2014 Speakers

Speakers selected for WED are innovators, visionaries, and leaders in their field(s) of micro finance, technology, education, and more — all advancing gender parity and increasing opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship around the world. These distinguished women and men are internationally renowned for their positive impact on women’s lives.


Dr. Ruta Aidis

Expert of entrepreneurship and gender. In 2013, she spearheaded the first ever global index for female entrepreneurship.

Princess Reema Bint Bandar-Al Saud

CEO of Luxury Retail Corp. Alfa Intl. She is also an avid supporter for the awareness of breast cancer.

Her Excellency Kim Simplis Barrow

First Lady of Belize. Improving the welfare of women in Belize with her Lifeline Foundation.


Eileen Buckley

Member of the PwC US Corporate Responsibility team and focuses much of her time on the firm’s “Earn Your Future” youth education initiative


Rose Byrne

Australian-born actress who started acting at age 8, Byrne now is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress in tv, movies, and broadway.

Kathy Calvin

President & CEO of the United Nations Foundation. An advocate for multi-sector problem-solving and champion of girls & women.


Marième Esther Dassanou

Sector Lead in IFC’s Gender Secretariat

Wendy Diamond

Founder/CEO of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Founder/CEO and CPO of Animal Fair Media

Amir Dossal

Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum. Dossal is working to address economic & social challenges

Amanda Drury

Amanda Drury is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Street Signs.”


William A. Von Hoene

Senior Executive VP &Chief Strategy Officer for Exelon, the nation’s number one competitive energy provider.

Jen Hyman

Co-Founder and CEO of Rent the Runway. Raised approximately $54 million in venture capital funding.

Sandy Lerner

Co-founder of Cisco Systems. Founder of Urban Decay cosmetics, and is an advocate of animal welfare.

Andrea Lo

Co-Founder and CEO at Piggybackr.com.

Karen Mahoney

Chief Human Resources Officer for BNP Paribas North America, & executive member of the Financial Women’s Association.

Joy Marcus

Joy Marcus is the CEO of Bloglovin & Venture Partner at Gotham Ventures.

Bineta Mbacké

Regional Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Manager of Nestlé Central West Africa.

Susan McPherson

CEO at McPherson Strategies. She works with companies, nonprofits, and foundations to help amplify their social impact.

Tamara Mellon

Founder of Tamara Mellon Brand, Former CEO of Jimmy Choo. Ambassador for Intl Trade, & Queen Elizabeth II honored her with an OBE

Lisa Miller

Chief Growth Officer at Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship


Liz Murray

Inspirational Speaker& Best-Selling Author, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival & MyJourney from Homeless to Harvard

Her Excellency Gertrude Mutharika

First Lady of Malawi. Established the Gertrude Mutharika Beautify Malawi Trust

Radha Muthiah

Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Tom Nazario

Founder and president of The Forgotten International,an attorney, child advocate, and law professor at the USF


Wendy Norman

Director, Social Good Programs Microsoft Consumer Apps and Services

Mama Sarah Obama

Founder and CEO of the foundation, Mama Sarah Obama is one of the most influential women in Kenya

Professor Sana Odeh

Clinical Professor of Computer Science & Faculty Liaison at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Her Excellency Penehupifo Pohamba

First Lady of Namibia. Advocate for empowerment of women & eradication against injustices

Amy Robach

News Anchor for ABC News & Good Morning America.Robach has traveled worldwide to cover major news events

Lauren Young

Sarah Robbins

Journalist, author, and editor-at-large

Elizabeth Scharpf

Elizabeth Scharpf, the Founder & Chief Instigating Officer of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

Shannon Schuyler

Principal, Corporate Responsibility Leader and President, PwC Foundation


Lesley Jane Seymour

Editor In Chief, More Magazine led More Magazine to a 2009 National Magazine Award Nomination & General Excellence nomination in 2010

Julie Smolyansky

President & CEO of Kefir Company Lifeway Foods, writer, activist, producer of several documentaries

Carol Sawdye

Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PwC & member of the U.S. Leadership Team.

Jennifer Tang

Winner Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, Co – Founder Eyenaemia

Lori Taylor

Founder and CEO of REV Media Marketing.


Lynn Tilton

CEO of Patriarch Partners, the largest woman-owned business with 75 companies including MD Helicopters,Rand McNally, & Stila Cosmetics

Baroness Verma

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change

Peggy Wallace

Peggy Wallace, Managing Partner Golden Seeds. One of the nation’s most active early stage investment firms.

Quvenzhane Wallis

Youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ursula Wynhoven

Head, Policy & Legal of the United Nations Global Compact Office. She is the Special Assistant to the Executive Director

We are currently solidifying leading businesswomen to be speakers on the panels being presented during Women’s Entrepreneurship Day but always open to ideas from outside of our existing networks. If you would like to be considered or you would like to nominate someone you know for this year’s event or one upcoming, please enter your info below. Please note that some of the speaking panel topics include:

  1. “Strategically Investing in Women-Owned Business”
  2. “The Importance of Microloan Financing for Women Entrepreneurs in the Developing World”
  3. “The Power of Education for Entrepreneurs of the Future”
  4. “How Celebrity Entrepreneurs Can Advance Social Good”
  5. “Health, Beauty, Fashion and the Arts and How Women Entrepreneurs are Changing These Industries with Innovation”
  6. “How to Have a Successful Company While also Addressing the Issues of Sustainability, Health and Gender Equality”
  7. “Technology for Good: Leading the Way for Women Entrepreneurs and the Next Big Idea”