The Center for Women and Business (CWB) Women’s Leadership Program empowers young women to lead. CWB Leaders gain essential skills and experiences that enhance their potential to advance into leadership roles across all areas of business. View frequently asked questions.
The Application for the Class of 2023 Women's Leadership Program is now available!
To apply, students complete a short supplemental application that is reviewed by Bentley’s Admissions Office as part of the undergraduate admissions process. Selection is based on leadership potential demonstrated in the student's Bentley application and is identified through essays, recommendations and/or extracurricular activities. Apply to the Women's Leadership Program by January 7, 2019. This four-year program is open to first-year applicants only. Decisions are announced as part of the regular decision process.
The four-year Women’s Leadership Program exposes students to co-curricular, workplace, and academic learning. CWB Leaders also receive a significant, annual financial award that is applied toward tuition at Bentley equal to $10,000 per year for a total of $40,000 during their 4-year undergraduate experience.
Exploring the Landscape
CWB Leaders begin the program by gaining awareness of current social and workplace diversity issues and developing a broader understanding of leadership. This provides a foundation, which students build upon over the course of the program. Students also begin to gain real-world perspectives and make meaningful connections through meetings with corporate mentors and corporate visits that continue throughout their experience.
Building Competence and Confidence
During each year of the program, CWB Leaders have the opportunity to participate in workshops, roundtables, and corporate events that explore critical gender equity issues on a deeper level and develop effective leadership communications skills. Students learn strategies to understand and address issues such as unconscious bias, the gender confidence gap, and the value of men allies. They can work on developing effective negotiation or presentation skills and developing a personal brand. The result is a self-advocacy tool-kit that advances their leadership potential.
Developing Authentic Leadership
CWB Leaders focus on what it means to be authentic, inclusive, and informed leaders. Through a strengths-based assessment, they become aware of their unique strengths and how to use their strengths as authentic leaders and team players. Through a flexible, student-planned leadership experience, students are able to deepen their understanding of how to leverage their strengths and gain confidence as authentic leaders.
Preparing to Launch
When they graduate, CWB Leaders are able to recognize, impact, and benefit from an inclusive workplace culture. Students will have a network of professionals, faculty, and peers who will be important resources in advancing the students’ professional and educational careers. The program culminates with CWB Leader presentations, in which students synthesize their learning on gender diversity and reflect on their development as leaders.
Women’s Leadership Program Topics and Skills
Leadership and Communications
- Authentic leadership
- Effective negotiation
- Effective communications
- Executive presence
- Creative confidence
- Collaboration and teamwork
Gender Equity and Workplace Dynamics
- The status of gender equity in the workplace
- The effect of unconscious bias and micro-inequities
- Closing the gender confidence gap
- Self-advocacy tools to foster inclusion
- Men as allies in creating gender equity
- The importance of mentorship, sponsorship, and networking
- Addressing sexual harassment
- Managing work/life balance