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Welcome to Bentley’s Center for Women and Business

The CWB Envisions a world where women no longer make up a small fraction of corporate leadership. Our primary focus is helping corporations recruit, retain and advance women in the workplace through action steps and thought leadership. We also create leadership opportunities for students; collaborate with faculty; and engage in research to advance women in the workplace.


What We Do

Engage Corporations

We provide action steps to help employers create inclusive work environments where women can succeed and advance into leadership positions.

Corporate Challenge: Through our Corporate Challenge, we offer programming including best practices workshops, peer exchanges and thought leadership. Employers that join this initiative formally commit to hiring, retaining and advancing talented women.

Gearing Up Conference: For women in the first decade of their careers, we sponsor the annual Gearing Up Conference,  an intensive, one-day event for women in the first decade of their careers with interactive panels, skill-building workshops, and empowering keynote addresses.

Support Students

Student Leadership Programs: We prepare students for success and leadership in the workplace through experiential learning and academic theory in areas such as leadership, confidence, negotiation, public speaking, gender intelligence, and more. Our signature student programs are a 3-credit Leadership Class offered in partnership with the Management Department and a CWB Fellowship that pairs students with professional mentors. Together, these two programs provide skills development, opportunities for networking and attendance at topical presentations. In addition, we mentor and advise the Women’s Leadership Floor, a living community in which female students explore women’s workplace issues.

Engage in Research

Conduct Research: We conduct and utilize research to gain a deeper understanding of workplace gender equity issues and to develop solutions that will benefit women and the organizations that employ them. Corporate engagement in topical issues such as Workplaces that Work, Men in Partnership, Women’s Confidence, Gender Intelligence, and the impact of the Millennial Generation are explored and quantified through our survey work. Thought leadership pieces, including case studies, are a key research product.

Faculty Research: We collaborate with Bentley faculty to highlight their research on relevant topics such as women’s advancement, organizational culture, academic and professional confidence, and more. In 2016, we are introducing a faculty lecture series in partnership with Bentley’s Research Council.

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What's Happening

2020 Women on Boards

Thank you for supporting our 2020 Women on Boards event on November 20th. Learn more about the event and progress towards the goal of increasing women on boards through the links below.

 Many thanks to our major sponsors, John Hancock, Hill Holiday and US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.