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Welcome to Bentley’s Center for Women and Business

The Center for Women and Business envisions a world where corporations recognize the importance of gender balance throughout their organizations and at all levels of 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, men in partnership to achieve gender diversity, unconscious bias, gender intelligence, and more. Our signature student program is a CWB Fellowship open to men and women that provides opportunities to explore all aspects of gender equity via roundtables, corporate visits, special events, and group mentoring. We also mentor and advise the Women’s Leadership Floor, a living community in which female students explore contemporary 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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