Faculty Director Transition at CWEL
[This was posted on behalf of Fred Nanni, Provost]
This is the time of year when we focus on transitions and recognitions. There is a pending transition at the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL). One that calls for recognition and appreciation!Marjorie Feld is leaving the role of CWEL’s Faculty Director. I would like to thank her for four years of extraordinary leadership. Marjorie was CWEL’s first faculty director. Her energy, intelligence and commitment came together in an extraordinary portfolio of activities that advanced women’s entrepreneurial leadership and gender enlightenment throughout the Babson community. Some of Marjorie’s many accomplishments include: the creation of the “Gender Matters” module for FYS; planning and executing innovative, provocative and curriculum-aligned Women’s History Month events; curating and hosting the Gender Research Luncheon Series; coordinating the new Gender Film Initiative, co-creating Babson’s first baseline Gender Assessment; serving as the CWEL representative and faculty liaison to the LGBTQ Action Group; conducting Safe Zone training; leading the Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award team; planning the annual Women’s Faculty Gathering; managing the CWEL Faculty Research Fund; and, co-creating two new initiatives for the Babson community: the Diversity Matters luncheon series and the Parent Connections employee group. Marjorie was also the CWEL “faculty ambassador”: she welcomed new faculty to our community, introduced the Center to many faculty members who were previously unfamiliar with the CWEL mission, and continually sought points of synergy with colleague’s teaching and research agendas. Thanks to Marjorie, the CWEL is living up to its goal to be a “center for all.”
Please join me in saluting Marjorie’s significant contributions! As Marjorie leaves the role of CWEL Faculty Director, I am quite pleased to announce that the new Faculty Director of the Center will be Rosa Slegers, Associate Professor of Philosophy and an alumna of Babson (MBA, 2013). Rosa teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced philosophy courses in the undergraduate program and organizes ethics sessions in Babson’s MBA programs. She is also chair of the faculty senate, leading us courageously and tirelessly through a crucial time of growth and exploration. Rosa’s book Courageous Vulnerability (Brill, 2011) draws on the philosophies of William James, Henri Bergson, and Gabriel Marcel to frame a cluster of moral and aesthetic attitudes in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. Other publications at the intersection of philosophy and literature focus on the themes of hope, evil, and the uncanny. She is currently working on the moral philosophy of Adam Smith and its implications for business ethics education today. Rosa’s analysis and writings on gender and management education have proven essential to the Center’s agenda, and we are pleased to welcome her to this role.
Provost, Babson College