Organizers of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (Nov.19th) hope to create a worldwide network of women leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs igniting startups, driving economic expansion and advancing communities around the globe.
Wendy Diamond, the Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day says, “Empowering women worldwide and investing in their futures helps to drive and promote economic vitality and security locally and globally,” she adds, “Twenty-first century leadership skills, such as cooperation, communication, and sharing are more commonly associated with women. We want to celebrate the unwavering positives that women entrepreneurs bring to the global economy as well as inspire and support future generations of women.”
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is the world’s largest celebration of women entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, innovators and job creators, with the goal of empowering the four billion women on the planet and bringing hope to 250 million girls living in poverty.
In addition to recognizing the contributions of women to the economy, WED also strives to gather a think tank of women leaders, which will ultimately create an amplified merged message to expand businesses with social good initiatives in communities locally and globally.
While women attend college at the same rate or a higher rate than men, they do not lead more companies or create more small businesses. The WED movement strives to get more college students excited about careers in entrepreneurship and create a better pipeline for women to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.
Speakers and honorees at the Nov. 19 United Nations event include
Marina Abramovic – Groundbreaking Performance Artist
Leslie Blodgett – Creator, bareMinerals and CEO of Bare Escentuals
Caroline Donahue – Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Intuit
Vicki Escarra – Global CEO, Opportunity International
Adena Friedman – President, Global Capital Access, Technology & Insights, NASDAQ
Andrea Jung -President & CEO, Grameen America Former CEO, Avon
Products and Board Member Apple, General Electric
Leona Lewis – Grammy Nominee, Musical Artist, Songwriter
Heidi Messer – Co-founder, Collective [i] and Linkshare
Craig Newmark – Founder, Craigslist and Craigconnects
Alysia Reiner – Award-winning Actress, “Orange is the New Black”
Andrew Serwer, Editor in Chief, Yahoo Finance
Vivienne Tam, Internationally Renowned Fashion Designer
As part of the WED celebration, more than 144 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day ambassadors will launch local initiatives across the globe. Ambassadors representing countries across Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East and Africa will host local activities in celebration of entrepreneurship.
To learn more about Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and how to participate, visit http://womenseday.org.