Imagine a world where education and policy align to empower women in business—to lead, to innovate, to launch, to drive economic expansion, and to advance communities. That is the vision of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO).
WEDO convenes its annual international summit, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), as a an event on its internationally proclaimed day, Thursday, November 19. This year, WED features a free virtual summit and speakers include:
- Dawn Dickson, Founder of PopCom, who raised over $2 million in crowdfunding
- Dottie Herman, America’s richest self-made woman
- Shannon Dellimore, Creator of GLAMGLOW (sold for $300 million)
- Jenny Abramson, investor extraordinaire (closed a $182 million fund for women)
- Gale Wilkinson, founder of Vitalize VC and Irish Angels VC expert
- Judith Heumann, disability rights activist and star of Netflix’s Crip Camp
- Wendy Diamond, Founder/CEO WEDO and #ChooseWomen
- Ita Ekpoudom, Founder/CEO of Tigress Ventures and partner at GingerBread Capital
Learn more and register for the WED 2020 Virtual Summit here.
WEDO works throughout the year in support of women in business by igniting women leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. The proclaimed day is celebrated in 144 countries and 65 universities and colleges internationally, with a growing global legion of 333 global ambassadors activated in every continent. The WEDO mission is to empower the 4 billion women worldwide to be catalysts for change and uplift over 250 million girls living in poverty worldwide.
In order to achieve this ambitious goal, WED builds and catalyzes the vital networks of like-minded individuals and organizations that women business leaders need to realize their full potential and change the world. These networks include business leaders, government officials and civil society who collaborate to find solutions in critical areas of entrepreneurship, including ecosystems, education and policy creation.
“Historically, women worldwide have been underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underfunded and underestimated. We are determined to change this global imbalance,” explains Wendy Diamond, founder of WEDO and #ChooseWomen. “Women and minorities have been the hardest hit during the current health and economic crisis and the movement to virtual workplaces. Investing in women has never been more critical.”
WEDO’s ambassador team has already made a huge impact. Achievements include the Saudi Arabia team, which hosted a nation-wide entrepreneurship training program for 60,000 female college students and early-stage entrepreneurs. In New York City at the United Nations, WEDO donated 1,000 microloans to impoverished women to start their entrepreneurship journey. The WED Philippines team educated 1,000 rural women with financial literacy.
WEDO is excited to announce:
- WEDO launches the #ChooseWomen initiative on December 2. This social media campaign helps women in business proclaim the Wednesday after Thanksgiving dedicated to #ChooseWomen. In partnership with Bartle Bogle Hegarty this will be a grassroots social media movement inspiring women and men to pledge their support to #ChooseWomen in business, politics, finance and art.
- WEDO welcomes NASDAQ, Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, Google for StartUps, MIT Innovation Labs, WEGATE – European Union, Girls Scouts, Romanian National Confederation for Female Entrepreneurship and many more to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) as partners.
About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization
WEDO is a 501c3 all-volunteer grassroots movement in support of women in business globally. Learn more at WomensEDay.org.
About Wendy Diamond
Wendy Diamond is an impact investor, entrepreneur, humanitarian, founder of Animal Fair Media and Ellis Island Honor Society recipient. Learn more at WendyDiamond.com.