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The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business

Advancing Intersectional Gender Equity

Our Mission

The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) advances intersectional gender equity from the classroom to the boardroom. We center the voices of leaders from historically excluded communities to empower women and gender-diverse leaders through innovative research and professional development opportunities.

Defining Intersectional Gender Equity

Achieving intersectional gender equity is the intended outcome of all the CWB’s work and is core to its mission. When intersectional gender equity exists, all individuals experience a world in which access to rights, responsibilities, and opportunities are no longer impaired by historical acts of exclusion based on intersecting and inseparable identities such as gender, race, orientation, class, disability, and more.

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Corporate Programs for Inclusive Organizations and Employees

We design and deliver transformative programs, custom workshops, and tools to help organizations create inclusive cultures. Our interactive programs inform and empower people and organizations to make meaningful, positive changes in their organizations. 

Programs for Students

The CWB offers programs that promote intersectional gender equity on Bentley’s campus. We collaborate with various departments within the Bentley community to deliver campus-wide workshops supporting our mission to advance intersectional gender equity from the classroom to the boardroom.

Gearing Up Conference

The Gearing Up Conference is the CWB's flagship event held annually at Bentley University for young business professionals in their early to mid-careers. Women, gender-diverse individuals as well as allies are Geared Up through various workshops, panels, and hand-picked guest speakers. 

The CWB is now conducting class visits. Reach out to learn more!

CWB News and Updates

Save the date

Rainbow Conference 2023

April 16, 2024 | 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
LaCava Conference Center Room 325 

The Rainbow Scholars Leadership Development Program is proud to announce the second annual Rainbow Conference. Hosted at Bentley and sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Student Programs Office (GSSP) and Center for Women and Business (CWB), this event serves as the culminating element of the Rainbow Scholars Program, which was recently named NASPA Program of the Year for Massachusetts.

Join us as our Rainbow Scholars delve into a myriad of subjects, shedding light on topics related to global LGBTQ+ society, policies and law; creating inclusive corporate structures; and understanding queer and trans health. All are welcome to participate in this enriching experience, where you will engage in interactive activities crafted to inspire thought, reflection, learning and action.

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Executive Lectureship in Business Ethics

April 11, 2024 | 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Adamian Building, Wilder Pavilion 

Join Kathryn Kosmides, the founder of Garbo, a tech nonprofit focused on preventing harm online. It discusses the recent decision to shut down Garbo's innovative background check service and end a partnership with a major dating app company, highlighting the commitment to prioritizing protection over profits. Participants explore the complexities of decision-making, the nuances of operating in grey areas, and the collective efforts needed from individuals, platforms, and policymakers to ensure safety in digital interactions. Join us for an exciting conversation on complex decision-making, operating in grey areas, and how to fight for protection over profits.

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(In-person attendees do not need to register) 

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Forging the Future of the Biotech Workforce

April 23, 2024 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Bentley University | LaCava Conference Center

Join us as we host Latinos in Bio, an organization of Latino (or Latinx) leaders and professionals in Biotechnology and the life sciences in Massachusetts, for an incredible event! This event will spotlight accomplished women who lead in the dynamic world of the biotech industry, providing valuable insights for aspiring professionals who want to forge a future in this growing industry. Attendance is free, but registration is required. 

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Changing the Face of the C-Suite: Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace

Last fall, the CWB partnered with Cambridge Savings Bank to host a panel discussion, “Changing the Face of the C-Suite: Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace, " highlighting the systemic issues impacting working caregivers and the caregiving industry. This event underscored why it is a business imperative to invest in this growing demographic and how doing so will propel more diverse leadership in organizations.

To further the dialogue around this critical topic, we are proud to release this updated research report, which delves deeper into caregiving intricacies. The report explores evolving landscapes, historical contexts, and pandemic-induced challenges for working caregivers. From the "Childcare Cliff" to economic tolls on women, the report offers actionable recommendations, emphasizing flexibility and mental health support for caregivers at all levels.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program Sign-Up

Bentley University's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate Programs equip business executives with the tools to create an inclusive organizational culture. Our program is designed to apply an intersectional lens to change management theories, transforming learners into agents of change.

Using our Race/And approach, participants will engage in self-reflection, expand their understanding of DEIJ fundamentals, delve into team-level diagnosis and interventions, and gain insights into organizational and system-level change planning. Graduates leave with a personalized change initiative, becoming advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

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