MetLife Foundations donates $100,000 for women’s leadership program at UNCC

The MetLife Foundation has contributed $100,000 to launch the Women in Business Leadership Program at UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business.

The program, which will be managed by the college’s Center for Professional Development, kicks off this year. It is intended to equip undergraduate women with business leadership skills and will offer workshops, networking, speaking events and mentorship opportunities. At the program’s close, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

“This gift will provide more opportunities to female students in the College of Business, and it reinforces our connection with a major employer in the area,” Steven H. Ott, dean of the college, said in a statement.

The MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of insurance giant MetLife, was created in 1976. From then through the end of 2014, it has contributed more than $650 million in grants and $70 million in “program-related investments” to organizations addressing community issues. The insurer operates its U.S. retail hub in Charlotte.