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The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) seeks to create a gender-enlightened business ecosystem where a diverse range of entrepreneurial leaders is encouraged to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society.

The center does this by empowering women leaders through educational programs, events, and research while also promoting gender equity as a growth strategy that allows all individuals and organizations around the world to embrace their strengths and reach their full potential.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  • From Root to Sky: Sachiko Akiyama
    From Root to Sky: Sachiko Akiyama Full Details [X]
    04/05/2017 - 05/19/2017 All Day Event
    Babson Campus - Hollister Hall - Lobby
    <strong><span style="font-size: 20px;"><a href="https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/967288">Click here to RSVP</a></span></strong><br /> <br /> Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, April 5, 5:00 P.M.<br /> Exhibit on View: April 5&ndash;May 19<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sachiko Akiyama&rsquo;s work brings together artistic influences of Brancusi, Egyptian funerary sculptures, medieval Christian woodcarvings, and contemporary sculptors with the artist&rsquo;s personal experiences and Japanese heritage, notably Japanese fairy tales. &nbsp;Her carvings convey a sense of centeredness and direct connections to nature that opens up the door to creation mythologies and other mystical possibilities. The figures&rsquo; relationships to flora, fauna, and the elements speak metaphorically to the ways we find meaning in our lives and meet the challenges of our surroundings.
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  • 04/05/2017 - 05/19/2017 All Day Event
  • | Babson Campus - Hollister Hall - Lobby
  • Social Innovator Award Panel
    Social Innovator Award Panel Full Details [X]
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Babson Campus - Knight Auditorium
    Join us on Wednesday Apr 5th at 5pm in Knight Auditorium for a panel with past Social Innovator Award recipients Razia Jan, Gavin Armstrong, Dr. Kwabena Darko, and 2015 Lewis Community Changemaker Award Winner Catalina Escobar.&nbsp;
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  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • | Babson Campus - Knight Auditorium

Thursday, April 6, 2017

  • Embrace: One woman's journey to inspire ev...
    Embrace: One woman's journey to inspire everyBODY Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Babson Campus - Olin Hall - Olin Auditorium
    <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Embrace: One woman's journey to inspire everyBODY</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Thursday, April 6, 2017</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Olin Auditorium</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Frank W. Olin Hall</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Babson College, Wellesley</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Film screening will be followed by a discussion and facilitated audience Q&amp;A with&nbsp;<strong>Dr. Lindsay Segar</strong>, Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Babson College and <strong>Dr. Monica O'Neal</strong>, Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Harvard Medical School.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Refreshments to follow.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Calibri;">FREE&nbsp;<br /> </strong><br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><strong>Registration is required. Register today by clicking the button at the top!<br /> <br /> This Film Is Not Yet Rated - Contains Nudity, Language&nbsp;<br /> </strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Watch the official trailer - </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; color: #0563c1;"><a href="https://bodyimagemovement.com/embrace/about-the-film/">https://bodyimagemovement.com/embrace/about-the-film/</a><br /> <br /> </span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">When Australian woman Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo (celebrating body diversity) on Facebook in 2013 it was shared worldwide and seen by more than 100 million people.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; color: #0563c1;"><br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">The overwhelming response inspired Taryn to learn more about the global issue of body loathing. She launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to produce a documentary film. Her campaign was supported by nearly 9,000 Kickstarter donors who pledged more than $330,000. Babson College's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) was proudly one of the first corporate-level sponsors of the project. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Released in 2016, the documentary "Embrace" follows Taryn&rsquo;s crusade as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her effervescent style, Taryn explores the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Embrace had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it was chosen as one of the festival directors&rsquo; top 5 picks. It was released in the US in September, 2016.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">"Our body is not an ornament but a vehicle, says Taryn Brumffit, whose life-endorsing documentary is a surprisingly moving experience. Surprising because the film canvasses issues far beyond the superficial stories about Photoshop, skinny supermodels and unattainable beauty. In her debut film, Bruffit, who garnered attention with arresting before and after photographs of herself posted on social media, has created an inspiring work in which the different ideals of beauty are explored." </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">-- Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile</span></p> <br /> <div class="telerik_paste_container" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; left: 4px; top: 21px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; position: absolute;">&nbsp;</div> <span id="docs-internal-guid-d4fc8535-6af2-8138-1021-416d790d4bbc"></span> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <br /> <strong>Event Cost:</strong><br /> FREE <br /> You may opt in to make a $5 donation to support the Center for Women&rsquo;s Entrepreneurial Leadership. (Total charge = $5).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Register today</strong> by clicking the button at the top!<br /> <hr /> <strong>Contact Information:<br /> </strong> Name: Linda Woods Curtin<br /> Phone: 781-239-6388<br /> Email: <span style="color: #006643;"><a href="mailto:lwoods@babson.edu"><span style="color: #006643;">lwoods@babson.edu</span></a></span><br /> <hr /> <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10px; color: #605f5d;">Babson College is pleased to pass along information regarding alumni volunteer activities and events that may be of interest to you. &nbsp;The College does not directly control these activities and events, and assumes no responsibility for any related damage, injury, or loss.</span><br /> <hr /> <br /> <div class="telerik_paste_container" style="border-width: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; left: 4px; top: 197px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden; position: absolute;">&nbsp;</div>
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • | Babson Campus - Olin Hall - Olin Auditorium

Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Lavender Graduation Celebration
    Lavender Graduation Celebration Full Details [X]
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Tahoma; color: #605f5d;">Babson's annual<strong>&nbsp;Lavender Graduation</strong>&nbsp;is a celebratory event at which we recognize the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ ) and ally students. &nbsp;We also honor Babson&nbsp;students,&nbsp;faculty, staff, alumni and friends through the Babson Pride Awards.&nbsp;2017 will mark Babson&rsquo;s 5th annual Lavender Graduation.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><strong><em><br /> </em></strong></span><span style="color: #605f5d; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 11px;"><br /> <strong>This year's featured speaker is Kit Yan '06&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Tahoma; color: #605f5d;"><br /> </span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; color: #605f5d;"><strong style="font-size: 11px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><br /> Everyone is welcome!</span></strong><span style="font-size: 11px;">&nbsp; </span><br /> <span style="font-size: 11px;"> Wear lavender colored clothes if you'd like.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 11px;"><br /> Note: At 9pm, Kit Yan will perform his one-man show, <em>Queer Heartache</em> in the Grille Room (connected to Roger's Pub)</span></span><br />
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  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Queer Heartache (featuring Kit Yan '06)
    Queer Heartache (featuring Kit Yan '06) Full Details [X]
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    <span style="letter-spacing: 0.18px; font-family: brandon-grotesque; font-size: 18px; color: #363636;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12px; font-family: 'MS Sans Serif';">An unforgettable performance by Babson alum, Kit Yan '06.</span></strong><span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: 'MS Sans Serif';"><br /> <em>Queer Heartache</em> is a one-person slam poetry show, which has toured around the country and was featured in the Chicago Fringe Festival, NYC Trans Poetry Festival and San Francisco Fringe.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </span></span><span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: 'MS Sans Serif';">(more details soon)</span>
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  • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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