The Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College was formed in 1989 by a small group of alumnae who shared a common bond based on their acknowledged positions of executive leadership and a Wellesley education. Recognizing the leadership preparation they received from Wellesley, the Business Leadership Council was formed with the intent to give back to the College, its constituents, and the wider community through the unique talents of its members.

The founders believed that, acting collectively, this group of alumnae business leaders (both for-profit and non-profit), could contribute their special gifts more effectively on behalf of Wellesley, while at the same time providing friendship and support to each other. The BLC is dedicated to excellence in education; to leadership, empowerment and opportunity for all women; to lifelong learning; and to service to the College and to society. 

Mission Statement

The Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College is a by-invitation association of Wellesley alumnae who are senior leaders in the business and non-profit sectors.  The mission of the BLC is to use our individual and collective skills, experience, knowledge, and resources to:

    • Support Wellesley College in its mission to educate women who will make a difference in the world;
    • Support Wellesley students in acquiring the skills and experience necessary to their development as leaders;

    • Support each other in our own development as leaders;

    • Serve as ambassadors for the College.

Lois Juliber
The MasterCard Foundation Gift Funds Lois Juliber International Internship Program at Wellesley - See more at:

Susan Esserman
The National Law Journal has named Steptoe partner Susan Esserman to its list of “Outstanding Women Lawyers.”  The list recognizes what the editors describe as “75 of the nation’s most accomplished female attorneys in the legal profession today, representing excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public interest law, legal education and the judiciary.” From

Elyse Cherry
Elyse wrote an op-ed which was featured in the New York Times about the housing crisis and its continued impact on low income families. Read the full article here:


November 5-7, 2015

Our 26th Plenary was a huge success, thanks to Melissa King and Suzy Lebold. We enjoyed learning, discussing and re-connecting. Photos and full recap can be found in the "Members Only" section.

Save the Date for next year's Plenary, November 10-12, 2016.

Ilene Beal, '69
We will deeply miss one of our dear founding members, Ilene Beal. So many of us were blessed with her kindness, leadership, and mentorship. This article beautifully describes the impact Ilene had and continues to have on so many.



BLC Reunion Breakfast
June 2015

Spring Retreat
Santa Fe, NM
May 2015

25th Plenary Silver Jubilee
November 2014

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