The Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) Pioneer Awards recognizes and honors distinguished women who are leaders and innovators across multiple categories with inspiring accomplishments. We honor pioneers in the fields of Health, Education, Music, Business,Celebrity, Sports, Art, Fashion, Philanthropy, Beauty, Social Responsibility, Space/Science, Finance, Technology, and Environment/Animals. Each year we honor those selected on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.


Iris Apfel (Fashion Pioneer Award)
New York style icon, interior designer and businesswoman
Joan Hornig (Accessory Pioneer Award)
American jewelry designer and the founder of Joan Hornig Jewelry
Katia Beauchamp (Beauty Pioneer Award)
CEO and Co-Founder of Birchbox, a monthly beauty subscription box
Kay Koplovitz (Finance Pioneer Award)
Founder of the USA Network and SyFy channel, and the first woman to serve as network president in television history
Mindy Grossman (Philanthropy Pioneer Award)
CEO and Director of HSN, INC. and a member of the company’s Board of Directors
Sandra Lee (Celebrity Pioneer Award)
Emmy-winning television chef and author
Tao Porchon-Lynch (Sports Pioneer Award)
Yoga master and award-winning author
Yue-Sai Kan (Business Pioneer Award)
Emmy-winning television host and producer, entrepreneur, bestselling author and humanitarian


WEDO partnered with the Lalela Project

WEDO partnered with the Lalela Project founded by Andrea Kerzner! They provide educational arts for impoverished at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit. By linking arts education to academic achievement, social and emotional development and civic engagement, Lalela teaches at-risk students in South Africa, Northern Uganda and the Bronx, New York how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities. Lalela also offers specialized programs based on the needs of the communities they serve. Lalela has developed a signature art curriculum, called Heart Mapping. Using this method, an impoverished female student will create the beautiful piece of art customized for each Pioneer Award Winner!