Smaiyra Million Named Director of Strategic Initiatives for Babson College's Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL)

Leading local executive to help expand CWEL’s presence, create new partnerships, and further support and develop women entrepreneurs and their businesses

Smaiyra MillionSmaiyra Million has been named Director of Strategic Initiatives for Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL). CWEL seeks to create a gender-enlightened business ecosystem where a diverse range of entrepreneurial leaders is encouraged to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society.

Million’s new appointment follows three years as an Executive-in-Residence working with Babson students in CWEL and its Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab®, in addition to 30 years in leadership positions throughout the Greater Boston area.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Smaiyra Million to CWEL,” said Susan Duffy, Executive Director of Babson's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership. “Her experience as an accomplished CEO, as well as an investor in growth-stage companies, is a superb addition to CWEL’s growing team. We’re confident Smaiyra’s expertise will enhance the college’s commitment to advancing women’s entrepreneurship, as well as elevate CWEL’s profile as we move boldly toward the centennial year of Babson’s founding in 2019.”

“The work CWEL is doing in the field of gender parity is vital to the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Smaiyra Million. “I am very proud to deepen my relationship with the center and Babson College as a whole.”

Million will be focused on building CWEL’s presence and brand, creating new partnerships, and expanding Babson’s WIN Lab by creating new entrepreneurship-focused executive education programs, and developing high-impact, mission-aligned learning experiences for women entrepreneurs.

Smaiyra Million

Smaiyra Million spent 30 years as a successful operator of luxury hotels, spas, and health clubs. As CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management (Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Clubs), she was named to the Top 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  In 2014, she was inducted into the YW Academy of Women Achievers.

Million started her career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where she served in numerous operating roles as well as participated in hotel openings both domestically and internationally. She was also a member of the team that helped the hotel company achieve the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award given by the Department of Commerce for excellence in American businesses. 

Million is an active board member at StriVectin, and past Board member of Paint Nite, and Artists for Humanity, and an advisor to Shamanuti.

She is both an independent investor and advisor to businesses specifically concentrating on female founders/leaders including Beantown Bedding and High Court Holdings. Million is also an Operating Partner at Highland Consumer Partners which focuses on retail and consumer sectors. She joined the investment world with the goal of leveraging her sales, operating, and team building expertise to benefit up-and-coming entrepreneurs. 

About the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College

Founded in 2000, the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College seeks to create a gender-enlightened business ecosystem where a diverse range of entrepreneurial leaders is encouraged to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. The center does this by empowering women leaders through educational programs, events, and research while also promoting gender equity as a growth strategy that allows all individuals and organizations around the world to embrace their strengths and reach their full potential.

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, 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 & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Brianna Radicioni, bradicioni@babson.edu, (781) 239-4548 | 7/7/2017 11:00 AM