Mentoring relationships are critical for career development and success in the 21st century.
The Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) Mentoring program is an important cornerstone of the work we do to support the advancement of women at Babson College. The program is designed to educate our students on the value of developmental relationships and to provide experience in building a personal board of coaches, sponsors, and mentors—all of which are essential for career growth in today's complex work environment.
Underpinned by Babson’s leading research on mentoring and entrepreneurial leadership development, CWEL offers three one-on-one mentorship programs delivered at critical points in our student’s tenure at Babson.
- CWEL Scholars Near-Peer Mentor Program
Pairs first-year CWEL Scholars with sophomore CWEL Scholars for peer mentoring.
- CWEL Undergraduate Mentor Program
Pairs undergraduate juniors and seniors with professional women who have 3-15 years of work experience.
- CWEL Graduate Mentor Program
Pairs graduate students with senior-leaders or professionals who have 15+ years of work experience.
Each mentoring program takes place over the course of five months. We suggest that pairs meet monthly (virtually or in-person) over the duration of the program. The experience is launched with a speed-networking matching session, to facilitate compatibility-based pairings, and closes in April with a celebratory reception.
Training & Support
In order to ensure that participants are set up for success, an orientation session is offered to both mentors and mentees, delivered in-person or online each fall prior to the program launch.
Throughout the program, participants are invited to take part in an array of CWEL offerings, including monthly virtual CWEL Circles, which bring professionals and students together for candid conversations on topics that support women's leadership development.
Fall 2019 Information Sessions and Kickoff Dates
>> Graduate Mentor Program Kickoff (Cohort 1)
October 29 | 6 - 8pm | Glavin Chapel, Babson Wellesley
>> Undergraduate Mentor Program Kickoff
November 5 | 6 - 8pm | Glavin Chapel, Babson Wellesley
>> Graduate Mentor Program Kickoff (Cohort 2)
November 15 | 7:30 - 9:30am | Glavin Chapel, Babson Wellesley
Benefits to Students
- Perspective and inspiration from relatable and professional role-models
- An individualized approach to developing their own career-readiness skills
- Applied practice in professional communication, relationship building, and goal-setting
- Increased professional, academic and social confidence
- Expanded professional network
Benefits to Mentors
CWEL mentors are women who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the next generation of women leaders. They come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, live either locally or abroad, and have their own unique combination of expertise and networks to share.
We understand that serving as a mentor is a commitment of valuable time and energy. For that reason, this program is designed as a professional development opportunity for mentors as well as for students.
- Fresh insights and diverse perspectives on education, industry, and entrepreneurial trends
- Applied practice in research-backed mentoring strategies that are valuable to leadership progression
- Access to an extended network of professionals affiliated with the CWEL and an outstanding talent pool of next-generation women
For questions about mentoring or student programs offered through CWEL, please email Valerie Paquette, Director of Programs, Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership.