Women’s Initiatives: External Resources

This resource guide provides information on organizations that support women’s professional development programs.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since the organization’s founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.



The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) at Bentley University is dedicated to advancing women and fostering workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion from the classroom to the boardroom. The center provides thought leadership on critical diversity issues, and offer tools and training to foster inclusive organizations. Programs inform and empower students, alumni, and business professionals.



The Boston Club is a community of executives and professionals invested in elevating women to leadership positions across all walks of business. Whether you’re a corporate executive, a rising star, a mentor, a board member, an independent business owner, a nonprofit leader or an educator, there is a place for you in The Boston Club. Here, you can build connections, skills, experiences and friendships. Members span many ages, races, ethnicities, and industries. Together, the group represents a powerful range of skill, culture and perspective.



The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing businesswomen in leadership positions — in short, TCI helps women in business achieve greater success. Membership includes CEOs, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, directors of nonprofits, independent professionals, and the rising generation of leaders who are committed to building successful businesses, organizations, and careers. TCI provide a variety of opportunities to help women succeed on a personal and professional level while propelling their organizations forward.



GenderAvenger is a community dedicated to ensuring women are always part of the public dialog by working with great professionals to build a community of activists.



IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is a global network of IEEE members and volunteers dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests in a career in engineering and science. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Boston Section Women in Engineering Affinity Group holds monthly events which support the mission and vision of IEEE WIE. These events are free and open to the public.



Innovation Women is a visibility bureau for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women that helps connect event managers to women who are potential speakers.



iRelaunch works directly with over 14 Fortune 100 companies and over 30 Fortune 500 (or equivalent) companies in a range of roles, to develop, pilot, source for, present in and publicize their reentry internship programs, or similarly support their efforts to hire relaunchers directly into open roles without internships. Founded in 2007, iRelaunch has been deeply engaged with its employer partners, a national network of alumni career services directors at leading colleges and universities, professional organizations across industry sectors, and a global community of nearly 30,000 people. iRelaunch’s long-time connections with university alumni offices and professional organizations expand its reach to millions of relaunchers in the U.S. and beyond.



League of Allies builds awareness of and delivers inclusive synergy from boards, to management and investment teams, to entire workforces. The group was founded by men to help organizations realize, and benefit from, the accretive power of parity, balance, and inclusion. League of Allies’ purpose is to help clients best engage the talent required to create sustainable, ethical, and market-beating returns.



NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a 501(c)(3)* coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and promote the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.



reacHIRE is changing the trajectory for women in the workplace by partnering with forward-thinking companies to create environments where women thrive, advance, lead and stay. reacHIRE gives companies access to exceptional and experienced professional women they cannot find on their own. Through customized programs tailored to a company’s unique business needs and culture, reacHIRE carefully selects under-the-radar, top talent who voluntarily off-ramped and are ready to on-ramp into a defined project assignment or permanent role. With more than 1.6 million women committed to resuming their careers, reacHIRE’s sourcing techniques and cohort-based training curriculum offer immediate value to innovative corporations committed to alternative talent acquisition strategies. reacHIRE women have outstanding academic credentials, leadership experience and the highest retention rate of any return-to-work program.



She Geeks Out‘s mission is to educate, promote and support diverse and inclusive companies and organizations. This is achieved by taking a holistic approach to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. She Geeks Out provides tech and tech-adjacent women an opportunity to network and connect with each other as well as with companies who wish to hire them. At the same time, the organization supports companies in their diversity and inclusion efforts by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and tools to create an inclusive environment, in a safe and welcoming space.



WITI Boston provides a local forum for women to network with each other, forge connections, share resources and discover opportunities in the technology industry.



YW Boston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. As the first YWCA in the nation, YW Boston has been at the forefront of advancing equity for 150 years and has remained a leader through generations by turning the support of those that envision a better Boston for all into creative, effective programs that make positive change.