challenge: Finale</strong><br /> Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston<br /> 12 p.m. &ndash; 1:30 p.m.<br /> Free<br /> <strong><br /> Registration is required - <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demo-day-tickets-26577524090#tickets ">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demo-day-tickets-26577524090#tickets&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> <br /> Join Babson College and Breakaway for the<a href="http://www.babsonbreakaway.com"> Babson Breakaway Challenge</a> Finale - a fast paced, public event where Challenge finalists will pitch to a panel including <a href="https://hubweek.org/">HUBweek </a>Chair Linda Pizzuti Henry, Breakaway President John Burns, Founder and Managing Director of Boston Seed Capital, LLC Nicole M. Stata, and Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital Alicia Syrett.<br /> <br /> A keynote address will be given by&nbsp;Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures, GE&rsquo;s growth and innovation business.<br /> <p>The Babson Breakaway Challenge was created by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/about/team/Pages/duffy-susan.aspx" title="Susan Duffy's profile">Susan Duffy</a>, executive director at Babson&rsquo;s Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, and&nbsp;John Bur​ns, in direct response to Babson&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/blank-center/global-research/diana/Pages/home.aspx" title="Learn more about The Diana Project">Diana Project</a>&nbsp;report,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/blank-center/global-research/diana/Documents/diana-project-executive-summary-2014.pdf" target="_blank" title="Read the latest findings (pdf)"><em>Women Entrepreneurs 2014: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital&nbsp;(pdf)</em></a><em>​</em>. The research revealed that while women entrepreneurs are majority owners of nearly 36 percent of all U.S. businesses, they receive only 2.7 percent of all venture capital funding.<br /> <br /> <em>Prizes:<br /> </em><em>-&nbsp;</em>$250,000 in funding plus marketing services, including the creation of a customized brand identity platform from Breakaway;<br /> <br /> - In-kind prizing from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.xfinity.com/" target="_blank" title="Learn more about Comcast">Comcast</a>&nbsp;including a three-month advertising campaign in the Boston DMA; production of one thirty-second commercial; and more;<br /> <br /> - $6,000 in email delivery and management services from&nbsp;<a href="https://sendgrid.com/" target="_blank" title="Learn more about SendGrid">SendGrid</a>&nbsp;for the winner; $3,000 for each semi-finalist;<br /> <br /> - $1,000 in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.moo.com/us/" target="_blank" title="Learn more about MOO">MOO</a>&nbsp;print and design products for the winner, plus $250 for each runner-up;<br /> <br /> - Complimentary legal automation services for the winner from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shoobx.com/" target="_blank" title="Learn more about Shoobx">Shoobx</a>;<br /> <br /> - Use of shared workspace at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wework.com/" target="_blank" title="Learn more about WeWork">WeWork​</a>&nbsp;for finalists to prepare for the Finale event on September &nbsp;30<br /> <br /> -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bombas.com/" target="_blank" title="Learn more about Babson alumni business Bombas">Bombas</a>&nbsp;merchandise.</p> The Babson Breakaway Challenge is the first and only competition to promote gender parity in the VC industry and award $250,000 to a high-potential, women-led business.<br />
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  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Friday, October 14, 2016

  • The Art of Getting Past Hello: Strategic N...
    The Art of Getting Past Hello: Strategic Networking Workshop Full Details [X]
    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Friday, October 14<br /> <strong>The Art of Getting Past Hello: Strategic Networking Workshop</strong><br /> Reynolds 241, Babson College, Wellesley<br /> 9:30 a.m. &ndash; 11 a.m.&nbsp;<br /> Free<br /> <br /> We invest so much time and energy securing our degrees. Yet nobody teaches us how to walk into vast room of professionals and forget meaningful relationships. Join expert speakers Kim Miles and Victoria Kohlasch as they teach how to be memorable before uttering your first words of introduction. Join us for this 90-minute workshop that will help you feel confident in any networking environment. (This is a competency event for CWEL Scholars in the category of Strategic Networking.)<br /> <br /> <strong>RSVP required: <a href="http://cwelsgettingpasthello2016.eventbrite.com">http://cwelsgettingpasthello2016.eventbrite.com</a></strong>
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  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Monday, October 17, 2016

  • Mass Innovation Nights: Women Founders
    Mass Innovation Nights: Women Founders Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Monday, October 17&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Mass Innovation Nights: Women Founders&nbsp;</strong><br /> District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA<br /> 6 - 8:30 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> Free<br /> <br /> For the third year in a row, <a href="http://www.babson.edu/WINLab">Babson&rsquo;s WIN Lab</a> is collaborating with <a href="http://mass.innovationnights.com/">Mass Innovation Nights</a> to showcase Boston&rsquo;s best and brightest women founders. The evening will take place at District Hall and includes a number of WIN Lab entrepreneurs who will be showcasing their companies and products. Come see the women at the forefront of innovation in the city and vote for your favorite!<br /> <br /> <strong>Registration is required and opens for this event on October 1 at <a href="http://mass.innovationnights.com/">http://mass.innovationnights.com/</a></strong></p>
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursday, November 10, 2016

  • Personal Advocacy Workshop with Alumna Emi...
    Personal Advocacy Workshop with Alumna Emily Levy Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Thursday, November 10th<br /> <strong>Personal Advocacy Workshop with Alumna Emily Levy</strong><br /> Reynolds 241, Babson College, Wellesley<br /> 6 p.m. &ndash; 8 p.m.<br /> Free<br /> <br /> Emily Levy a &rsquo;16 CWEL Scholar, has been battling Severe Chronic Lyme Disease since 2007. She had a PICC line in her arm for six months to deliver IV medications to fight her Lyme disease. She and her team created PICCPerfect, the only PICC line protector where form and fashion meet on equal ground. Emily will talk about her journey with her business and Lyme Disease and what she has learned about personal advocacy along the way. (This is a competency event for CWEL Scholars in the category of Influence &amp; Personal Advocacy.)<br />
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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