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.

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Anna Sui (Fashion Pioneer Award 2018)
Internationally Renowned Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur
Eileen Murray (Financial Pioneer Award 2018)
CO-CEO Bridgewater Associates, The world’s largest hedge fund with $160 billion in assets - Ka - Ching!
Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise. The Royal House of Norway (Political Pioneer Award 2018)
Author & Chair Princess Märtha Louise's Fund to benefit disabled children.
Kathleen King (Culinary Pioneer Award 2018)
Founder Tate’s Bake Shop Sold to OREO giant Mondelez International for a yummy $500 million!
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk (Civic Pioneer Award 2018)
President/Co-Founder Memnosyne Foundation & The John Philip Thompson Foundation
Shannon Dellimore (Beauty Pioneer Award 2018)
Co-Founder & Creative Director GLAMGLOW
Shari Staglin (Philanthropy Pioneer Award 2018)
CEO Staglin Family Vineyard & Co-founder One Mind who has raised and donated over $1 BILLION for mental health causes
Shelley Zalis (Technology Pioneer Award 2018)
Founder OTX Global Technology Consulting Firm, CEO/Founder The Female Quotient  


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!