Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative

Ideas that make a difference to self, others and the world

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Initiative introduces the process of entrepreneurial thinking as an invaluable asset to any career. The courses offer students the opportunity to draw from their field of study or personal passion to generate, plan, and launch ideas that make a difference to self, others, or the world. WEL courses are available for undergraduates (MGT 4001) at GW.


Funded in part by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the course series is on the leading edge of efforts to bring entrepreneurial thinking to students in all academic disciplines.

  1. Course I Sessions – Foundations of Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership: specifically designed for non-business students as a “bridge” between their subject matter expertise and the application of that knowledge to a career after graduation.
  2. Course II Sessions – Advanced Entrepreneurial Processes: Learning from Women Leaders: exposes students to the challenges of leading and managing an early stage company, organization, or project.

WEL courses introduce the process of entrepreneurial thinking as an indispensable resource in any career. The courses, designed with the input of successful women leaders and GW students, offer a range of learning experiences. Content-rich class sessions and experiential learning labs are complemented with CFEE guest lecturers, networking events, and mentoring opportunities to create an active learning environment for students in any field of study.

This program has been awarded the “Best National Specialty Program Award” by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and was featured in The Washington Post article, “CEO of Me, Inc.

WEL is taught by Professor Kathy Korman Frey, the D.C. National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) 2011 Woman of Distinction. Frey also leads The Hot Mommas Project, an initiative featuring the world’s largest collection of women’s case studies.

For more information, please visit the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative’s website.