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The Babson Women’s Leadership FAQs

Thinking about joining our Women's Leadership Academy? Here, we address some of the frequently asked questions that come up about this program. If you have more, please feel free to reach out by using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Thanks to all of you for running BWLA.  My daughter loved the program and learned a lot.  Most importantly, it gave a real boost to her confidence at a time when she is blossoming and becoming active and involved in so many things. 

– Women’s Leadership Academy Parent, Brookline, MA

1. What does the program cost?

Due to generous contributions, we are able to offer the spring program for $595.

2. Are there any discounts available?

Babson, Olin, and Wellesley College Staff: 10% off

3. Are there any scholarships available?

Yes. A limited number of scholarship seats are available for women of color high school students. If you're interested in applying, please head here to fill out our scholarship application form.

4. Who can register?

The Babson Women’s Leadership Academy is open to women-identifying high school students who are at least 13 years of age at the time of registration. International students are encouraged to apply but should note instructions and group work will be conducted in English and the timing of the program is in Eastern Standard Time.

5. How do I register?

Look for the registration button at the top of the page!

6. When do I need to register by?

Registration closes one week in advance - February 28—due to the pre-work required for the program. If that date has passed and you’re eager to sign up, please reach out to cwel@babson.edu.

7. Why is the program one day each week?

We spent hours talking to high school students and their parents, while running focus groups, to uncover their thoughts on the optimal virtual learning environment. With some Zoom calls already on their schedule for the day, we wanted to ensure participants had the opportunity to learn without feeling completely overloaded! With just one day of programming each week, students can learn, take a break, and have additional time to complete their at-home assignments.


8. Who will be teaching?

Babson’s faculty and staff, who have decades of combined experience teaching women’s leadership, business, and entrepreneurship, will be guiding all participants through workshops, content sessions, and group discussions. These individuals have dedicated countless hours to studying and speaking on the intersection of gender and leadership, have developed and run women’s accelerator programs, are former CEOs for publicly traded corporations, and have led diverse teams. 

9. Who else will be speaking?

The importance of near-peer mentor role modeling cannot be overstated. Research tells us time and time again that role models and champions have the ability to build confidence in emerging leaders and increase the likelihood that they will succeed! Because of this, CWEL has invited near-peer mentors to work with participants, teach one or two sessions, and act as guest speakers and discussion leaders in order to demonstrate that if they can do it, you can do it too!

10. What are some unique elements of the program?

Understanding and uncovering your unique leadership strengths comes from a tested method that we have used in multiple programs. This exercise - the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ (RBSE) - is a feedback-seeking exercise that helps you identify and understand your unique strengths and talents. You will be asked to gather feedback from significant people in your life (with some help from us), and then be guided through the process of creating a portrait of your best self and an action plan for leveraging your strengths.

Babson is globally recognized for our one-of-a-kind Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ET&A™) methodology that teaches you how to balance action, experimentation, creativity, and risk-taking to tackle challenges and reach your goals. We ask you to start with what you have, take the first step, enroll others along the way, look at what you’ve learned, and then continue moving in the right direction.

Real-world goal setting is the core component of this program. You will be asked to think about one thing that you want to accomplish this year and use the program’s teaching and tools to help you reach that goal. Beginning in week three, you will present your goal and action plan to small groups, while taking one tangible step towards that goal each week and telling your group about it! That way, whether you’re looking to solve a problem in your community, take on a new leadership role in your school, or get into college, you will leave the program having taken actual steps towards achieving what you want!

11. Will there be pre-work?

Yes! In order to participate in the Reflective Best Self Exercise above, you will need to coordinate with people in your life who will submit stories. (More information about that will be sent after you sign up.) We will also ask you to familiarize yourself with Zoom (if you haven’t already) and start thinking about the specific goal that you’re going to focus on throughout the program.

12. Will there be assignments outside of the virtual classroom?

Yes! You will be asked to complete at least one assignment after each day, to be submitted by the following session. Creating presentations, reading, and writing reflections will all be a part of the assignments you’ll be tasked with. The entire program will culminate with a final presentation that outlines your goal, the action you’ve taken during the program, and what you’ll do next to continue moving towards it! 

Get in Touch

Want to know more about Babson Women’s Leadership Academy? Let’s talk.


Reach out to cwel@babson.edu.