Alyson Francisco

Alyson Francisco 
Mary Ardrey Stough Kimbrough Chair in Business and Economics,
Director of the Center For Women in Entrepreneurship and Business
 “I found out years ago that women are smarter, stronger, and more energetic than men and that the only thing holding them back is misperception.” 

Lawrence M. Kimbrough, 2002
President and CEO First Charter Corporation

Words written by Lawrence Kimbrough in a letter to Salem College, May 17, 2002 as his family graciously endowed the Mary Ardrey Stough Kimbrough Chair in Business and Economics.

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To give Salem students a distinct advantage in the marketplace through promoting Salem as the intellectual and physical center for the region’s professional women and serving as a vital hub linking our students with professionals in the outlying business, government, and academic fields.

About CWEB

The Center for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business (CWEB) at Salem College was established in 2002 through the generosity of the Kimbrough family in order to:        

  • expand collaboration with the local and regional business community
  • foster programs that immerse students in the global business environment
  • assist in development of mentoring experiences and internships for students
  • sponsor distinguished speakers on current topics in business and economics
  • highlight the accomplishments of professional women in business communities​

Fox8 Covers CWEB

Watch the video of local Fox8 News: Center for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business inspires leaders at Salem College aired on July 31, 2019.

Oxford Summer Program

For the past twenty-seven years, Salem has worked with the St. Peter’s and Magdalen Colleges of Oxford University to provide programs that expose Salem College students to one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. Read more about it in the Oxford Summer Program March 2019 Letter to Participants.

Oxford Summer Program



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Event Highlights

Looking Back

2014-2015 Conference Chronology

2013-2014 Conference Chronology

Highlights Salem College Women’s Conference 2013