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The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business

Advancing Women and Workplace Diversity

The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) at Bentley University provides thought leadership on critical diversity issues, and offers tools and training to foster inclusive organizations. Our programs inform and empower students, alumni, and business professionals — from the classroom to the boardroom. About the CWB.

Diversity and Inclusion Insights and Interventions

CWB News and Updates

2020 Women on Boards

On November 21st, thousands across the country discuss the importance of board diversity. The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University will once again host this annual event to raise awareness, address key issues, and generate support for the 2020 Women on Boards campaign.

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2020 Women on Boards Flyer
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Empowering Women to Lead

The CWB offers a unique undergraduate program focused on preparing and empowering young women to lead. During the four-year co-curricular Women’s Leadership Program, students gain essential skills and strategies that build confidence and advance leadership potential. Prospective first-year students apply as part of the admission process — the program is open to students who identify as female. 

To apply, students must complete two additional questions for Bentley University on the Common Application by January 7, 2020.

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What is Your Sparkle?

In her TEDx talk, Isha Joshi '21 shares that one of her favorite quotes is Leave a little sparkle wherever you go. She explains,” ... your 'sparkle' is the impact you leave on others or the impact you wish to leave on others." She encourages everyone to actively find their sparkle to develop a mindset focused on optimism and growth and use that to propel future success. Isha is a Marketing and Finance major and is heavily involved on campus including the CWB Women’s Leadership Program.

Diversity and Inclusion News

How Salesforce Closed the Pay Gap Between Men and Women

WIRED - October 2019
By:  Monica Langley and Marc Benioff

The Business Case for More Diversity

The Wall Street Journal - October 2019 
By: Dieter Holger

If Women Don’t Apply to Your Company, This Is Probably Why

HBR - October 2019
By: Lori Mackenzie, Alison Wynn, and  Shelley J. Correll

Women's Leadership Program participant surrounded by peers listening to workshop speaker

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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