In a recent article for The Cornell Daily Sun, author Vivian Fan explores the W.E. Cornell program.
W.E. Cornell, a new entrepreneurship program that provides women in STEM with entrepreneurial skill sets and confidence, recently accepted 22 women as its first cohort of students.
Andrea Ippolito ’06 M.Eng ’07, executive director of Cornell’s engineering management program, created W.E. Cornell with the help of the Center for Regional Economic Advancement after observing the gender imbalance in Cornell’s existing STEM-based entrepreneurship programs.
“We spoke with STEM women who had ideas and asked why they weren’t participating in these programs,” Ippolito said in an interview with The Sun. “We heard things like, ‘I have an idea but I’m not quite ready yet,’ or, ‘I’m not sure if my advisor will go for that.’”
Driven to increase the number of women in entrepreneurship programs, Ippolito spoke with many members of Cornell’s entrepreneurial community including Department of Engineering chairs and entrepreneurship professors at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management for the planning of this program.