The Women in Entrepreneur Leadership Program (WEL) comprises an annual fellowship for a class of up to 20 women to attend a five-day entrepreneurship and leadership training program, developed with and hosted at Babson College. Targeted to women chefs/owners of one restaurant or food business looking to expand and grow, the curriculum will address advanced business and finance concerns related to entrepreneurship and expansion, as well as provide gender-specific training and leadership development. An emphasis on work/life balance and other cultural issues will also be part of the program.

In addition to the Babson curriculum, JBF’s WEL Program will cultivate a group of mentors who agree to provide expertise and career development support to the participants on an ongoing basis once they leave the program. Occasional in-person meetings and webinars will be held throughout the year in order to grow the network of women leaders across the country.

The program was initiated by JBF supporter Jodie W. McLean, CEO of EDENS, one of the nation’s leading private retail real estate companies. 

For those interested in learning more about the 2017 WEL program call for applications, as well as other James Beard Foundation Women in Leadership programs, sign up for our email list. You’ll receive updates about application deadlines, events, and other program news. 



On January 26, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and Tiburon Tavern will host Women in the Kitchen, an event to celebrate JBF’s work in advancing women in the culinary industry. The walk-around tasting will feature dishes from JBF Award-winning female chefs and restaurateurs from across the country. The evening will also serve as an official kick off and fundraiser for the JBF Women in Entrepreneur Leadership (WEL) program, designed for female chefs/owners interested in growing and expanding their businesses.

To purchase tickets, please visit jamesbeard.org/events/women-in-the-kitchen.



For more information about the Women in Entrepreneur Leadership Program, please email Ashley Kosiak.