Promoting a gender-enlightened campus culture.
CWEL promotes a “gender-enlightened” campus culture that supports a new generation of leaders who understand, manage, and lead with gender aptitude. We do this by raising students' awareness about the role of gender as it relates to their current lives and their futures as entrepreneurial leaders.
With the support of our valued internal and external partners across the Babson community, CWEL is able to offer a robust menu of programs, events, and resources that are open and available to all.
CWEL Pathways (Launched fall 2020!)
CWEL Pathways at Babson College provides students of all genders with the opportunity to learn, experiment, and apply new ways to lead. Through a curated journey of courses, events, and mentorship offered through the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Arthur M. Blank School of Entrepreneurship, students take part in rigorous education, thoughtful reflection, and experience-based learning to catalyze their potential and develop their ability to lead with gender aptitude. Upon completion, participants earn digital badges and the ability to showcase an online portfolio, giving them a professional leading-edge as inclusive entrepreneurial leaders.
Read more about the PDF - CWEL Pathways Overview!
Mentor High School Students
Near-peer mentors for the Babson Women’s Leadership Academy are current Babson undergraduates who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the next generation of women leaders. They understand the importance of learning from their peers in a safe and communal environment and are looking for opportunities to be a role-model, a leader, and a facilitator. Interested in learning more about this job? Email the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership.
CWEL Mentor Program: Mentoring for the Entrepreneurial Leader
Mentoring for the Entrepreneurial Leader is a new 2-credit course that pairs undergraduate and graduate students of all genders with professionals for a one-to-one mentoring experience. Students gain theory and practice in building and deploying networks, examine how organizations support the advancement of underrepresented groups into leadership roles, and design a career strategy for personal and professional growth - all with the added support of their mentor and a community of peers. Link: bit.ly/cwelmentor
CWEL Mentor Program: CWEL Student Near-Peer Mentor Program
The CWEL Near-Peer Mentor Program connects sophomores to first-year students to forge meaningful developmental relationships to support their acclimation into the CWEL Pathways program. The model aims to introduce the essential skill of communication, establishing relationships, and mentoring to students early in their Babson careers.
CWEL Circles brings members of the Babson community together in a casual setting for candid conversations on gender and career-related topics. Personal in nature, these interactive group discussions, led by professional and faculty experts, will help attendees gain new perspectives, solicit advice, and position themselves for career success by understanding, managing, and leading with gender aptitude. Participants benefit from exposure to a diverse network of influencers and the opportunity to expand their circles of peer support. Link: bit.ly/cwelcircles
CWEL Student Advisory Board
CWEL Student Advisory Board gives students the opportunity to build their leadership portfolio while playing a critical role in the on-going development of CWEL student programming. Advisory board members assist in student engagement, event planning, and serve as ambassadors of the CWEL mission among the greater student body. They provide perspective, new ideas, and community connections that allow us to better meet the complex and ever-changing needs of the students we serve.
Women Innovating Now (WIN) Growth Lab
The WIN Growth Lab is a fully virtual, 12-week, accelerator program for women-identifying entrepreneurs who have already launched their businesses and are ready for growth. The core program uses Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action (ET&A) methodology to push founders to test, iterate, and take action towards growth opportunities. It offers a dual focus on developing the entrepreneur and the enterprise through milestone-driven content, peer forums, one-on-one coaching, and public-platforming opportunities. WINners learn in the Growth Lab, take action in their companies, and then review and iterate on that action with faculty, peers, coaches, and mastermind experts to determine how to move forward.
The Disruption Dinner is a premier annual event hosted by the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership and campus partners at Babson College which brings the Babson community together for an evening of inspiration and conversation around gender and leadership. Each year the event showcases the experiences of accomplished women leaders in a common industry who are acting boldly to break barriers, blaze trails, and launch movements that change industries, organizations, and communities around the world.
CWEL Annual Retreat
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership brings Babson students off-campus and on-site at a host organization, for a day of leadership competency and community building with a focus on building self-efficacy and self-awareness. The event aims to integrate the newest members of the CWEL community, strengthen the CWEL student network, provide access to entrepreneurial role models, build strategies that support mental health and well-being, and set the stage for a successful year.
Dean's Gender Series
The Dean’s Gender Series is an annual event that brings high-profile thought-leaders to our Wellesley campus to lead meaningful discussions and initiate actions to help students of all genders build gender acumen and inclusive leadership skills.
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CWEL provides financial sponsorship and serves as staff adviser to the following student-led organizations:
Project W is an undergraduate student-led organization dedicated to inspiring and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration amongst women innovators and entrepreneurs across the Babson, Olin, and Wellesley (BOW) Colleges. Head here to learn more.