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Women Entrepreneurship Week

A full week of cross-collaborative events at Babson, spearheaded by CWEL.

Babson joins more than 125 universities and colleges in celebration of Women Entrepreneurship Week from October 13–19, 2018. Join us across campus for a week of collaborative events featuring women entrepreneurs, leaders, and disruptors. Institutions on six continents have joined the WEW movement, and the list continues to grow. Read about the upcoming WEW inBizEd magazine.

SAVE THE DATE: Women Entrepreneurship Week 2019  is scheduled for October 16-29! Browse 2018 events below: 

Monday, October 15 - Live Case Study, Leadership in Wealth Management and Family Entrepreneurship

2 - 3:30 p.m. | Glavin Chapel, Babson Wellesley Campus

Get a unique insider look into the world of women’s leadership in the top echelons of the finance world and the challenges of Latin American and U.S. families with large businesses. Maria Elena (Mel) Lagomasino and Santiago Ulloa are managing partners at WE Family Offices, a global family office guiding ultra high net worth families to manage their wealth as a successful business enterprise. Participate in a Live Case Study Challenge around a pivot point in Lagomasino’s career. What would you do?

Co-hosted by the Babson Institute of Family Entrepreneurship, the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, and The Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance


Maria Elena (Mel) Lagomasino

Prior to joining WE Family Offices as CEO and managing director, Maria Elena (Mel) Lagomasino was the chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Private Bank, which manages $300 billion in assets. She serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, The Coca-Cola Company, and the Americas Society. Lagomasino has been named one of the 50 most influential women in Wealth Management, to the Directorship 100 by the National Association of Corporate Directors, one of the Top 25 Women in Finance and Woman of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.




Santiago Ulloa

Santiago Ulloa is the founder and managing director of WE Family Offices. He is a frequent guest speaker on CNN Espanol and he is a regular contributor to financial magazines such as Dinero, America Economia, Semana Economica, Poder, and other business publications. He has been named one of the Top 20 Independent Financial Advisors in the United States and one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.

Tuesday, October 16 — The 6th Annual Disruption Dinner: The Future of Fashion & the Business of Beauty


5:30–8 p.m. | Knight Auditorium, Babson Wellesley Campus

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, Babson Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative (FEI), and the Hoffman Family Undergraduate Center for Career Development, invite you to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Week with the Babson community at a trend-breaking evening of inspiration and discovery.

Meet women who are at the forefront of innovating the way we do business: shifting trends, changing business models, discovering new markets, and leveraging technology to reinvent the way we design, manufacture, buy and sell, distribute, and experience fashion and the business of beauty.

Before the program, mingle over mocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres with alumni, corporate partners, and friends disrupting the fashion and beauty industries in their own unique ways.


Rica Elysee, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BeautyLynk

Rica Elysee is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BeautyLynk, a company that makes it possible to get beauty services directly to your home with just a few clicks. With BeautyLynk, all the style and convenience of a professional salon are transported into the comfort of your living room.

Before launching BeautyLynk, Rica founded the Boston Naturals group, which has expanded to encompass a 1,200-strong membership base and more than 25,000 online users. She was first inspired to create Boston Naturals after noticing that in the Boston area there was a dearth of spaces and opportunities for women of color with natural hair to come together, learn about their unique hair and beauty needs, and bond. Previously, she also served as the Editorial Director for Amour Creole Magazine and won gold at MassChallenge. A natural leader, she sets a solid example in her businesses and strives for greatness in everything that she does.

Susie Mulder, Chief Executive Officer, NIC+ZOE

Susie Mulder joined NIC+ZOE as CEO in April 2012 with the goal of helping to grow the woman’s apparel brand across multiple points of distribution nationally and internationally.  Under her leadership, the brand has expanded it’s wholesale presence into brick and mortar and online stores and has built a growing direct-to-consumer presence. NIC+ZOE product can now be found in over 1000 locations and websites such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus Direct, Bloomingdales, Stitch Fix, Hudson Bay as well as the company’s own E-Commerce site and freestanding retail stores. In 2017, NIC+ZOE launched it’s first major product extension, a shoe collection with other categories planned in the coming years.

Before stepping into her role at NIC+ZOE, Susie was a partner with McKinsey & Company where she was a leader in the global retail and consumer goods practice for 15 years and was known for offering practical solutions and inspiring with a smile. She is also a Director on the Board of Sally Beauty Holdings and a member of the Children’s Hospital Boston Board of Philanthropic Advisors.
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Susie is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Management where she was a University Scholar and she holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School with distinction.
Susie exemplifies NIC+ZOE’s mandate to make busy look good. When not working, she is usually on the sidelines cheering for her three children Jess, Will, and Samantha or participating in local races and freestyle skiing events. Susie is also a proud supporter of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute having participated in the 26.2 mile Jimmy Fund walk with her family for the last 18 years.

Moderated By: Dr. Caroline Daniels, Director of the Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative (FEI)

Dr. Caroline Daniels is the Director of the Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative and is a teaching Professor in the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College.  Dr. Daniels' research areas are Future Trends & Innovation and the Transformation of Business in the Digital Age.  Dr. Daniels is the recipient of the Deans' Award for Teaching Excellence for Babson College Undergraduate, Graduate, and Executive Education Programs.

Program Overview:

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner Reception
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Fireside Chat: The Future of Fashion & the Business of Beauty
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Networking


Thursday, October 18 — CWEL Circles: From Entrepreneur to Venture Capital

4:30–6 p.m. | Roger’s Pub & Grille

Host: Catherine Friend White, MBA'86, Managing Director, Golden Seeds and Founder & Director, FinArc Investments Inc., Advisory Board Member, Stephen D. Cutler Center for Finance and Investments

Celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Week with Babson alumna, Catherine Friend White. As the managing director of Golden Seeds, an early stage investment firm focused on women-led businesses, and an entrepreneur herself, White is no stranger to what it takes for women to succeed in the world of launching and investing in new ventures. Whether you are looking for tips on how to attract investors or for firsthand advice on how to leverage your entrepreneurial mindset to make your mark in the world of venture capital, you won’t want to miss this week’s Circle!

This event was presented by CWEL, the Blank Center and the Cutler Center for Finance and Investments.


About Catherine Friend White

Catherine Friend White is an investor with Golden Seeds, a hybrid VC/angel investment group focused on women leaders. She mentors at Founder Institute and judges business plans at Goldman Sachs/Babson’s 10,000 Small Businesses, MIT’s Innovation Challenge, MassChallenge, among others. She founded and was president of FinArc, LLC (, a money management firm specializing in socially responsible investments. Previously, she was on the startup team for International Heritage, where she was a portfolio manager and limited partner of a growth and income mutual fund. White is a director of FinArc Investments Inc. and the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance at Babson College.

She earned her MBA from the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and her BA from Dickinson College.

Thursday, October 18 — Financing the Future: Policy and Finance for Good

5 – 6:30 p.m. | Needham Wellesley Room, Olin Hall

Dr. Sara Minard is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Babson's Lewis Institute and is chief program officer at the College for Social Innovation. Sara will lead a conversation around the changing and converging roles of policy and finance in creating social impact. She has spent the last two decades working at the intersections of private sector development, economic policy, social innovation and social enterprise, design thinking, and impact investing/social finance.


Friday, October 19 — Good Business Friday: Entrepreneuring Life

Noon–1:30 p.m. | Reynolds Global Lounge

How can your passions drive your entrepreneurial journey?

Join The Lewis Institute on Fridays for open and casual discussions about creating both profit and purpose.

Good Business Fridays is an Uncommon Table primarily designed for our undergraduate students, but all are welcome—graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, and social innovators. Light snacks are provided or bring your lunch. Come when you can, there is no such thing as late!

The Women Entrepreneurship Week host is Denise Korn, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation.

Hosted by The Lewis Institute.