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Empowering Women to Lead

At Bentley University, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to become a leader who makes an impact — both on campus and in the world. Empowering young women to succeed in the classroom and community is an integral part of our culture. From workshops designed for future women leaders, to mentor programs to partnerships with leading companies, you’ll find a commitment to enriching the lives and careers of women that is unmatched. Your Bentley experience will prepare you to lead, no matter what your field or passion.



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The Women's Leadership Program is a four-year program that empowers young women with the essential skills, real-world experiences, and confidence needed to advance into leadership roles.  Each year, leaders are selected from our first-year applicant pool through the regular decision process.  Transfer students are not eligible to apply. The program includes:

  • Leadership and professional skills workshops
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities
  • Invitations to events lead by leadership experts
  • Exposure to organizations where women thrive
  • Annual award of $10,000

To apply, complete a short, supplemental application by January 7, 2019. 

The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) is dedicated to advancing women and workplace diversity. Our student programs focus on critical workplace diversity issues and strategies for self-advocacy and inclusive leadership.  We prepare students for success!

  • 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. Students participate in workshops, retreats, and corporate events focused on tools for self-advocacy and inclusion and skills for effective communications and advancement. 
  • Student Fellowship: A one-semester fellowship that provides real-world leadership preparation through an exploration of current gender and workplace diversity issues and best practices. Fellows participate in roundtable and panel discussions, mentor circles, corporate visits, and targeted conferences.
  • Bentley Women's Network (BWN): A student group dedicated to the economic engagement of women through on-campus conferences that build awareness of the skills and strategies necessary for the advancement of women in business. 
  • Women's Leadership Community: A Defined Community within the Trees Complex, the Women’s Leadership Community provides a space for first-year women to interact and live among peers who share interest in issues relating to social justice, women’s advancement, and women’s leadership.
  • CWB Connection: A program which provides Bentley students with a connection to CWB event invitations and bi-weekly updates on relevant opportunities on campus and beyond.

Leadership development at Bentley is happening all over campus through the many opportunities women have to participate as leaders, mentors and tutors.  Here is just a sample of opportunities at Bentley:


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"Wonder Women" questions whether strong heroic female characters in television and cinema help real-life women, or simply reinforce old fantasies and stereotypes.

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First-year female students can apply to live on the Women’s Leadership Floor (WLF) and participate in leadership opportunities. 

Aspire to Lead Video

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“The combination of business with arts and sciences has had a huge impact on my career path, because it has made me so much more marketable than having just one of those focuses on its own.”

>> See how Kate '12 makes every second count at Dunkin' Brands

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"Bentley played a huge role in my professional and personal development and helped shape me into the person I am today."

>> See how Shanell '10 shapes the world at Unicef