WED Pioneer Awards

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards 2016 Winners

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) Pioneer Awards recognizes and honors distinguished women who are leaders and innovators across multiple categories with inspiring accomplishments. We honor pioneers in the fields of Health, Education, Music, Business,Celebrity, Sports, Art, Fashion, Philanthropy, Beauty, Social Responsibility, Space/Science, Finance, Technology, and Environment/Animals. Each year we honor those selected on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) at the United Nations.

  Finance Pioneer Award

Kay Koplovitz

 Kay Koplovitz

Founder of the USA Network and SyFy channel, and the first woman to serve as network president in television history. She is also the cofounder and managing director of the Springboard Fund, in a move to get women entrepreneurs to think big about their growth companies and to raise venture capital to fund them; more than 7.2 billion dollars has been invested into these companies.

 Accesory Pioneer Award

 Joan Hornig

American jewelry designer and the founder of Joan Hornig Jewelry, merging together her passion for jewelry and philanthropy. Hornig established the Joan B. Hornig Foundation with its mission to provide support to charitable organizations all over the world. All of the profit from Joan Hornig Jewelry is donated thought the Joan B. Hornig Foundation and the foundation has donated to more than 800 worthy initiatives around the world.

 Business Pioneer Award

Yue-Sai Kan

Emmy-winning television host and producer, entrepreneur, bestselling author and humanitarian. Yue-Sai hosts the Miss Universe China Pageant and is also the founder of Yue-Sai Kan cosmetics, which grew into China’s leading cosmetics Company. Yue-Sai has written 9 best-selling books and one of her many charitable activities include the Shanghai Soong Ching Lung Foundation, which builds schools, libraries and awards scholarships to underprivileged students.

 Sports Pioneer Award

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Yoga master and award-winning author. In 2012, Guinness World Records recognized Porchon-Lynch as the world’s oldest yoga instructor at age 93. Her autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, which won a 2016 IPPY Award and 3 2016 International Book Awards.

Philanthropy Pioneer Award

Mindy Grossman

CEO and Director of HSN, INC. and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. She also serves as a Vice Chairman for both the U.S. Fund for Unicef and the National Retail Fund (NRF). The Financial Times listed her in the top 50 women in world business in 2010 and 2011, and she has been ranked among Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world for the years 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Celebrity Pioneer Award

Sandra Lee

Emmy-winning television chef and author; she has been the creator and host of numerous televisions programs. She is one of the three founding Board Members of UNICEF’s Los Angeles chapter and was recently named a spokesperson for Stand Up To Cancer. Lee is also the recipient of the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor.

Beauty Pioneer Award

Katia Beauchamp

CEO and Co-Founder of Birchbox, a monthly beauty subscription box. Birchbox, which sells over 400 brands, now has over a million subscribers. Beauchamp’s graduated from Harvard Business School in 2010 and previously worked in structured finance and commercial real estate for three years. Since graduating, she and Co-Founder, Hayley Barna, has grew Birchbox into the company that we recognize today. As a result of  her exceptional skills in forming deals with brands and partnerships her company continues to grow everyday.

Fashion Pioneer Award

Iris Apfel

New York style icon, interior designer and businesswoman; best known for her eccentric fashion taste and quirky oversized. In 2005 she rose to fame when the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated her ability to  transform herself through clothes and accessories. Recently, Albert Maysles has captured Apfel in a documentary titled, “Iris,” which shares more of who she is and how she has captured the eyes of society  through her personal collection of fashion finds.

WED partnered with the Lalela Project

WED partnered with the Lalela Project founded by Andrea Kerzner! They provide educational arts for impoverished at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit. By linking arts education to academic achievement, social and emotional development and civic engagement, Lalela teaches at-risk students in South Africa, Northern Uganda and the Bronx, New York how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities. Lalela also offers specialized programs based on the needs of the communities they serve. Lalela has developed a signature art curriculum, called Heart Mapping. Using this method, an impoverished female student will create the beautiful piece of art customized for each Pioneer Award Winner!  

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