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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.



  • Join us for the Women's Leadership Luncheon

    Come to campus on October 27 for a luncheon to learn about the leadership opportunities for women at Bentley University and how our campus empowers young women to lead.

    Register Today!
  • A Roadmap for Career and Life Success

    Find out how the Bentley experience provided Steph with the academic and career resources to launch a career at a health care IT company. 

    Read Steph's Story
  • Women's Leadership Application Now Open

    This four-year program empowers young women with the skills, real-world experiences, and confidence needed to advance into leadership roles. Award recipients receive $10,000 annually toward tuition and are selected from our first-year applicant pool.

    Explore the Program

The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) is dedicated to advancing women in business, from the classroom to the boardroom. Our student programs include:

  • Student Fellowship, which offers real-world leadership preparation and understanding of contemporary women's and families' workplace issues. Through forums, corporate visits and community events addressing gender equity issues and workplace dynamics, CWB Fellows delve into issues such as the millennial generation’s impact on the workplace, the benefits of gender balance, gender intelligence, unconscious bias, men as allies, the wage gap and strategic authenticity. 
  • Bentley Women's Network (BWN) is dedicated to the engagement of women in economic development.  Each semester, the BWN hosts an on-campus conference to build awareness of the skills and strategies necessary to the advancement of women in business. 

  • Women's Leadership Community, one of the Defined Communities offered through our Residence Life Office.  Housed within the Trees Complex, the Women’s Leadership Community provides a space for women to interact and live among peers who share interest in issues relating to social justice, women’s advancement, and women’s leadership. Learning outcomes include developing essential leadership skills relevant to future careers and success at Bentley and access to guest speakers, presentations, conferences, and networking events.

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 submit an application, click here

SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality) is a student-run club that facilitates discussion and support of gender, diversity and other women’s issues, both on and off campus, including:

  • An extensive library of educational and recreational resources on women and gender issues
  • Space for meeting and campus/community organizing
  • Community service opportunities
  • Awareness and charity events.


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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. 

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