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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.

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. 

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CWB News and Updates

Own Your Story

Own Your Story

The most powerful things we have are the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, what that means, and what we’re capable and deserving of. That story informs all of our decisions, our actions, our interactions, and our relationships. In this talk, Maria shares relatable pieces of her own story to connect to attendees and she shares relevant tools to help others shift their stories to align with a more positive mindset that will create healthier dynamics within themselves first. When we are able to do that, we cultivate healthier dynamics within every area of our lives- personal, business, and otherwise.

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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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