You are exclusively invited to join us for the second version of Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED) on November 19th, 2015 at the United Nations and livestreamed in 144 countries. This monumental event is the world’s largest celebration of women innovators and job creators launching startups; bringing ideas to life, driving economic growth, and expanding human welfare.
WED is a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to the ideas of world-class speakers, and be a part of a larger discussion to empower women in business worldwide. Major Fortune 500 companies and various female company founders, Philanthropists, CEO’s, Creatives, and business leaders that will be speaking and championing our event this year include: Adena T. Friedman (President of Global Capital Access, Technology & Insights for NASDAQ), Andrea Kerzner (Founder and CEO of Lalela Project), Craig Newmark (Founder of Craigslist and Craig Connects), Andrea Jung (CEO of Grameen America, Former CEO of Avon and Board of Directors of Apple, Daimler AG and General Electric), Leona Lewis (Grammy Award Nominee Musical Artist, Songwriter)Cynthia Cohen (Strategic Mindshare Founder and President, Director on the Board of Steiner Leisure (NASDAQ) & Equity One (NYSE), Erika Karp (CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc.), Mamie Gummer (Actress and Ambassador Nomi Network), and Susan Stautberg (CEO, Global Co-Chair & Founder Women Corporate Directors (WCD), James Benedict (Principal with Kidd & Company, Consultant for the World Bank & Japanese Ministry of Finance), Milena Berry (Co-Founder/CEO Power To Fly) Sophia Swire (Founder of Aayenda & Future Brilliance and Learning for Life), Vicki Escarra (Global CEO of Opportunity International).
Martha “Muffy” Macmillan (Director of the Cargill Foundation), Heidi Messer (Co-Founder of Collective[i], World Evolved and LinkShare, and Leslie Blodgett (Executive Chairperson and Co-Principal Executive Officer of Bare Escentuals Inc. ), Ms. Loreen Arbus (Philanthropist) and many more to be announced.
We are proud to announce that 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. Our student ambassador global initiative is in full swing; engaged top colleges include Stanford, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Babson and University of Oxford. Our global team of ambassadors from China to Saudi Arabia stand primed to activate their communities with the WED movement and #WomenWOW to make a significant impact this year.
Please view these two media links that covered our inaugural launch, Forbes and Marie Claire. Please take on minute to watch this inspirational video showing the WED 2014 around the world.
Your presence at this year’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day will bring awareness to the 250 million girls living in poverty globally that deserve to be given a chance in life, while simultaneously inspiring and empowering the 4 billion women on the planet.
We hope you will accept this invitation to join us on November 19th, 2015 at the United Nations. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to your response.
Event: Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Date: November 19, 2015
Location: United Nations, New York City, U.S.
7:30 am – 8:45 am
Check-in and Registration
8:45 am – 9:25 am
Welcoming Remarks -
WomenWOW: Women Entrepreneurs, A Powerful Force for Changing the World (Corporate Hosting Partner, Official Welcome Keynote to the Plenary)
9:30 am – 10:00 am
WED the People: Government and United Nations Policies and Programs to Support Female Economic Empowerment
A Strong Foundation: Small Business Entrepreneurs Inspire the World
10:50 am – 11:20 am
Gifts That Matter: Philanthropists Encouraging Female Entrepreneurship
11:25am – 11:55 am
From STEM to STEAM: Inspiring a Generation of Girls to take the Lead in Innovation
12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
Lunch and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards
#WomenWOW: Building a Worldwide Digital Movement
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Investing Smart: Raising the Bar on Impact Investing Due Diligence
2:20 pm – 2:55 pm
Oversight: The Importance of Placing More Women on Corporate Boards
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
He for She: Teaching Men to Invest in Women-Owned Businesses
3:35 pm – 3:50 pm
Coffee Refreshment Social
3:55pm – 4:25 pm
In the Spotlight: Celebrity Entrepreneurs Giving Voice to the Voiceless
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Meet our WED Fellows
4:50pm - 5:00pm
Closing Remarks & Closing Reception
Afterparty being held at: 54 West 39th Street