September 23, 2019
Gabrielle King Morse New CEO at Ctr. for Women & Enterprise

Gabrielle King Morse
March 7, 2019 — The Center for Women & Enterprise, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, recently announced that Gabrielle King Morse has been appointed as its next chief executive officer.

Morse, who will assume the post in July, succeeds Susan Rittscher, who is stepping down after 11 years with the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE).

Karen Copenhaver, board chair of CWE, lauded Morse for having more than "25 years of experience serving as the visionary leader of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations."

For the last eight years, Morse was part of the leadership team at uAspire, helping it become a national expert in college affordability that enables low-income students and families to realize the promise of an affordable higher education, and grow uAspire’s annual budget from $2 million to $9.5 million.

She served uAspire in a variety of fundraising, marketing, and public relations roles, including in the capacity of executive director for Massachusetts and in her current role as chief strategy officer for the national office.

Earlier, she worked for Discovering Justice, City Year, and Crossroads for Kids.

Morse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian studies and international relations at Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Babson College's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

After Morse takes over as CEO, Rittscher "will continue in a supporting role for enough time to assure a smooth transition of all programs and relationships, including those with the Small Business Administration and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council," according to Copenhaver.

During Rittscher's tenure, CWE with the addition of Women's Business Centers in Vermont and New Hampshire and the Veterans Business Outreach Center, while tripling the number of people served by CWE’s community classrooms, online learning, and other targeted programming. It also has operations in Rhode Island.

CWE was established in 1995 by Andrea Silbert and Susan Hammond to provide women, especially economically disadvantaged women, with education, training , and access to capital, and currently works with people from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Last year, CWE trained 4,400 people.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2016, CWE reported $2.67 million in revenue, of which $2.37 million came from contributions and grants, and $2.66 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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