About the Center for Women in Business

For more than 115 years, Texas Woman's University has held a distinctive purpose — to prepare women “for the practical industries of the age.” In 2015, the Texas Legislature established a special center focused on creating successful new women-owned businesses, TWU was the logical place to headquarter the Center for Women in Business.

Through TWU's Center for Women, Texas Woman's leads another unique opportunity in Texas—providing business owners and students interested in entrepreneurship with the training, funding, coaching and networking needed to be successful business owners.

To date, the TWU Center for Women Team has:

  • Sponsored Dallas Women's Foundation research highlighting the economic issues for women in Texas
  • Awarded 39 Minerva Scholarships to TWU undergraduate and graduate students interested in opening businesses upon graduation
  • Mentored more than 100 business owners and innovators
  • Provided 10 TWU internship opportunities to female business owners
  • Compiled research highlighting the importance of women-owned businesses to the local, state and national economy
    (March 2017)
85% of women who connect through business training and coaching find ways to work together to generate business growth

Why the Center for Women in Business at TWU?

TWU is the first and only Texas university—public or private—with the primary goal of generating new women-owned businesses. Our students' business interests range from manufacturing to health care, social services to retail, as well as other professional, technical and scientific areas.

With campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston, TWU has a far-reaching network of Texas entrepreneurs, alumnae, business leaders, venture capitalists and economic development experts to mentor our students and business clients.

Our university programs focus on empowering women to succeed by developing the confidence to:

  • Lead,
  • Embrace and foster change,
  • Enhance their quality of life, and
  • Enrich the lives of others.

These principles are key in the entrepreneurial spirit.