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About Us

The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University is dedicated to advancing women and workplace diversity from the classroom to the boardroom.

We provide thought leadership on critical diversity issues, and offer tools and training to foster inclusive organizations. Our programs inform and empower students, alumni, and business professionals.

Through a dynamic suite of programs, we  focus on critical issues impacting workplace and gender diversity:

  • Building Confidence and Overcoming Unseen Barriers 
  • Men in Partnership to Advance Women
  • Mentorship, Sponsorship, and Networks
  • Advancing Women to the C-Suite and Boardroom
  • Women’s Workplace Retention and Re-Entry
  • Corporate Culture and its Impact on Workplace Diversity
  • Unlocking Unconscious Bias for Inclusive Leadership
  • Workplace Flex and Parental Leave
  • Pipeline Issues
  • Measuring Success
  • Wage Parity
  • Employee Resource Groups

Programs for Business Professionals

CWB Corporate EventThe CWB provides thought leadership on critical diversity issues, best practices and policies and offers programs to help our corporate partners ignite change and advance their diversity goals.

  • Executive Working Group - brings business leaders together to explore workplace diversity issues and discuss best practices that drive real change. Participation includes:
    • Roundtable Discussions - Small group sessions to discuss key issues and identify actionable solutions.
    • CWB Curated Research - Current reporting on critical workplace diversity issues and solutions.
    • Topical Panel Discussions - industry experts address timely issues.
    • Executive Follow-up Reports - key recommendations to use in the workplace.
  • Custom In-House Programs offer skills-based, inspiring workshops and conferences to address the specific needs and challenges of an organization..
  • Gearing Up focuses on the unique needs and aspirations of early-career women with targeted workshops, keynotes and networking opportunities.
  • 2020 Women on Boards National Conversation on Board Diversity builds awareness on the importance of board diversity and inspires women to pursue board director positions.

Programs for Students

Student DiscussionWe prepare men and women for success and leadership in the workplace through experiential learning and academic theory. Our programs focus on critical workplace diversity issues and strategies for self-advocacy and inclusive leadership.

  • Women's Leadership Program: A four-year program that empowers young women with the essential skills, real-world experiences, and confidence needed to advance into leadership roles.
  • Student Fellowship: A one-semester fellowship with the CWB that provides men and women real-world leadership preparation through an exploration of current gender and workplace diversity issues and best practices. 
  • Bentley Women's Network (BWN): A student group dedicated to the economic engagement of women through on-campus conferences that build student awareness and confidence.
  • Men of Alliance: A student group that bring together male students interested in learning about gender equity issues and demonstrating active support for their female peers in the classroom and the workplace.
  • Women’s Leadership Community: A defined community that gives first-year women early exposure to leadership and workplace diversity concerns.
  • CWB Connection: Provides Bentley students with a connection to CWB event invites and bi-weekly updates on relevant opportunities on campus.

Programs for Alumni

We help alumni address workplace diversity issues and develop strategies for self-advocacy and success. 

Working with Faculty

Bentley faculty work closely with our center through research, speaking engagements, teaching and student mentorship. In partnership with the Bentley Faculty Research Council, we sponsor an annual roundtable series to highlight faculty research on gender and diversity issues.

The CWB also participates in the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility (BAESR). The role of the BAESR is to amplify and extend the work of the autonomous centers and initiatives on campus, supporting and encouraging greater awareness of, respect for, and commitment to ethics, service, social responsibility and sustainability in our research, curricula and campus culture. The Center for Women and Business is proud to be a partner in the Alliance.