Becky McDougal

Director of Programs & Engagement - The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women & Business

Bentley University

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As Director of Programs & Engagement for the CWB, Becky McDougal builds community with corporate partners, DEI leaders, and associations. She leads the development of new and innovative programs that support the mission of advancing intersectional gender equity. Through process consultation, Becky engages partners in developing programs that address their challenges of fostering more inclusive and equitable cultures.

Becky facilitates the CWB’s workshops and leadership development programs, with areas of expertise including but not limited to: Unconscious Bias for Inclusive Leaders; Networks, Mentors, and Sponsors to Drive Career Advancement; Bentley Brave DialoguesTM; Active Allyship: Justice and Equity at Work; Creating Anti-Racist Cultures; DEI Champions Certificate, and Building Employee Resource Groups. On campus, she was the catalyst and co-chair of the Equitable Return-to-Work Practices Working Group, leading a group of staff and faculty to explore and recommend improved practices to support employees before, during, and after a leave of absence from the university to foster greater inclusion.

Becky holds an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University. Becky earned her BS in Marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, with a minor in Sociology, and holds a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from William James College, with a concentration in Talent Management. Her capstone research laid the groundwork for this program: Networking and Sponsorship to Drive Intersectional Gender Equity in the “Leaky Pipeline.”

Speaker Sessions


Building Pathways for Inclusion: Driving Equity and Advancement through Networking

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Not to be Missed
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  • Becky McDougal

    Director of Programs & Engagement - The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women & Business

    Bentley University

Networking is a critical skill for personal, professional, and organizational growth, but it is easily overlooked and undervalued. As we look to a future without systemic barriers or concrete ceilings, we need to disrupt our patterns of behavior to create greater access to information, transparency, and opportunity, and affirm one another’s intersectional identities in the workplace.

Our networks are critical sources of information that lead to greater task achievement, collaboration, innovation, and they provide a sense of belonging. In this workshop participants will be guided through the business case for creating diverse and inclusive networks and learn how our networks can be powerful tools for allyship. 

Participants will engage in an activity to establish networking goals and explore the diversity of their network to be more intentional and strategic, and to identify patterns in our network composition. The program will end with strategies to foster a more diverse network to generate greater innovation and collaboration.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explore the role of networks in advancing equity and inclusion
  • Learn about the three components of your developmental network
  • Gain strategies to create more diverse networks

The Why: As organizations roll back investment in DEI initiatives, the conversations turn to the investment in talent and overall sustainability. Creating a diverse network generates access to greater sources of talent, ensuring the organization is finding the best candidates for their positions.

Additionally, organizations create access to new markets, identifying new trends and opportunities, and can take advantage of those opportunities with more agile, higher performing teams who have the right access to information and the confidence needed to achieve objectives. By promoting investment in individual networks, organizations are investing in themselves and their future as a company.

This session is for…

  • You if you are seeking new opportunities in your career, either within your role or in potential endeavors
  • You if you find yourself saying “I’m too busy to network” or “My work will speak for me and then I’ll get that promotion.”
  • You if you lead teams, manage hiring processes, and want new ways of finding talent.
  • You if you find yourself overwhelmed in networking settings (hello, introverts!)

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