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Center for Women and Business

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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.

Corporate Programs for Inclusive Organizations and Employees

We design and deliver innovative, transformative programs, training, and tools to help organizations create inclusive cultures. Our interactive, customized programs, and curated research inform and empower people and organizations to make meaningful, positive change in their organizations. Our work is informed by our decade of experience with hundreds of organizations, our industry research, and Bentley’s academic and business expertise.

Programs for Students

The CWB offers programs that promote intersectional gender equity on Bentley’s campus. During our programs, students of all genders, graduate and undergraduate, engage with these topics in a safe and brave environment and learn strategies that transform their knowledge and beliefs into actionable allyship on campus and beyond. The CWB also collaborates 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.

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

CWB News and Updates

Rainbow Scholars Program

New Rainbow Scholars Program

In partnership with the Gender and Sexuality Student Programs office, the CWB is launching the Rainbow Scholars Program. This new year-long leadership program is designed to provide LGBTQ+ (and allied) undergraduate members of the Bentley community with the opportunity to grow in both their personal and professional development through learning, engagement, and networking opportunities. By participating in various workshops, students will develop skills of leadership, advocacy, and identity awareness. Additionally, this program provides participants with a $1,000 stipend. 

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Take Ownership of Your Organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Journey

Bentley University’s Diversity & Inclusion Champion Certificate equips business executives with the training and tools to create and nurture an inclusive organizational culture. Participants in the program move from individual self-reflection and learning, to team-level diagnosis and interventions, and finally to organizational and system-level change planning.

Registration is open and our first session begins on October 6, 2022! 

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Diversity and Inclusion Insights and Interventions

Diversity and Inclusion News

Diverse Outcomes and Hidden Challenges

Asian American workers: Diverse Outcomes and Hidden Challenges

McKinsey & Company

September 2022

Data Shows Gender Pay Gap Opens Early


Wall Street Journal 

August 2022

The C-Suite's Role in Well-Being



Deloitte Insights

June 2022

Women's Work Often Goes Unrewarded


Wall Street Journal

May 2022

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Support CWB Student Programs

Our approach is sophisticated, but our resources are limited. Each year, the CWB spearheads programs and learning opportunities — like the Women’s Leadership Program, Student Fellowships and the Men of Alliance student group — that benefit hundreds of students. We need your support to maintain and grow key opportunities that prepare our students to succeed. 

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