The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College


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The recipient of the Massachusetts Historical Commission Award, Roy MacDowell is the founder and past president of the landscape design and construction company the MacDowell Company. Now the principal of Baystone Development, Roy MacDowell is a past trustee of Babson College.

Founded in 1919 with 27 students, Babson College has grown to accommodate more than 3,000 undergrads, the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and an Executive Education program. Consistently ranked as the top school for undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship studies by the U.S. News & World Report, Babson follows guiding principles designed to create leaders with significant social and economic impact. To increase its potential for positive impact, the college supports several institutes and centers to share research and allow students to receive hands-on education. Among them is the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL).

Established in 1999, CWEL offers current students and alumni educational resources, mentoring opportunities, and the chance to experiment to achieve social and economic value. To attain those goals, CWEL sponsors a number of annual programs, each of which focuses on a different issue or specialty area. For example, the Women Innovating Now lab helps 20 women develop and build their ventures over the course of the year-long program. The Mentor Mashups program brings students and successful mentors together for networking and discussion groups.