Babson’s Lewis Institute Teaches Entrepreneurial Thought and Action to Emerging Female Leaders in Belgium

Cheryl Kiser and Emily Weiner joined Empower Peace and the United States Embassy in Belgium for the first-ever Women2Women Belgium Leadership in Action Program

Women2Women Belgium

Babson’s executive and associate directors of The Lewis Institute, Cheryl Kiser and Emily Weiner, joined Empower Peace and the United States Embassy in Belgium to teach Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® to 60 emerging female leaders aged 16-19 years-old at the first-ever Women2Women Belgium Leadership in Action Program.

The initiative was launched to identify and engage Belgium’s most promising young women leaders and took place in Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium November 4-8, 2015. Together, international educators trained participants in the areas of leadership development, cultural awareness, conflict resolution, and civic engagement. The collaboration is dedicated to supporting emerging female leaders across the globe.

Alumna and social innovator Melissa Rancourt M’01 joined the teaching team to share insights from her nonprofit Greenlight for Girls, in addition to former Babson College professor Phyllis Schlesinger.

Over the five-day period, participants enhanced their leadership skills, and together in groups, were challenged to utilize Entrepreneurial Thought and Action​​​​​​® to pitch a commitment for action to address a critical challenge in their communities. Each worked through the idea of developing and implementing a collaborative community engagement action plan back home.

The goal of Women2Women is to further empower young women with the tools, relationships, and opportunities required to lead in today’s world.

About Women2Women (W2W)

The Empower Peace Women2Women International Leadership Program​ is an opportunity for promising young women (15-19 years old) from around the world to build the critical leadership skills needed to succeed. Specifically, this program focuses on connecting young women from around the world and engaging them in the issues that define their lives. Each summer, over a period of ten days, Women2Women conducts an international leadership program in Boston, Massachusetts, bringing together up to 100 emerging young women leaders from throughout the United States and the world for an intensive weeklong international leadership training program. Working with representatives from leading educational institutions including the Lewis Institute and Social Innovation Lab at Babson College, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Fletcher School of Diplomacy and Law at Tufts University, a life-changing educational experience is created. The Women2Women program unites these emerging leaders with the issues they share as young women and enables them to take action in their own communities. At the same time, Women2Women builds much needed bridges of trust and understanding between disparate and misunderstood cultures.

The Women2Women program now boasts an international alumnus of over 800 promising young women from 46 countries, all working together to create positive change in their communities and countries.

About The Lewis Institute at Babson College

The Lewis Institute illuminates pathways for students, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporate partners seeking social innovation solutions. By drawing upon Babson's core methodology of Entrepreneursh​ip of All Kinds​​​​​​​® we activate unexpected and fruitful collaborations and integrative designs for action. The result is business prosperity and societal improvement. We extend our impact through the Babson Social I​nnovation Lab, an action tank powered by Toyota that incubates people and ideas in the world of social innovation.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®​. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​ ​​​

By Brianna DiPietro,, (781) 239-4548 | 11/20/2015 8:00 AM