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.


Andrea Kerzner (Arts Pioneer Award 2017)
Founder and CEO of Lalela Project, Co-Creator of, Director of the Board of Kerzner International Holdings Limited
Angie Bastian (Culinary Pioneer Award 2017)
Founder, Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP®
Bobbi Brown (Beauty Pioneer Award 2017)
CEO Beauty Evolution, Former CEO & Chief Creative Officer Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Dorothy “Dottie ” Herman (Business Pioneer Award 2017)
Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Real Estate brokerage firm Douglas Elliman Real Estate LLC.
Judith Ripka (Accesories Pioneer Award 2017)
Luxury Jewelry Designer & Founder Judith Ripka
Lucy Jarvis (Media Pioneer Award 2017)
First Woman Television Producer, Peabody Award Winner
Muna Rihani Al-Nasser (Philanthropy Pioneer Award 2017)
Chairwomen UN Women For Peace Association
Sara Bareilles (Music Pioneer Award 2017)
Singer, Songwriter, 6-time Grammy Nominee, Broadway Musical Writer/ Composer
Sonia Gardner (Financial Pioneer Award 2017)
President, Managing Partner, and Co-Founder of Avenue Capital Group & Global Chair of the Board of 100 Women in Finance
Suzanne Lerner (Fashion Pioneer Award 2017)
President and Co-Founder Michael Stars, and Board Member Women Thrive Alliance
Twinkle Khanna (Celebrity Pioneer Award 2017)
Film Actress, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author & Philanthropist


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!