The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program

brought to you by IBM

WBENC proudly recognizes IBM Corporation for 13 years of sponsorship of the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program. Their commitment to the development and advancement of WBEs is invaluable to our mission and vision. This six-day executive program helps Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) grow their businesses and take them to the next level. WBENC is excited to announce the launch of the Tuck-WBENC Advanced Executive Program for 2017.


The Tuck-WBENC Advanced Executive Program is a six-day executive development program for WBENC-Certified WBE CEOs/Leaders. It is a concentrated educational experience that focuses primarily on increasing the competitive advantage of the participant’s own business. Up to 40 WBE attendees will come together to form a peer network that will ultimately serve as resources for advice and expertise well beyond the completion of the program. Attendees in the Tuck-WBENC Advanced Executive Program must have attended the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program.

This executive leadership experience is designed to prepare WBEs who are poised for growth or are growing rapidly by creating a strategic focus on their business. To survive and prosper in today’s fast-moving, highly volatile business climate, WBEs must ensure they have all the essential components of a highly integrated business, such as:

  • Strategic Vision
  • Value Proposition Focused on Customer Needs
  • Decision-Making Strategies
  • Financial Understanding
  • Build, Develop, and Maintain the Right Team
  • Growth Strategies

Tuck-WBENC Executive Program Description 

The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program is an intensive development experience that focuses primarily on increasing the robustness of the participant’s own business. Up to 60 WBE attendees will form a community that will continue to provide a source of support, expertise, opportunities, and strategic alliances long after graduation. The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is the nation’s oldest graduate school of business and renowned for the quality of its teaching and the degree to which it fosters collaborative learning, inclusion, and community. It is designed to make a big difference in how owners think about and operate their businesses when they return from the program. As a participant of this program, WBEs will examine their own businesses as case studies throughout the week.

Collaborative learning groups apply the tools they have learned to assess and improve their businesses, using the same diagnostic and strategy-implementation approaches that external consultants would use. To date, there are over 650 WBEs who have participated in this exceptional educational experience.

This executive development program is designed to help WBEs that are beyond the startup phase to assess, improve and grow their businesses. Such program topics include:

  • Financial analysis and decision making
  • Clear and focused strategy
  • Superior value
  • Creating customer orientation
  • Optimal core business processes
  • Motivated and empowered staff
  • Carefully managed relationships for long-term success


Candidate Eligibility

  • Currently certified and in good standing as a women's business enterprise by WBENC
  • Must be the owner of the company
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience running a business
  • Maintain a minimum annual sales volume of $500,000


Program Fee

The total cost of the program is $3,750 for WBENC-Certified WBEs.

Please note that WBENC offers a scholarship opportunity for those who qualify. The Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship can be applied to the cost of the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program and other executive development programs in support of WBENC-certified WBEs. For more information on the scholarship, please visit the Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship page.


Sponsorship Opportunities 

Please contact Vaughn Farris at 202-315-1520 or for information about Tuck-WBENC Executive Program sponsorship opportunities for WBE participation and a Sponsorship Commitment Form.

Recap: Class of 2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program

The 2016 program brought together a dynamic group of women business owners with the world-class faculty of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and IBM, one of America's Top Corporations for WBEs. IBM has been the programs sole underwriter from its start and continues to demonstrate tremendous impact on WBEs, their strategic growth and created an unbreakable bond between the WBE participants.           

Held at the HNA, Palisades Premier Conference Center in Palisades, NY, IBM hosted the program and brought key staff from procurement, supplier diversity and marketing to network with the group throughout the week. WBENC extends a special thank you to IBM for their continued support of this program and providing stellar corporate representation: Michael Robinson, Joanne Wright and Shanna Schroeder.


2016 Program Schedule Overview

Testimonials - Class of 2016

“The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program provides an invaluable experience that helps give women the knowledge, strength, and support to help us go back and run our businesses, knowing we can and will be successful. The professors are top notch, both in their knowledge, and also in their passion. They teach you how to view your business more strategically. They also help you self-reflect, which is hard to do at times, but with building relationships with other women entrepreneurs, you’re all in it together and lifelong friendships are developed. Thank you, WBENC, Tuck, and IBM for this amazing opportunity!”
 ̶  Marce H. Roth, President & CEO, Agilea Solutions, Inc.

“The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program was an extraordinary experience!  After five days of intense instruction by A-list professors and amazing interaction with over 50 successful business women, I returned to my company with more knowledge, more inspiration, and more energy than ever before!  In addition to incredible one-on-one interaction with Len and Ella, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet briefly with Pam and Candace to discuss specific growth strategies for my business.  The entire experience was a game-changer for my company!”
̶  Claudia Abercrumbie, President & CEO, The Abercrumbie Group