Our inaugural class of JBF WEL fellows working on growing their businesses at Babson College, September 2017.

The 2019 application period has closed. For more information on the 2019 class, view the full press release, here.

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The Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (WEL), a part of our Women's Leadership Programs presented by Audi, is comprised of an annual fellowship for a class of up to 20 women to attend a five-day entrepreneurship and leadership training program, developed with 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.

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

Want to know if WEL is good fit for you? If you are...

  • 21 years of age or older
  • An individual who identifies as a female who has worked in the culinary industry and/or trained as a chef or pastry chef
  • Established in your culinary career  
  • A current owner or co-owner of one or two restaurants or food businesses in the United States, with a strong desire to learn, network, and grow your business
  • Interested in an intensive entrepreneurial management program that also provides gender-specific training and leadership development

Then WEL is right for you!

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For more information about the Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, please email Emily Rothkrug at erothkrug@jamesbeard.org.

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