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Gearing Up Conference

2024: Stretch to the C-Suite

Stretch to the C-Suite

In 2022, men overwhelmingly dominated the C-suite, with only 26% of positions occupied by women. It's time for a change. The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University hosts its annual conference for early to mid-career business professionals, including women, gender-diverse individuals, and allies. This year's Gearing Up conference, themed "Stretch to the C-Suite," is dedicated to fostering the next generation of leaders in corporate settings. 

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Keynote Speaker: Lisa Sun

Lisa Sun is the Founder and CEO of Gravitas New York and has earned the title of National Bestselling Author of GRAVITAS (USA Today, No. 1 on Amazon). With a transformative journey from McKinsey & Company to entrepreneurship, Sun catalyzes confidence through GRAVITAS, a pioneering company offering size-inclusive apparel and styling solutions.

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Lisa Sun and her book GRAVITAS

Gearing Up Conference Countdown

June 13, 2024

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Skill Enhancement

✔ Workshops for enhancing leadership skills

✔ Focus on communication, negotiation, strategic thinking, and more

✔ Designed to equip participants with tangible skills

✔ Aimed at thriving in corporate settings

Networking and Mentorship

✔ Connect with like-minded individuals, potential mentors, and influential speakers

✔ Building a strong professional network emphasized

✔ Mentorship for career advancement

✔ Conference facilitates valuable connections

✔ The chance to collaborate with the CWB to host a corporate visit for graduate and undergraduate students. These visits provide students with the opportunity to learn about your organization while exposing them to different workplace environments within the corporate sector. 

Career Advancement Action Plan

✔ Learn actionable steps and best practices for career advancement 

✔ Panels and curated speakers provide real-world strategies

✔ Focus on breaking through barriers and advancing into C-suite positions

✔ Personalized action plans tailored to individual career goals

More Information

Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2024

Location:  LaCava Bentley University

Time: 7 AM - 5 pm ET

Price: Individual Ticket: $750.00

*No refunds 30 days before the conference.

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Thank You Gearing Up Sponsors

We extend a warm welcome to all our sponsors, who have demonstrated their unwavering dedication to their workforce, their organization, and their communities. We are grateful for your support and partnership in making this event a success.









The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business aims to create a welcoming space that celebrates the diversity of our community at the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. We are committed to providing and promoting a bias free environment by addressing issues of equity and inclusion through our conference.


The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University is committed to ensuring all individuals have access to the Gearing Up Conference. We are committed to providing accommodations to conference attendees, and if you need accommodations, including but not limited to listening devices, quiet or prayer spaces, closed captioning, large print, wheelchair access, and lactation rooms, please let us know. In addition, if you have any questions about the venue, or workshops, please get in touch with us at

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Bronze Sponsors

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A Transformational Day

CWB Gearing Up Collage
Dr. Tiffany Jana
It is through our relationships with other people that we become a better version of ourselves.
Dr. Tiffany Jana
Gearing Up 2021 Keynote Speaker, Founder, and Lead Consultant, TMI Consulting