Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
We would love for you to join us on November 18th at the United Nations to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) and our Women Pioneer Award Luncheon!
In addition to running more profitable businesses, women entrepreneurs and businesswomen are vital to reducing the poverty cycle. We know that when women are empowered in business, they arrive at a place of dignity and self-confidence, and will advocate actively to fight global injustice and human rights violations.
With a variety of days dedicated to various causes, one might ask – Why does the world need a Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and why should I support it? Consider then, that women perform 66% of the world’s work, yet earn 10% of the world’s income. At the same time, they account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is working to generate a movement that carries throughout the year in support of women in business globally. WED ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. The flagship UN event is live-streamed and celebrated in 144 countries and 110 universities and colleges celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day internationally reaching over 1.4 million people. The WED mission is to empower the 4 billion women across the globe to be catalysts of change, and uplift the 250 million girls living in poverty globally. In addition to our mission of empowerment, we are committed to gathering a think tank of inspiring women leaders who can amplify our message of expanding businesses with social-good initiatives in communities around the world.
New York State’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo and New York City’s Mayor, Bill De Blasio proclaimed Women’s Entrepreneurship Day an official day on November 19. With the help of our WED community, we aim to have more official world leaders follow suit.
We are excited to announce confirmed distinguished speakers for WED 2016 at the United Nations include: Ms. Tao Porchon-Lynch (Actress, International Model and Guinness World Record Master Yoga Instructor), Ms. Martha “Muffy” Macmillan (Director of Cargill and the Cargill Foundation), Ms. Bobbi Brown (Founder Bobbi Brown Cosmetics), Ms. Loreen Arbus (President/Founder of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., and The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation), Mr. Kevin O’Leary (Personality on ABC’s Shark Tank, investor, Co-Founder of O’Leary Funds and Soft Key), Ms. Maye Musk (Internationally Renowned Model & Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), Ms. Kay Koplovitz (Founder of USA NETWORKS, THE SYFY CHANNEL, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Springboard Fund, Board of Directors of CA Technologies, ION media and Time Inc.), Ms. Sandra Lee (Entrepreneur, Multi-Emmy® and Gracie winner, Internationally-Acclaimed Expert In All Things Kitchen And Home), Ms. Randi Zuckerberg (Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, Host of Dot Complicated on SiriusXM Business Radio and New York Times Bestselling Author of Dot Complicated and DOT), Dr. Shefali Tsabary (World-Renowned Clinical Psychologist, International Keynote Speaker & Acclaimed Author), Ms. Joan Hornig (Founder of Joan Hornig Jewelry), Mr. Anthony Scaramucci (Founder and a co-managing partner of investment firm Skybridge Capital), Ms. Mindy Grossman (CEO of HSN, Board of Directors UNICEF, National Retail Federation), Ms. Deborah Roberts (ABC News correspondent 20/20 , Good Morning America and World News Weekend), Ms. Monique Giggy (Director Singularity University Accelerator and LaunchPad, Co-Founder & President Swing by Swing Golf, and Founder & Partner Own Vision LLC), Ms. Kate Rogers (CNBC Reporter), and Ms. Yue-Sai Kan (Emmy Award Winning TV personality, Founder Yue-Sai Cosmetics, Bestselling Author, Director of Miss Universe China) and many more to be announced. The hit TV show Shark Tank will be filming our event and will air on ABC!
WED is honored to announce our partnership with leading Microfinance organizations around the world that provide women living in poverty with essential microloans to start their own businesses. The international organizations that promote microfinance around the world include Opportunity International, Accion, BRAC, CARE, FINCA International, Freedom from Hunger, Grameen Foundation, Pro Mujer, VisionFund International and Women’s World Banking. Statistics prove women are paying back microloans worldwide today at a 97% rate of return. Ninety percent of the money earned by these women is used to educate their children and to provide for their families. This type of return is life changing for entire communities. WED hopes to fund and empower 100,000 impoverished women with microloans who each deserve the opportunity to thrive in business!
Please view these media links that covered our initiative, FORBES: Best Way to Save the World: Put Women In Charge, FOX NEWS: Beyond the Dream: Women Helping Women CNBC: Nightly Business Report and Marie Claire. Here’s the video showing the WED events around the world!