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Ellen Wilson Leadership Center

Best-in-class, transformational leadership opportunities begin at Bryant and impact the world.

The Ellen Wilson Leadership Center

Meghan Seligman, Assistant Director
(401) 232-6504

The Ellen Wilson Leadership Center, anchored in the new Business Entrepreneurship Leadership Center (BELC), is the epicenter of leadership initiatives at Bryant. It builds upon the college’s leadership legacy and empowers all Bryant students to explore and enrich their leadership potential in ever greater ways during their college experience and well beyond. The center’s core mission is to build extraordinary, ethical, and inclusive leaders capable of impacting the world. 

The reach of the Ellen Wilson Leadership Center encompasses the entire student journey at Bryant, from high school prospect exploring their college options to the mature C-suite professional.

“In a world with a lot of smart people in leadership, courage differentiates you.” — Wilson 

From academics to student life to athletics, the caliber of leaders at Bryant is indisputable. The Ellen Wilson Leadership Center spotlights — and expands — the university’s top-tier offerings and solidifies Bryant as a premier institution for educating the next generation of leaders.

For more information regarding the Ellen Wilson Leadership Center, please contact

D. Ellen Wilson '79, founder of the Ellen Wilson Women's Leadership Institute, shared her path and insights with students at Bryant in March 2022.


Key Initiatives

What is a Wilson Fellow?

The Wilson Fellow program awards $5,000 stipends annually to 20 incoming first-year students who show strong leadership skills or an interest in building skills. In addition to expanded leadership opportunities, Wilson Fellows receive the benefit of an alumni mentor who supports them in their college journey.

What is a Wilson Fellow?

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A Lifetime of Impact

A student receives her diploma during commencement exercises at Bryant University.

A Lifetime of Impact

The Ellen Wilson Leadership Center supports and promotes leadership initiatives across campus, working closely with academic and student life partners to deliver a top-tier, in-depth experience. The outcome is alumnae who set the highest standards both personally and professionally, furthering Bryant’s ethical, values-based leadership legacy.

About Founder D. Ellen Wilson '79

Ellen Wilson’s career includes executive roles at UnitedHealth Group, Optum, and Fidelity Investments, among others. She is the Chair of Bryant’s Board of Trustees, sharing her considerable experience in values-based leadership with the broader Bryant community. The Ellen Wilson Leadership Center will make its home in the Business Entrepreneurship Leadership Center in fall 2024.

About Founder D. Ellen Wilson '79

Ellen Wilson on campus in March 2022