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Announcing Gaby King Morse as the next CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise!

Dear CWE family,

It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Center for Women & Enterprise, introduce you to Gabrielle King Morse, who will be our next Chief Executive Officer beginning July 9, 2019. 

Gaby comes to CWE with over 25 years of experience serving as the visionary leader of both non-profit and for-profit organizations.  For the last 17 years Gaby has focused her professional life on working for impactful social enterprises including Discovering Justice, City Year, Crossroads for Kids, and, most recently, uAspire. 

During her 8.5-year tenure Gaby was part of a leadership team that built uAspire to become a national expert in college affordability enabling low-income students and families to realize the promise of an affordable higher education, and grow uAspire’s annual budget from $2 MM to $9.5 MM.  Gaby served uAspire in a variety of fundraising, marketing, and public relations roles, including in the capacity of Executive Director for Massachusetts and in her current role as Chief Strategy Officer for the national office.  

Gaby is excited to bring her passion for economic empowerment and expertise building strong organizations to focus on CWE’s mission and to lead CWE to its next level of impact across New England.   With her leadership, our experienced staff will be empowered and supported as they continue to fulfill our mission across all of our communities.
Gaby will begin her tenure as our CEO on July 9.  Susan Rittscher will continue in a supporting role for enough time to assure a smooth transition of all programs and relationships, including those with the Small Business Administration and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.  Susan and Gaby will take this time to prepare for the very warmest of transitions of leadership, assuring the optimal transition path for the organization, and in particular for the incredibly talented staff that Susan has brought together to fulfill CWE’s mission in all of its constituent parts and communities.  During Susan’s ten-year tenure, CWE expanded into all of New England with the addition of the Vermont and New Hampshire WBC’s and the Veterans Business Outreach Center, while tripling the number of people served by CWE’s community classrooms, online learning and other targeted programming.   It is with great confidence and enthusiasm that she puts CWE’s staff and clients in Gaby’s very competent hands.  

All of us involved in this succession process are full of gratitude and hope.  It is an honor to support CWE and its clients – those hard-working, bootstrapping entrepreneurs who build their businesses and our communities.  The entire board looks forward to celebrating our future with you at our Gala on March 29!  

Karen F. Copenhaver
Chair, CWE Board of Directors

About the Center for Women & Enterprise

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses

As New England's leading organization for women entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business women at the other end of the financial spectrum.

The Center for Women & Enterprise provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) through Centers in Boston, MA; Westborough, MA; Nashua, NH; Providence, RI; Burlington, VT; and Community Classrooms throughout New England.

In addition, CWE is the New England affiliate for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as their certification arm for women-owned businesses. WBENC Certification is nationally recognized in helping established women business owners access new corporate contracts with organizations that are actively seeking supplier diversity.