​Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is Spreading the Message of Female Empowerment

Daniel Banas  |

If you’ve been paying attention to the cultural landscape over the past several months, you might have noticed a clear shift in the national dialogue - namely, the way women are playing a more vocal role than ever before.

It’s no doubt been an inspiring time for countless women and girls who have struggled with feeling like they’re voices haven’t been heard, and their needs have not been met… and understandably so. Today, women account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending, yet, despite controlling the pocketbooks in a majority of American households, the fact remains that most leadership positions are still held by men. If the women and men behind WED (Women’s Entrepreneurship Day 2016) are successful, though, that may soon change.

What is WED?

Taking place on November 18th, the day before Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, WED is an event that will be held at the United Nations in New York City. Its mission is both simple and undoubtedly ambitious; to empower the 4 billion women around the globe to be catalysts for change while lifting the 250 million girls living in poverty to a place where they can pursue their dreams.

“Empowering women worldwide and investing in their futures helps to drive and promote economic vitality and security locally and globally,” said Wendy Diamond, Founder and President of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

And in 2016, the demand for women in the workforce is greater than ever.

“Twenty-first century leadership skills, such as cooperation, communication, and sharing are more commonly associated with women,” explains Diamond. “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 entrepreneurs.”

To do this, Diamond and her team are seeking to build a think tank of inspiring women leaders to amplify the message through entrepreneurship and community initiatives.

This year, WED has compiled an impressive list of speakers from various walks of life, from female founders to philanthropists, CEOs, creatives, thought leaders, and many other successful women and allies. The speakers will include:

  • Ms. Tao Porchon-Lynch (Actress, International Model and Guinness World Record Master Yoga Instructor)
  • Ms. Mindy Grossman (CEO of HSN Inc, Board of Directors UNICEF, National Retail Federation)
  • Ms. Loreen Arbus (President/Founder of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., and The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation)
  • Rebecca Jarvis (Chief Business and Economics Correspondent at ABC News)
  • Ms. Bobbi Rebell (Author How to be a Financial Grownup, Reuters Money Columnist, Chief Television Correspondent & Anchor, Business Video Thompson Reuters)
  • Katia Beauchamp (CEO and Co-Founder of Birchbox)
  • Mr. Kevin O'Leary (Personality on ABC's Shark Tank, investor, Co-Founder of O'Leary Funds and Soft Key)

  • Mr. Antonio Lucio (Global Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at HP Inc, Former Global Chief Marketing, Strategy and Development Officer at VISA)
  • Ms. Angélica Fuentes (Founder of FAF, A Complete Imperative Fund & GEF, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Women's Rights Advocate)
  • Ms. Betty Liu (Anchor Bloomberg Television and Founder & CEO Radiate, Inc)
  • 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 (Philanthropist, Author, TV Personality & Editor In Chief of Sandra Lee Magazine)
  • 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. Monique Giggy (Director Singularity, University Accelerator & LaunchPad, Co-Founder & President of Swing & Swing Golf, Founder & Partner of Own Vision LLC)
  • Ms. Joan Hornig (Founder of Joan Hornig Jewelry)
  • Mr. Anthony Scaramucci (Founder and a co-managing partner of investment firm Skybridge Capital)
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Katherine (Crown Princess of Serbia, Philanthropist & Patron of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization)
  • Ms. Kate Rogers (CNBC, Small Business & Entrepreneur Reporter)
  • Ms. Yue-Sai Kan (Emmy-winning Television Host & Producer, Founder of Yue-Sai Cosmetics, Best-selling Author & Philanthropist)

With such a strong line-up of successful women and thought leaders, it’s perhaps no surprise that Hollywood has taken notice. The popular TV show Shark Tank will be filming at the event for a segment that will air on ABC, helping to spread WED’s message of female empowerment far beyond the event, to women and men alike worldwide.

“It’s inspiring to see women across the globe unite for a single cause,” says Diamond. “By donating their time, effort and resources to Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, they are not only celebrating, supporting and empowering women in business in over 100 countries, but
also contributing to global unification.”

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