Women today have more opportunities than ever to create satisfying careers that align with both their personal and professional aspirations. However, the path to leadership isn't as clear for women as it once was. They are less likely to spend extended periods of time with one company, the gig economy is thriving, and life's challenges can still prevail. 

In this presentation, Candida Brush, Vice Provost and Susan Duffy, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, will use Babson's Entrepreneurial Thought & Action process to help participants maximize their full leadership potential. Topics include finding a mentor and sponsor, making an effective impact, and navigating gender dynamics.


About the Presenters

Prof. Brush is one of the early pioneers in entrepreneurship research, and conducted one of the first and largest studies in the US.  She is a principle investigator in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, has co-authored reports for OECD and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and presented her work at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the US Department of Commerce.  Professor Brush has authored more than 160 publications in entrepreneurship, including 12 books, and is one of the most highly cited researchers in the field.  Her current research investigates angel capital funding of nascent ventures and venture capital funding of women entrepreneurs.

For the past 11 years, she was Department Chair of Entrepreneurship and Vice Provost at Babson College, the number 1 ranked school in entrepreneurship for the past 18 years.  Most recently, she and two colleagues, authored a book, Teaching Entrepreneurship, a Practice Based Approach, which broke all sales records for the publisher.  She is a co-founder of the Diana Project, a research collaboration of more than 500 researchers, which investigates access to growth capital of women entrepreneurs around the world. She was recognized in 2007 by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers as a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Scholar, in 2015 was awarded a lifetime membership for her contributions to the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Consortium, and selected as a Longnecker Fellow for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Professor Brush's research is often featured in popular media including the Wall Street JournalBusiness Week on Line, the Boston Globe and Inc. Her most recent investigation of women entrepreneurs, the Diana Project Report, Closing the Gender Gap in Venture Capital, received a billion media imprints. She is on the board of directors for Anchor Capital Advisors LLC, Solo Coco (Dominican Republic), is a member of the Boston Harbor Angels investment group, and participates in Portfolia. She has coached and advised hundreds start-up ventures. She holds a doctorate from Boston University and an honorary PhD from Jonkoping University.  She is a Senior Editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and serves on four other editorial review boards.

Susan Duffy is the Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), where she advances a gender-enlightened business ecosystem in which all entrepreneurial leaders are encouraged to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society.  Under Susan's leadership the CWEL offers a portfolio of world class programs for undergraduate, graduate and executive women; disseminates research into the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders; and advances gender acumen as a growth strategy for all. Susan is a co-founder of Babson's Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab, an inspired educator and an advocate for gender equity as a driver of social and economic growth. She has won numerous awards for her leadership contributions at the national and international levels.

Susan earned her Ph.D. from The George Washington University.  Before entering academia Susan was a leader in healthcare foodservice, co-owned a commercial construction company, and owned and operated Ho-Lee-Chow, a Chinese fast-food franchise.  Susan is an advisor to several early stage companies and is an angel investor. She serves on the boards of the Tory Burch Foundation and the Walmart Foundation International Advisory Council.