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.

Nominate a Pioneer Award Woman!


Mitzi Perdue
Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate
Mona Scott-Young
CEO/Founder Monami Entertainment
Nadja Swarovski
Chair,Swarovski Foundation - Founder Atelier Swarovski
Coco Rocha
Founder, Investor & Fashion Model Pioneer
Dawn Dickson
Founder/CEO PopCom
Judith Heumann
International Disability Rights Advocate The Heumann Perspective
Congresswoman Grace Meng
Representative New York’s 6th Congressional District located in Queens, New York


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 a beautiful piece of art customized for each Pioneer Award Winner!