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Center for Women and Business

The Center for Women and Business (CWB) at Bentley University is dedicated to advancing women in business, from the classroom to the more about the CWB.

Celebrating Women's History Month

As we celebrate Women's History Month in March, what is the state of women in America? USA Today provides and update on the status of key women's issues is the United States.


History of Women at Bentley

  • In 1918, Bentley faced enrollment challenges due to WWI and, for the first time, admitted 162 women. Three stayed on and graduated in 1922.
  • Women were not admitted again until 1941. Bentley became officially co-educational in 1942.
  • In 1945, the first part-time female professor was hired to teach "social ethics."
  • In 1962, the first full-time female professor was hired in the English Dept.
  • In 2007, Gloria Larson became Bentley's first female president.
  • In 2017, Bentley alumnae are leaders across diverse industries. 


CWB Partners with Liberty Mutual to Launch New Women's Leadership Program

The Center for Women and Business has partnered with Liberty Mutual Insurance to strengthen young women’s leadership and education.

Thanks to a generous $1 million grant, Liberty Mutual will be the founding partner of the CWB’s new Women’s Leadership Program. The four-year program will develop and deliver women’s leadership training initiatives and prepare highly-qualified female students for success in their future careers. The Boston Globe featured the March 1st program announcement.

Gearing Up 2017 Registration is Open

Charting Your Path to Success

Reach Higher and Navigate the Corporate Talent Pipeline
Gearing Up is the premiere conference dedicated to women in the first decade of their career.

Friday, June 16, 2017 at Bentley's LaCava Center