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Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership

Welcome to CWEL

At the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership we are closing the gender gap in business, one female leader at a time. We educate and empower women to create social and economic impact through industry and innovation as we research and enlighten the global community about the importance of female leadership for prosperity and human progress.

As the first center ever focused on women entrepreneurial leaders at a business school, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) is one of the most visible and important ways we support women entrepreneurs and impact the larger Babson ecosystem. In 2017, the college was named the No. 1 school for women entrepreneurs who want to change the world and in 2018, The Center was given the Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education award by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.


The CWEL Experience

CWEL’s award-winning programs, exclusive events, access to cutting-edge experts, and hands-on coaching impact a diverse set of stakeholders from around the world. They include:

Undergraduate students can participate in a number of programs designed to increase their leadership strengths. Those include:

  • Mentor Program with recent alumnae
  • CWEL Circles monthly leadership events
  • Women Innovating Now (WIN) Workshops
  • The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Venture Accelerator
  • Disruption Dinner Signature Event
  • Dean's Gender Series
  • The CWEL Scholars Program

Delivering the CWEL value proposition to women graduate students.

WIN Lab: Venture Accelerator for women entrepreneurs.

Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® provides women entrepreneurs with an inspiring community and a rigorous, experiential process that catalyzes innovative thinking and enables them to successfully scale their businesses. You get:

  • 5 months of business curriculum, including Babson faculty and world-renowned pedagogy
  • One-on-one coaching for the duration of the program
  • Access to experts in a variety of industries and subject matter
  • To participate in well-attended public events to showcase your company
  • Milestones to hold you accountable to your goals
  • A cohort of women entrepreneurs who are experiencing the entrepreneurial journey with you

 

WIN Workshops: Hands-on business skills and knowledge sharing

These are 2-hour workshop style events that provide insight and an opportunity to practice various leadership skills. From public speaking and negotiations to utilizing Babson's resources, experts will work with undergraduate and graduate students to build their business artistry. These events are open to the entire Babson community and are supported by WIN and CWEL. 

At CWEL, we participate in a number of activities in thought leadership as they relate to women's entrepreneurial leadership. From disseminating major faculty research and hosting global convenings of thought leaders, to creating programs and unique hands-on learning opportunities for students, we are dedicated to advancing the gender acumen and opportunities for all of our stakeholders.

  • The Diana International Research Institute: the first global research institute in the world dedicated to being the source of all research, policy, and educator information about women’s entrepreneurship.
  • The Dean's Gender Series: an annual event that brings high-profile thought-leaders to our Wellesley campus for unique experiences designed to develop gender acumen
  • Faculty Research: The CWEL and Babson boast a lively, supportive and growing community of faculty who do innovative research on women and gender, leadership and entrepreneurship. 
  • Publications: we follow the journey of founders and create easily digestible content created to empower women entrepreneurial leaders to reach their full potential

 


 


CWEL Awards & Recognition

CWEL has been the recipient of a number of awards, impacting a diverse set of stakeholders around the world. Highlights include:

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#1 school for female founders looking to change the world

by College Magazine

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Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education Award

presented by the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Centers

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Finalist: Top Specialty Program for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education

U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship

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50 on Fire” innovators and visionaries

presented by BostInno


A Message About CWEL's Programs and Events:

As we navigate this new and challenging landscape, CWEL will continue to work towards empowering entrepreneurial leaders while keeping everyone's health and safety as our first and highest priority. Currently all in-person events and programs will be held virtually while our team continues to support our students, alumni, and the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. We will be communicating online opportunities created by CWEL and the extended Babson community through our social media channels and newsletters and hope that you will join us virtually.

 

For ongoing updates related to Coronavirus and the Babson campus, please visit www.babson.edu/coronavirus.


 

The CWEL offers events and opportunities for a variety of Babson stakeholders. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay in touch and learn more about events and content being created for women entrepreneurial leaders.