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About the CWB

The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) at Bentley University provides thought leadership and training on critical diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. CWB facilitators lead hundreds of sessions with businesses worldwide, providing knowledge and tools to foster inclusive organizations.


Our dynamic programs focusing on workplace inclusion range from strategic sessions for senior leaders to hands-on workshops for emerging professionals. Topics include

  • Corporate Culture, Unconscious Bias, and Inclusive Leadership
  • Allyship, including Men in Partnership to Advance Women 
  • Building Confidence and Overcoming Unseen Barriers 
  • The Role of Courageous Conversations 
  • Mentorship, Sponsorship, and Networks 
  • Talent Pipeline Issues from Entry Level to the Boardroom
  • The Impact of Intersectionality
  • Authentic Leadership and Team Development
  • Effective Negotiations
  • Workplace Flex and Parental Leave
  • Taking Employee Resource Groups to the Next Level
  • Developing Diversity and Inclusion Metrics
  • The Multigenerational Workforce—Issues and Impacts
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Advancing Women and Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Fostering Inclusive Organizations

The CWB provides thought leadership and programs to meet the unique needs of early career professionals, front-line managers, and senior executives, including the C-suite and boardroom.

  • Custom In-House Programs: Skills-based diversity and inclusion programs optimized to meet the unique goals of the organization — each interactive forum includes actionable recommendations.
  • Executive Working Group: Brings business leaders together to explore key issues impacting workplace diversity and inclusion and discuss best practices that drive real change.
  • Gearing Up Conference: A transformational one-day conference focused on the unique needs and aspirations of professionals.
  • Thought Leadership: CWB curated research reports synthesize current literature, practical research, and solutions to key issues impacting diversity and inclusion.


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Thought Leadership

Insight and Interventions

CWB curated research reports synthesize current literature, practical research, and solutions to key issues impacting diversity and inclusion (D&I). Each report provides insights and interventions to help organizations make progress toward their D&I goals.

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Bentley faculty member leads a workshop on unconscious bias for a CWB corporate partner

Working with Faculty

Bentley faculty work closely with our center through research, speaking engagements, teaching and student mentorship. 

Bentley University Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility LogoThe CWB also collaborates with faculty as part of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility (BAESR). The BAESR supports and encourages greater awareness of, respect for, and commitment to ethics, service, social responsibility and sustainability in research, curricula and campus culture at Bentley.