United Nations – New York Event 2014



2014 Speakers

Speakers selected are innovators, visionaries, and leaders in their field(s) of micro finance, technology, education, and more — all advancing gender parity and increasing opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship around the world. These distinguished women and men are internationally renowned for their positive impact on women’s lives.


Amanda Drury
Amanda Drury is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Street Signs.”
Amir Dossal
Co-Founder/President Global Partnerships Forum & Former Executive Director United Nations Office for Partnerships
Amy Robach
News Anchor for ABC News & Good Morning America.Robach has traveled worldwide to cover major news events
Andrea Lo
Co-Founder and CEO at Piggybackr.com.
Baroness Verma
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change
Bineta Mbacké
Regional Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Manager of Nestlé Central West Africa.
Carol Sawdye
Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PwC & member of the U.S. Leadership Team.
Dr. Ruta Aidis
Expert of entrepreneurship and gender. In 2013, she spearheaded the first ever global index for female entrepreneurship.
Eileen Buckley
Member of the PwC US Corporate Responsibility team and focuses much of her time on the firm’s “Earn Your Future” youth education initiative
Elizabeth Scharpf
Elizabeth Scharpf, the Founder & Chief Instigating Officer of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)
Her Excellency Gertrude Mutharika
First Lady of Malawi. Established the Gertrude Mutharika Beautify Malawi Trust
Her Excellency Kim Simplis Barrow
First Lady of Belize. Improving the welfare of women in Belize with her Lifeline Foundation.
Her Excellency Penehupifo Pohamba
First Lady of Namibia. Advocate for empowerment of women & eradication against injustices
Jen Hyman
Co-Founder and CEO of Rent the Runway. Raised approximately $54 million in venture capital funding.
Jennifer Tang
Winner Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, Co – Founder Eyenaemia
Joy Marcus
Joy Marcus is the CEO of Bloglovin & Venture Partner at Gotham Ventures.
Julie Smolyansky
President & CEO of Kefir Company Lifeway Foods, writer, activist, producer of several documentaries
Karen Mahoney
Chief Human Resources Officer for BNP Paribas North America, & executive member of the Financial Women’s Association.
Kathy Calvin
President & CEO of the United Nations Foundation. An advocate for multi-sector problem-solving and champion of girls & women.
Lesley Jane Seymour
Editor In Chief, More Magazine led More Magazine to a 2009 National Magazine Award Nomination & General Excellence nomination in 2010
Lisa Miller
Chief Growth Officer at Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Liz Murray
Inspirational Speaker& Best-Selling Author, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival & MyJourney from Homeless to Harvard
Lori Taylor
Founder and CEO of REV Media Marketing.
Lynn Tilton
CEO of Patriarch Partners, the largest woman-owned business with 75 companies including MD Helicopters,Rand McNally, & Stila Cosmetics
Mama Sarah Obama
Founder and CEO of the foundation, Mama Sarah Obama is one of the most influential women in Kenya
Marième Esther Dassanou
Sector Lead in IFC’s Gender Secretariat
Princess Reema Bint Bandar-Al Saud
CEO of Luxury Retail Corp. Alfa Intl. She is also an avid supporter for the awareness of breast cancer.
Professor Sana Odeh
Clinical Professor of Computer Science & Faculty Liaison at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
Quvenzhane Wallis
Youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Radha Muthiah
Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Rose Byrne
Australian-born actress who started acting at age 8, Byrne now is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress in tv, movies, and broadway.
Sandy Lerner
Co-founder of Cisco Systems. Founder of Urban Decay cosmetics, and is an advocate of animal welfare.
Sarah Robbins
Journalist, author, and editor-at-large
Shannon Schuyler
Principal, Corporate Responsibility Leader and President, PwC Foundation
Susan McPherson
CEO at McPherson Strategies. She works with companies, nonprofits, and foundations to help amplify their social impact.
Tamara Mellon
Founder of Tamara Mellon Brand, Former CEO of Jimmy Choo. Ambassador for Intl Trade, & Queen Elizabeth II honored her with an OBE
Tom Nazario
Founder and president of The Forgotten International,an attorney, child advocate, and law professor at the USF
Ursula Wynhoven
Head, Policy & Legal of the United Nations Global Compact Office. She is the Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Wendy Norman
Director, Social Good Programs Microsoft Consumer Apps and Services
William A. Von Hoene
Senior Executive VP &Chief Strategy Officer for Exelon, the nation’s number one competitive energy provider.



We are currently solidifying leading businesswomen to be speakers on the panels being presented during Women’s Entrepreneurship Day but always open to ideas from outside of our existing networks. If you would like to be considered or you would like to nominate someone you know for this year’s event or one upcoming, please enter your info below. Please note that some of the speaking panel topics include:

  1. “Strategically Investing in Women-Owned Business”

  2. “The Importance of Microloan Financing for Women Entrepreneurs in the Developing World”

  3. “The Power of Education for Entrepreneurs of the Future”

  4. “How Celebrity Entrepreneurs Can Advance Social Good”

  5. “Health, Beauty, Fashion and the Arts and How Women Entrepreneurs are Changing These Industries with Innovation”

  6. “How to Have a Successful Company While also Addressing the Issues of Sustainability, Health and Gender Equality”

  7. “Technology for Good: Leading the Way for Women Entrepreneurs and the Next Big Idea”