Center for Entrepreneurial Women’s Leadership
The Center for Entrepreneurial Women's Leadership at Babson College is dedicated to advancing enterprising women at all stages of their professional development and helping the organizations they work in achieve a competitive advantage through leveraging the talents of an increasingly gender diverse work force.
Principal StaffDr. J. Janelle (Jan) Shubert, Director, Center for Women's Leadership, Adjunct Professor of Management
Ph. (781) 239-5585
Judi Reed, Assistant Director, The Center For Women's Leadership
Areas of Expertise:Advancing Women's Leadership, Business & Entrepreneurship, Diversity & Leadership, Awareness & Education, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development, Women's & Girls' Leadership
Projects & Campaigns
"Navigating a Consumer Marketing Career" panel discussion: A panel featuring consumer marketing careers, which attracted over 180 male and female students to hear four alumnae panelists discuss strategies and tactics on how to break into the consumer marketing field.
"Decisions in My Corporate Career": An event featuring four highly-successful corporate women and the choices they made throughout their careers.
"Career Strategies: A Woman's Perspective": A half-day student event focused on a variety of career-related panel presentations including; The Interviewer's Point of View, Executive Presence: The "It" in "She's Got It". Creative Strategies for Success in a Tough Market, Job Transition Success Stories and " How Do You Do It?" Work-Life Balance.
"Women in Family-Owned Businesses" (August 2003) : This ground-breaking first look at what makes woman-owned family businesses different was led by CWL and sponsored by MassMutual Life Insurance Company. The study compares and contrasts the businesses owned by women versus men. Highlights of the study show that woman-owned family businesses: h ave increased by 37% in the last five years, to 15.6% across the U.S; tend toward higher rates of productivity as well as philanthropy ; a nticipate a positive future for their companies (by a two-to-one ratio among respondents), despite a continued poor economy.
Gatekeepers of Venture Growth: The Role and Participation of Women in the Venture Capital Industry: Office Depot Women represent less than 10 percent of high-level venture capitalists, and they have been leaving the industry at twice the rate of men, according to a first-ever study released by the Kauffman Foundation at the Small Business Administration's entrepreneurship conference in Washington , DC . The study, Gatekeepers of Venture Growth , is the latest report of the Diana Project, a multi-year, multi-university study of women business owners and business growth opportunities. The research, coauthored by Undergraduate Dean Patricia Greene, ultimately seeks to determine whether having more women in decision-making roles in the venture capital industry would provide greater access to women entrepreneurs who seek funding.
The Top Woman-Led Businesses in Massachusetts : 2002 Results (November 2003): Research on over 225 woman-led businesses shows these firms leading the economic recovery:
* Revenues among the Top 100 woman-led businesses in the state exceeded $6.5 billion in 2002, with permanent employment of over 32,300 people.
* Woman-led businesses continue to thrive in professional services, high technology, and construction, industries that drive economic development.
* Growth at woman-led businesses has outpaced the general economy
"Women Building Businesses": a co-sponsored event with the Babson Entrepreneurial Exchange that brought dynamic female entrepreneurs to campus who discussed their journey and growing ventures.
* * Institutional Change
"Women Leading Change" Conference: A full-day conference focused on providing attendees with the tools they need to drive change, shape change, and lead change in their personal and business worlds.
* Work and Family
"Both Sides of Work and Family": A panel discussion with dual career couples on how they have achieved work/life balance.
Nan S. Langowitz, Professor and Founding Director of The Center for Women’s Leadership, and Anne Donnellon, Associate Professor and co-founder of The Center for Women’s Leadership, Babson College
The journal of Strategy and Leadership recently published (May/June 2009 Vol. 37, No. 3) findings by Babson professors Anne Donnellon and Nan Langowitz on corporate women’s networks. “Corporate women’s networks have existed for more than 25 years, with varying results. This study aims to provide new ways to assess and enhance the strategic value of women’s networks in terms of both talent and business development.” more>>>
Reports & Resources
CWL Newsletter: This monthly newsletter is available for online subscription at http://www.babson.edu/cwl/newsletter. It includes information about upcoming events, research, and Center news.
Allen, I. Elaine, PhD, Nan Langowitz DBA, and Maria Minniti, PhD. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2006 Report on Women and Entrepreneurship.
As high potential leaders take on more strategic responsibility within their organizations, it is important that they have an opportunity to assess personal and organizational strengths, opportunities, and challenges.
Location: Babson Executive Conference Center, Wellesley, Massachusetts (20 minutes from Boston)
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Grants and Scholarships
The lack of media coverage and its affect on women business owners. In this episode of The Massachusetts School of Law's Educational Forum entitled, Successful Women In The Corporate And Business Worlds, Professor of Law Connie Rudnick interviews Dr. Nan Langowitz, Associate Professor of Management and Entrepeneurship at Babson College, Deborah DiSanzo, CEO of Healthcare Informatics for Phillips Healthcare, Shirley Singleton, CEO of Edgewater Technology and Dr. Radha Jalan, CEO of ElectroChem Inc.
Negotiating the expectations of social norms in the business world. In this episode of The Massachusetts School of Law's Educational Forum entitled, Successful Women In The Corporate And Business Worlds, Professor of Law Connie Rudnick interviews Dr. Nan S. Langowitz, Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Babson, Deborah DiSanzo, CEO of Healthcare Informatics for Phillips Healthcare, Shirley Singleton, CEO of Edgewater Technology and Dr. Radha Jalan, CEO of ElectroChem Inc.
Conversation with Debra Facktor Lepore: Challenges for women in Science, Engineering, and Technology.
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.