CWEL Circles

Tough Questions | Straight Answers | Real Strategies

Join the circle each Thursday with CWEL and our expert hosts, as we talk gender, leadership, and careers. Bring your questions and leave with strategies to advance yourself, level the field, and lift others up, as you make your mark as an entrepreneurial leader.

When: Every Thursday, starting February 21, 2019 | 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Roger’s Pub & Grille, Babson Wellesley Campus | Unless otherwise noted.

No registration required. All members of the Babson community welcome!

Past Events Spring 2019 


FEBRUARY 21: Navigating the New Normal: After Show

Jason Rosario, Executive Producer & Host, Yahoo! News "Dear Men", and Founder, The Lives of Men

Join us at Roger’s Pub immediately following Navigating the New Normal at Glavin Chapel from 3 - 4:30 p.m. for post-event reception. Share snacks and a drink with friends, as we take a deeper dive into the themes discussed and learn more about Jason’s new Yahoo! News series and the work he is doing with The Lives of Men to build a community that encourages men and women of all backgrounds to challenge and redefine masculinity within the context of mainstream expectations. We hope you’ll join us for both events but all are welcome regardless!

Co-sponsored by the Babson Black MBA Association and Office of Diversity and Inclusion

FEBRUARY 28: Introverted Leadership in an Extroverted World

Kemi Sorinmade, Owner & Leadership Development Coach, The Growth Studio

Growing up, Kemi Sorinmade, was always labeled the quiet one. Now, as an engineer turned entrepreneur and executive coach, she inspires and trains introverted leaders, like herself, to harness their quiet strength to maximize team performance and transform organizations. With introverts outnumbering extroverts in the workplace and 40% of high-powered executives self-describing as such, tonight you’ll learn to own the label with pride and come away with painless strategies to stop underselling yourself, get your ideas heard, and kick your fear of expanding your network. 


Serendipity to Strategy: Leadership Stories from the Field

Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, President & CEO, The Paradigm Forum GmbH (TPF)

Join us at the CWEL office or from wherever you are for a virtual lunch with CWEL Executive-in-Residence, Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden. In this “ask me anything” style session, we’ll explore the nuance of communication and the power of improvisational leadership through the exchange of real-life stories of challenges and success. Drawing from our experiences, we’ll frame out a mindful and nimble approach to leadership, that will help you handle that next curve ball and turn those serendipitous moments into smart strategy for professional growth.

This event will take place online using Zoom. Guests are invited to gather together in the CWEL Conference Room, Blank 106 (light lunch provided) or participate from anywhere via their computer or mobile device.

March 28: Influence, Adventure, and the Power of a Tribe

Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful (WIN Lab Alumna)

Grab your seat at the table with inspired social entrepreneur, community builder, and CWEL mentor, Beth Santos, as we talk travel, influence, and growing a startup. From the WIN Lab classroom to 30+ global cities, Santos has grown a sisterhood of 40K+ women and non-binary people around the world who are committed to supporting each other’s passion for travel and using their voices to champion change within the industry. You’ll leave tonight’s circle ready to take on your bucket list and the world!

April 4: Breathe. Think. Lead.: Mindfulness for High-Achievers

Angie O'Donnell, MBA’92, Master Certified Coach and Co-Founder, 3D Leadership Group

The pressure to succeed at everything can leave an aspiring leader in a constant state of exhaustion. In our increasingly complex world, it is no wonder that mindfulness has gone from buzz word to an essential component in reducing stress and improving performance among top executives, doctors, and educators. Beyond health benefits, for leaders, the practice of mindfulness can bolster emotional intelligence, heighten self-awareness, and provide clarity and focus in decision-making. Tonight, we’ll examine ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine to reduce anxiety, avoid burnout, and position yourself for continued success as entrepreneurial leaders.

APRIL 18: Work/Life Satisfaction: Achieving It Your All

Nadia McKay, President and Owner, Corps Team/Moms Corps Boston

Twelve years ago, fueled by a desire to achieve her own work/life satisfaction, Nadia McKay took a leap of faith and stepped away from her corporate role. Shortly thereafter, she discovered her entrepreneurial passion to help women and corporations rethink the way we design work. Today, her company, Corps Team, serves a growing trend of professionals who seek careers that fit their lifestyles and employers who aim to attract top talent through flexible work environments. Whether you aspire to build a company and a family or are looking to negotiate a work schedule that works for you, join in our discussion on strategies, tips, and examples of ways you can stop striving to have it all and start achieving YOUR all. 

April 25: Details coming soon! 

Fall 2018 Past Events 

  • Success on Your Terms Dandan Zhu '09, CEO & Founder, Dandan Global Group 
  • Paths to Executive Leadership Cam McLoud, Board Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CWEL Executive-in-Residence
  • Career Transitions: Pivoting Your Direction, Not Your Value Tina Sheldon, Chief Compliance Officer, Five Star Senior Living
  • Advancing Women the Family Business Way Lauri Union, Executive Director, Institute for Family Entrepreneurship & Torry Stamm, President, Katsiroubas Brothers
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Week: From Entrepreneur to Venture Capital Catherine White, MBA’86, Managing Director, Golden Seeds and Founder & Director, FinArc Investments Inc.
  • The Other Gender Gap: Rocking Your Financial Future Sumeit Aggarwal, MBA’05, Personal Finance Literacy Coach and Advocate, Co-Founder, Finhive LLC
  • Men as Allies: The Value Proposition of Equality Lawler Kang, Founder and CEO, League of Allies



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