Babson’s CWEL Director Susan G. Duffy Named Gold Winner in 12th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

Duffy Earns Top Honors in ‘Women Helping Women’ Category

Susan G. Duffy Susan G. Duffy, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, has been named a Gold Stevie​​​​​​​® Winner for the 'Women Helping Women' category in the 12th annual Stevie​​​​​​​​​®​ Awards for Women in Business​.

The Stevie​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​® Awards for Women in Business are open to all organizations worldwide, and recognize the achievements of women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run. Results were announced at the 12th annual awards dinner on Friday, November 13 in New York City.

At Babson, Duffy leads the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), a collaborative learning laboratory dedicated to investigating, educating, and celebrating women entrepreneurial leaders of all kinds. The center:

  • Serves as the hub of Babson’s initiatives advancing women as contributors to social and economic value everywhere;
  • Advocates and cultivates a campus culture that supports future entrepreneurial leaders who understand, manage, and lead with gender aptitude;
  • Designs and delivers educational programs that reflect intentional pedagogy, high-impact relevance, and differentiated faculty expertise; and is
  • Recognized as a global leader in women’s entrepreneurial leadership research, pedagogy, and practice.

“I am honored to be a Stevie​​​​​​​​®​ Gold Winner, especially for the ‘Women Helping Women’ category because it recognizes the significant accomplishments we’ve been able to achieve in undergraduate, graduate, and executive education, and in gender research and thought leadership around the world,” said Duffy.

This fall, Duffy and alumnus John Burns​ M'05 of Breakaway, a Boston-based brand capital firm, launched the Babson Breakaway Challenge – a competition and mentoring program that promotes gender parity while championing women entrepreneurs and aspiring venture capitalists.

The Challenge finalists—six women-led startups and six venture capital apprentices—will receive six weeks of intensive mentoring from top thought-leaders. The program will culminate with a final pitch showcase on March 30, 2016. Breakaway will award the winning startup with $250,000 in funding and a brand identity platform, as well as extend a summer internship offer to the top performing venture capital apprentice.

Apply to the Babson Breakaway Challenge ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​» ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College Wins in the 2015 Stevie® Awards

About the Stevie​​​​​​​​​​® Awards

The Stevie​​​​​​​​​​®​ Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. Stevie​​​​​​​®​​ Awards are conferred in six programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​® Awards, the German Stevie​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​®​​ Awards, the American Business Awards, the International Business Awards, the Stevie​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​®​​​ Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie​​​​​​​​® Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​®​​ recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College

Founded in 2000, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) ​at Babson College fulfills and extends Babson’s mission by educating, inspiring, and empowering women entrepreneurial leaders to reach their full potential to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. The Center does this through innovative education programs, events, and by supporting and widely disseminating research about the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders. Additionally, CWEL supports and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world.

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 Barbara Spies Blair, blairb@babson.edu, 781-239-4621 | 12/3/2015 10:00 AM