United Nations – New York Event 2017

Join us around the world where We convene Business Leaders, Change Makers, Government Officials and Civil Society to collaborate and find solutions in critical areas of entrepreneurship eco-systems, education and policy creation to empower women in business to alleviate poverty.



November 17th, 2017

New York City

Delegates Dining Room – United Nations

Confirmed Honorary Guests and Speakers Include:


Amir Dossal
Founder & Chairman Global Partnerships Forum, Former Director U.N. Office of Partnerships
Andrea Kerzner
Founder and CEO of Lalela Project
Baroness Sandip Verma
European Union External Affairs Sub-Committee Chair, Member The House of Lords
Betty Liu
Anchor Bloomberg Television and Founder & CEO Radiate, Inc
Bobbi Brown
CEO Beauty Evolution, Former CEO & Chief Creative Officer Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Cindy Whitehead
Founder & CEO The Pink Ceiling, Co-Founder & CEO Sprout Pharmaceuticals (creator of the “Female Viagra”
Crystal Rose
Sensay, Co-Founder & CEO , Executive Producer, Head of Creative Technology PHENOMENON & Co-Founder Onvi
D´Andra Ulmer
Chief Marketing Bee Me & the Bees Lemonade, Mom to Mikaela Founder Me & the Bees Lemonade & Founder Grand Beginnings, Inc
Dottie Herman
Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas Elliman
Galia Benartzi
Co-Founder Bancor Protocol, Co – Founder Mytopia & Co & Founder Particle Code
Goldie Hawn
Academy and Golden Globe Award Winning Actress, Director, Producer, and Founder Hawn Foundation
Heidi Messer
Co-founder Collective[i] and LinkShare
Jesse Draper
Founding Partner Halogen Ventures , Founder Valley Girl Ventures & Venture Girls Inc.
Judith Ripka
Luxury Jewelry Designer & Founder Judith Ripka
Kate Rogers
CNBC Small Business and Entrepreneurship Reporter
Kathleen “Kathy” Hochul
Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York, Founder & Board Member of Kathleen Mary House and Co-Founder Village Action Coalition and Chair Women’s Suffrage Commission
Katia Cerwin
Co-Creator Programa Valentina
Kunal Sood
Co-Chair of the WED Fellows Accelerator
Latisha D. Taylor
Founder HealthMeasured.net, National Speaker, Author, Former Pro-Cheerleader, Business Development HCPN Alliance, HackCancerSF & HealthTech Women
Lauren Young
Money Editor Thomson Reuters
Lela Goren
Developer and Founder Lela Goren Group
Lizzy Flores
Her Excellency Ambassador Honduras to the United Nations
Lucy Jarvis
First Woman Television Producer, Peabody Award Winner
Lydia Fenet
Senior Vice President, International Director of Strategic Partnerships & International Head of Benefit Auctioneering for Christies Auction House
Mikaila Ulmer
Founder Me & the Bees Lemonade & Successful ABC Shark Tank Contestant
Mina Chang
CEO Linking the World, a Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive in National and International Security,& International Security Fellow at New America
Mindy Grossman
CEO Weight Watchers, Formerly HSN Inc, Board Directors UNICEF, National Retail Federation
Monica Iken
Founder September’s Mission, Board Member 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Chairwomen UN Women For Peace Association
Rachel C. Gerrol
Co-Founder Nexus Global Youth Summit
Samantha Nerove LTC (Ret)
Combat Veteran, Paratrooper, Executive Director of #StopFGM Campaign, Founder/CEO of America Matters
Seema Mody
CNBC Global Markets Reporter
Shelly Collins
Founding Partner – The Shatter Fund
Sonia Gardner
President, Managing Partner & Co-Founder Avenue Capital Group, Co-Founder Amroc Capital Group and Board of Trustees Mount Sinai Medical Center
Suzanne Lerner
President and Co-Founder Michael Stars, and Board Member Women Thrive Alliance
Tao Porchon Lynch
Guinness World Record Oldest Yoga Instructor
Wendy Diamond
Founder & CEO Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization/ChooseWomen, Founder Animal Fair Media, Inc.
Yue-Sai Kan
Emmy-winning Television Host & Producer, Founder Yue-Sai Cosmetics, Best-Selling Author & Philanthropist


Join Us November 17th, 2017
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day



We would be honored if you would become a member and join us at the United Nations on November 17th to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WEDO)! WE are a grassroots mission with a focused goal to alleviate poverty by empowering, celebrating and supporting women in business, and inspire every woman young and old globally that has a dream of becoming a successful businesswoman.


Why Join Us?

With a variety of calendar days dedicated to various causes across the globe, one might ask – Why does the world need Women’s Entrepreneurship Day/ ChooseWOMEN and why should I support it? First, consider some basic facts — women account for 85 percent of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending. At the same time, they perform 66 percent of the world’s work and only earn 10 percent of the world’s income.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WEDO) is a movement that carries throughout the year in support of women in business globally. WED ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide.

WEDO is passionately dedicated and committed to elevating the following five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to make the world a better place: Goal 1: Ensure inclusive and quality education. Goal 2: Achieve gender equality. Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Goal 17: Revitalize global partnership for sustainable development.

WEDO is celebrated in 144 countries and 65 universities/colleges internationally! The WEDO mission is to empower the 4 billion women across the globe to be catalysts of change, and uplift the 250 million girls living in poverty globally.

Who Should Be A Member?

Anyone interested in business who is ready to make a positive difference for women in this world and join an inspiring group of Change Makers, Social Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Major Fortune 500 C-Suite Executives, UN Senior Officials, Heads of International Organizations, Ambassadors to the UN, Civil Society Leaders, CEOs, Celebrities, and Major News Media to collaborate and find solutions in critical areas of entrepreneurship eco-systems, education and policy creation to empower women in business to alleviate poverty worldwide!

Here is your chance to Speak! 
Click Here To Nominate a Speaker

Do you want to join our World Ambassador Team? Click Here

Are you in School? Click Here to Join our Student Ambassador Team

Do you have time or talent to donate? We need Volunteers – Click Here


United Nations, New York City. You can’t make it? We are being celebrated in 144 countries! Click Here to meet the teams around the world!


NYC has several flights a day to 3 major international airports:
LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

We hope you will join us and invite your co-workers, family and friends to celebrate! As a WEDO member your donation supports our mission to educate the world why it’s so important to empower women in business to alleviate poverty!

Our Confirmed Distinguished 2017 Speakers Include:

Ms. Goldie Hawn(Academy and Golden Globe Award Winning Actress, Director, Producer, and Founder Hawn Foundation)
Ms. Andrea Kerzner(Director Kerzner International, Founder Lalela Foundation)
Ms. Tao Porchon-Lynch(Actress & Guinness World Record Master Yoga Instructor)
Ms. Loreen Arbus(President/Founder of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., & The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation)
Ms. Baroness Verma(EU External Affairs Sub-Committee Chair, Member of The House of Lords)
Ms. Randi Zuckerberg(Founder & CEO Zuckerberg Media, host of Dot Complicated on SIRIUS Radio and New York Times bestselling Author)
Ms. Wendy Diamond(Founder & CEO Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization/ChooseWomen, Founder Animal Fair Media, Inc.)
Ms. Mindy Grossman(CEO of Weight Watchers, Formerly HSN Inc, Board of Directors UNICEF, National Retail Federation)
Ms. Kate Rogers(CNBC Small Business and Entrepreneurship Reporter)
Ms. Dottie Herman(President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas Elliman)
Ms. Jesse Draper(Founder Halogen Ventures)
Ms. Galia Benartzi(Co-Founder Bancor Protocol)
Ms. Cindy Whitehead(Founder & CEO of The Pink Ceiling)
Ms. Lauren Young(Money Editor, Reuters)
Ms. Suzanne Lerner(Co-Founder Michael Stars)
Ms. Heidi Messer(Co-Founder Collective(i), World Evolved and LinkShare)
Ms. Lucy Jarvis (CEO Jarvis Productions, Inc.)
Ms. Yue-Sai Kan (Emmy-winning Television Host & Producer, Founder of Yue-Sai Cosmetics, Best-Selling Author & Philanthropist)
Many More To Be Announced…



Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Agenda

United Nations Summit November 17, 2017

7:30am – 8:00am Check- in and Registration

8:05am – 8:40am Breakfast and Spiritual Meditation Session

8:45am – 9:10am Welcoming Remarks

9:15am – 9:35am WEDO Inspirational Fellows Around the World

9:40am – 10:10am The Future of Blockchain: It Starts with Women

10:15am – 10:45am Sparking Confidence in Girls with Stars of Today

10:50am –11:50am Break

11:50am – 12:10pm Inspiring the Next Generation: Taking Tips from Parents of Successful Entrepreneurs

12:15pm – 1:30pm Women’s Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award Luncheon – Delegates Dining Room

1:35pm – 2:05pm Understanding Health through the Lens of Women in Biotechnology and Life Science

2:10pm – 2:40pm Financial Inclusion: Funding Female Entrepreneurs

2:45pm – 3:15pm Empowering Women in Business Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

3:20pm – 3:50 pm Intrapreneurship: The Path to Corporate Success

3:50pm – 4:00pm #ChooseWomen Announcement, Closing Remarks

6:30pm – 8:30pm Closing Reception – TBA


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Become a Member & Join Us November 17th, 2017
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day @ United Nations



November 18, 2017

9 am – 6 pm


126 5th Avenue – 18th & 5th New York City


All WEDO members are invited to join us as our guests for the WEDO: Women’s Health and Fitness Day!  We are thrilled to have the most amazing women entrepreneurs leading a health and fitness day jam-packed with invigorating and motivating fitness classes including; a Yoga class taught by Guinness Book of World Records oldest (and youngest at heart) Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch, demonstrations including the JōbuFIT Power Posture featuring workplace body placement and fitness to increase productivity, and even a lunchtime “Doctors Panel” to answer all your women’s health related questions!  Shop, exercise, eat, and drink with our healthy living vendors at the event host’s store, Athleta!  You will be sent a sign up form when you sign up to be a member – classes are limited for this inspirational and powerfully healthy day!

Alessa Caridi
Founder & creator of JōbuFIT
Leading a Power Posture fitness class for increased productivity in the workplace and beyond.
Krista Martins
Creator of a new Caribbean style dance workout.
Leading a dance Wukkout!® workout.
Laura Hanlon
Pilates Instructor and Manager of EQUINOX
Leading a group fitness Pilates Mat class.
Sarika Patel
Creator of new South Asian cardio interval training inspired workout.
Leading a Belly*Bolly*Bhangra class.
Tao Porchon-Lynch
Guinness World Record holder for oldest yoga instructor.
Leading a yoga class.


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