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Program Structure

Each year of the Women's Leadership Program, WLP Leaders participate in diverse program events that build awareness and foster confidence - this includes workshops, mentor circles, and corporate visits. All program events listed are required. If a student misses an event due to an academic or athletic conflict, it is taken the following year. To remain in the program, students must participate in a minimum of three program events per semester.

CWB Leaders participate in group discussion on stereotypes

Workshops

Alumna Jane Steinmetz lead a mentor circle and talking about her career

Mentor Circles

CWB Leaders watch an engineer at Dassault Systemes demonstrate their technology

Corporate Visits

Year 1 Requirements - Exploring the Landscape

During the first year, WLP Leaders are introduced to key concepts in leadership and workplace diversity and begin to develop skills in interpersonal communications. They also make meaningful connections via peer mentors, corporate mentors, and visits to local companies.  

In year 1, students attend Orientation, eight program events, and CDI101:

Fall Semester

  • Orientation
  • Leadership Exploration Workshop
  • Unconscious Bias Workshop
  • Sexual Harassment Workshop

Spring Semester

  • Closing the Gap Workshop: Confidence and Other Hidden Barriers
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • One Mentorship Circle
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  • Career Development Introduction 101 (CD101)
Year 2 Requirements - Building Competence and Confidence

In the second year, WLP Leaders continue to explore equity issues and strategies, gain insight and experience in effective negotiations, unlock their creativity, and focus on building strong presence and presentation skills.They also continue to be inspired and informed by corporate mentors and visits. 

In year 2, students participate in seven program events, and CDI201:

Fall Semester

  • Creative Confidence Workshop 
  • Powerful Presence + Powerful Presence Labs
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    OR Corporate Mentor Circle
  • Career Development Introduction 201 (CD201)

Spring Semester

  • Effective Negotiations
  • Men as Allies
  • Perspectives: Hearing Others
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Year 3 Requirements - Developing Authentic Leadership

In the third year, WLP Leaders focus on understanding the value and impact of authentic leadership and gaining self-awareness of their talents and strengths as leaders and team members. They also gain insight on the importance of mentorship, sponsorship, and strategic networks, and continue to be inspired and informed by corporate mentors and visits. 

In year 3, students participate in five program events:

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 Students who do not study abroad will have the option to attend these workshops in the fall or spring.

    Taken either Fall or Spring Semester:

    • Mentorship, Sponsorship and Networking
    • Authentic Leadership:
      • Understanding Authentic Leadership and Followership
      • One-on-one CliftonStrengths coaching session 
      • Discovering Your Authentic Self
        Note: Ideally, all three Authentic Leadership elements should be taken in the same semester. Discovering Your Authentic Self is a follow-on to the coaching session and should be taken the same semester as the coaching session, if possible.

    Taken both Fall and Spring Semester when on campus

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    Year 4 - Preparing to Launch

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    In year 4, students participate in six or more program events (includes short workshops related to key life skills):

    Fall Semester

    • Authentic Leadership: Defining Your Vision for Leadership
    • Self-Advocacy Tools for Advancement and Advocacy 
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    Spring Semester

    • Preparing to Launch – Several one-hour workshops are offered and students attend at least two of their choice. [Please note these workshop offerings are under development and may change]
      • Self-Care
      • Financial Management
      • "Adulting"
      • Managing Up
    • Resources to Address Corporate Sexual Harassment
    Study Abroad Requirements

    WLP Leaders who study abroad will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a different culture and experience the country's social norms and attitudes – this includes attitudes and actions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To encourage the students to reflect on what they are experiencing, we ask that they observe and document their experiences relative to gender norms, stereotypes, and diversity by making entries in your Leadership Journal. Questions the students can consider:

    • How diverse is the campus environment? What is the gender and racial makeup of my classmates? How does this feel different than Bentley?
    • How diverse is the city/community when I am off campus? Do I feel welcome by the locals? How does this compare to my hometown?
    • Are men and women treated differently? How are they portrayed in local media and marketing materials – what are you seeing?
    • Am I treated differently because of my national origin, gender, race, or other social identity? What are specific examples? How does this feel different than my experiences in the U.S. or home country?
    • Did I observe any interactions or hear discussions (both on campus or off campus) that stood out?

    They then write a short essay (approx. 500 words) about their experiences and share it with the Women's Leadership Program via a community blog on our Blackboard site. Each fall, we hold an event where students can share photos, observations, and insights from their experiences with other WLP Leaders.

    Please note: Bentley will apply your Women's Leadership Program award while you study abroad as long as you are a full-time student and you are abroad during the fall or spring semester. 

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    Other Required Program Elements

    Academic Courses

    WLP Leaders take two related electives any time during the four-year program.

    Reflection Journal and Blueprint for Leadership

    Personal Leadership Journal

    After each program event, WLP Leaders write a short reflective essay, based on the experience, and add it to a personal, online Leadership Journal. This provides an opportunity for students to journal their leadership journey through the program.

    Personal Leadership Blueprint

    After key workshops, WLP Leaders will identify one or two personal or professional goals linked to the specific knowledge they gained in the workshop and add them to a personal, online Leadership Blueprint. Over time, they will track progress toward each goal, reflecting on and recording updates or challenges and provide self-evaluative comments on why they have or haven’t reached their goals. They will also adjust their goals and add new ones based on feedback and experiences.

    Volunteer at One GSSP Event Each Academic Year

    WLP Leaders help represent the Office of Gender and Sexuality Student Programs (GSSP) in campus-wide events as well as Admissions-related events. Students should volunteer for at least one event during the academic year. Examples include staffing a table for the Equal Pay Day, at a GSSP-sponsored basketball game, or at Women's History Month related activities. Admissions-related events include GSSP open house events and calls to admitted students. 

    The WLP Community

    Peer Mentoring

    Every first-year WLP Leader is paired with a peer mentor who is an upperclasswomen in the program. The introduction is made over the summer and the mentor answers questions about the program and Bentley, supports the transition into Bentley, and acts as an ongoing contact, resource, and friend.

    Student Advisory Team

    The Student Advisory Team is a small group of WLP Leader volunteers who take on roles within the WLP community to plan fun and educational programs. The roles include:

    • Alumni Events Chair – collaborate with the Office of Gender and Sexuality Student Programs (GSSP) and the Bentley Women’s Alumni Network to host one workshop, panel, or networking event per semester.
    • Social Events Chair – plan activities to foster community among WLP Leaders.
    • Leadership Lounge Chair – plan social gatherings in the Leadership Lounge to foster community among WLP Leaders.
    • Social Media Chair – collaborate with the GSSP to highlight Women’s Leadership Program events and workshops on Instagram.
    Gender and Sexuality Student Lounge

    Bentley’s Gender and Sexuality Student Lounge is a welcoming, inclusive space designed as a home base for students who identify as women and/or as LGBTQ+, and their allies. WLP Leaders can use this space to meet, study, chat, relax! Location: Student Center, Room 310A.

    Rona Mejiritski '22
    I have learned to embrace my own authentic leadership style and feel confident in all sorts of settings. I can look up to the women leaders who came in to speak to us and learn from their experiences to build my own definition of women in business and leadership.
    Rona Mejiritski ’22
    WLP Leader and Corporate Finance and Accounting Major