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 inclusive entrepreneurial leaders of all gender identities 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, the CWEL mentorship programs have served thousands of learners and mentors. The programs are intentionally designed to offset the structural and perceptual barriers for women in business networks.

In addition to formal mentorship offered through accelerators and executive education programs, CWEL offers three, one-on-one mentorship programs, available to undergraduate and graduate students, delivered at critical points in their tenure at Babson.

  • CWEL Graduate Mentor Program Pairs graduate students with seasoned professionals (15+ years of executive experience) for advanced vocational exploration and career transition strategies for leaders.
  • CWEL Undergraduate Professional Mentor Program
    Pairs junior and senior students with early-career professionals (3-15 years of work experience) for vocational exploration and transition to work opportunities and challenges.
  • CWEL Undergraduate Near-Peer Mentor Program
    Pairs first-year students with upper-class students for adjustment to college and integration with the broader community 

Pairs meet regularly (virtually or in person) over the duration of the 12-week program. The experience is launched with a speed-networking matching session, to facilitate compatibility-based pairings, and closes with a celebratory reception.

Questions 

For questions about mentoring or student programs offered through CWEL, please email CWEL.

What Students Are Saying

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I had recently accepted a job right before connecting with my mentor and she was incredible in teaching me how to… help myself become more organized, become a good leader… and grow into my position. All of her advice and life experiences were super eye-opening and I cannot thank her enough for all of her wisdom.” - Katelyn Kohl, MBA'21 


 What Mentors Are Saying 

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As a new mom working through the pandemic, signing up to be a CWEL mentor was a great way to get back to some of my pre-mom/pre-pandemic life. I finally felt motivated to get my business, Stemwear, up and running and connected with some exceptional people. Through the cohort networking opportunities, I met my brand strategist and my mentee, who I am bringing on as an intern, this spring!" - Debra Swersky, MBA’15, Founder, Stemwear