Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

#WEDO2015 In-Person / Virtual Summit

On November 19th, 2015, at the United Nations Delegate Dining Room in New York City, we celebrated our internationally recognized day, proclaimed on November 19th

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Leaders, innovators, and visionaries in respective fields

Explore the lineup of distinguished speakers at this year’s #WEDO2015 Summit. 

Get prepared to be inspired and motivated by these extraordinary individuals who are shaping the future of business and leading the charge for positive change in the lives of women around the world.

Alysia Reiner

Two-Time SAG Award Winning Actress from Orange is the New Black, Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award Recipient, Change Maker for Women, Humanitarian, and Producer

Amir Dossal

Co-Founder/President Global Partnerships Forum & Former Executive Director United Nations Office for Partnerships

Andrea Jung

President and CEO of Grameen America, Inc., Chairman Venly, Inc., Former CEO of Avon and Board of Directors of Apple, Daimler AG and General Electric

Andrea Kerzner

Founder and CEO of Lalela Project, Co-Creator of themoreweshare.com, Director of the Board of Kerzner International Holdings Limited

Anielle Guedes

Founder of Urban3D, a conduit company for parametric design and business director of CIS, a company dedicated to improving people’s lives through Information Technologies.

Anjou Ahlborn

FusionStorm: SAE, BambooAsia: Founder, Valida: COO, HackCancer: President, Mr|Ms Silicon Valley: Producer LLS Woman of the Year

Anna Stork

Co-Founder of LuminAID Lab, Kauffman Global Scholar at the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.

Atti Riazi

Assistant Secretary-General & Chief Information Technology Officer at United Nations

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

A New York City-based journalist and author, Former editor of the fiction anthology “Singapore Noir“ (Akashic Books) and staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and the Baltimore Sun.

Christine Souffrant

Founder & CEO Vendedy, Dubai Chapter Director Startup Grind , Founder Dubai Projects: Smart City Weekend + She Dares Group

Claudia Fan Munce

Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group Vice President, IBM Corporate Development Board member of National Venture Capital Association in the U.S., chairwoman of board of Global Corporate Venturing, board member of Bank of the West, and advisor to many venture capital firms globally.

Craig Newmark

Internet Entrepreneur, Founder of international website Craigslist and CraigConnects.

Cynthia Cohen

Strategic Mindshare Founder and President. Director on the boards of Steiner Leisure (NASDAQ) and Equity One (NYSE)as well as Private companies are Sophelle, FundAthena and AnswerLab. Board of Trustees of the Committee for Economic Development, the Dean’s Advisory Board at Boston University and the Advisory Board of Women Corporate Directors.

Dana Donofree

Founder and CEO of AnaOno, an intimates line for breast cancer survivors, Dana Donofree is a SCAD graduate with 10+ years in the fashion industry.

Danielle Gelber

Executive Vice- President at Dick Wolf’s production company “Wolf Films” & Executive producer of NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med.

Diane Brady

Award-winning journalist, speaker, and media executive who earlier this year, she stepped down as senior editor/content chief at Bloomberg Businessweek. She’s working on ways to leverage the power of community, technology, and physical space to create high-impact storytelling that empowers and informs a new generation of consumers.

Dr. Elisa Stephens

President of Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She serves on the Smithsonian Institution National Board, and many foundations and boards.

Dr. Jen Welter

First woman to hold a coaching position in the NFL With previous background in women’s football leagues as a linebacker for 14 years

Emily Núñez Cavness

Emily Núñez Cavness is co-founder and CEO of Sword & Plough, a social enterprise that works with veterans to repurpose military surplus into fashionable bags and accessories.

Erika Karp

Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. & founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Hina Chaudhry

Cardiologist, Scientist, and Founder of VentriNova, Inc., a biotech company aimed at developing clinical treatments for cardiac regeneration.

James Benedict

Managing Director – Cavendish Global. Founding Advisory Board Member Women’s Investment Network. MOGUL & Levo League Advisory Boards.

Katharina Sophia Volz

CEO/Founder of OccamzRazor and CEO of OccamzRazor Pioneered Stanford’s first PhD in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Kelly Wright

General Assignment Reporter for Fox News Channel (FNC), Co-host on “America’s News Headquarters” and Host “Beyond the Dream” series.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez

American Songwriter, Co-wrote/ Produced music for the 2011 Disney film Winnie the Pooh, as well as Walt Disney World production of Finding Nemo – The Musical and co-wrote Disney’s Frozen including “Let It Go”, for which she won an Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards.

Laura Flores

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations, Former Owner Ispeak Translations

Leona Lewis

Grammy Nominee, British Singer, Songwriter, and Animal Welfare Campaigner

Leslie Blodgett

Creator of bareMinerals, former CEO of Bare Escentuals, Board Member of Every Mother Counts, Stella & Dot, and SPANX

Mamie Gummer

Actress and Ambassador/Nomi Network a nonprofit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.

Martha “Muffy” MacMillan

Director on the board of Cargill Inc., Director on the Cargill Foundation, Waycrosse, Inc. , Boards of Opportunity International, American Federation of Arts, Global Minnesota, MOCA, The Economic Club of Minnesota, and The Walker Art Museum

Michael Greenstein

Global Alternative Asset Management Leader in PwC’s Asset Management practice and member of the Board of Directors of the Managed Funds Association and actively involved in HeForShe.

Natasha Tsakos

Performer and President of NTiD, inc. a creative powerhouse dedicated to inspiring and activating imagination through theatrical experiences.

Nisha Khare

Founder of Khare Communications that has documented the World’s elite including Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington, and countless more.

Raja Rajamannar

Global Chief Marketing Officer, MasterCard Board of Directors of PPL Corp and AdClub

Rodrigo Arenas

President of Habitare Desarrollos & Movimiento Civico Nacional, CEO Habitare Desarrollos, President of Movimiento Civico Nacional

Sarah Aoanan

Senior Fellow, State and National Advocacy Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF). Co – launched the television network Cinemoi, North America.

Sarah Austin

Founder Coding FTW, to address the gender divide in the technology sector. Leader in advanced psychographic modeling via cognitive computing.

Sophia Swire

Founder of the nonprofit Future Brilliance and its social enterprise, Aayenda Jewelry, dedicated to fostering peace and stability for in Afghanistan through job opportunities, especially for women.

Tamara Etmannski

Founder of Stackz, Co-Founder & Advisor Proof Swap and Academic Director of Professional Programs Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering) & Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada

Tanya Rivero

Host Wall Street Journal Live and ‘Lunch Break’ on Wall Street Journal Video

Vanessa Washington

Senior Executive Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Bank of the West Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, American Bar Association and National Bar Association, and also serves on the Board of the California Minority Counsel Program and the Advisory Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland.

Vicki Escarra

Global CEO of Opportunity International, a microfinance non-profit that provides small business loans and insurance to millions of people.

Zephanii Smith

Co-Founder, U.N.trepreneurship Initiative; CAO, WayMakers, solutions for youth leadership development and cross-sector civic engagement; Opportunity Nation Leader

WEDO Collaborators

WEDO engages with governments, civil society and business partners committed to our mission to accelerate and educate the world on the importance of why it’s pivotal to economically empower women globally

WHAt WE DO at wedo summit

Honor and celebrate the significant role that women play in
driving the impact of disruptive technologies

During the summit, we will shine a spotlight on the global positive impact created by this community, advancing economic freedom, dignity, and entrepreneurial opportunities for women worldwide.
united nations sustainable development goals
A global framework for addressing pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges, and promoting sustainable development
The SDGs aim to achieve a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world by the year 2030. At the WODO Summit, all participants will take action to support the following United Nations Six Sustainable Development Goals

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