United Nations – NEW TORK EVENT 2015




2015 Speakers

Adena Friedman
President, Nasdaq
Alysia Reiner
Two-Time SAG Award Winning Actress from Orange is the New Black, Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award Recipient, Change Maker for Women, Humanitarian, and Producer
Amir Dossal
Co-Founder/President Global Partnerships Forum & Former Executive Director United Nations Office for Partnerships
Andrea Jung
President and CEO of Grameen America, Inc., Chairman Venly, Inc., Former CEO of Avon and Board of Directors of Apple, Daimler AG and General Electric.
Andrea Kerzner (Arts Pioneer Award 2017)
Founder and CEO of Lalela Project, Co-Creator of themoreweshare.com, Director of the Board of Kerzner International Holdings Limited
Andy Serwer
Editor-In-Chief, Yahoo Finance
Anielle Guedes
Founder of Urban3D, a conduit company for parametric design and business director of CIS, a company dedicated to improving people’s lives through Information Technologies.
Anjou Ahlborn
FusionStorm: SAE, BambooAsia: Founder, Valida: COO, HackCancer: President, Mr|Ms Silicon Valley: Producer LLS Woman of the Year
Anna Stork
Co-Founder of LuminAID Lab, Kauffman Global Scholar at the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.
Atti Riazi
Assistant Secretary-General & Chief Information Technology Officer at United Nations
Caroline Donahue
Senior Vice President Chief Marketing and Sales Officer INTUIT
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
A New York City-based journalist and author, Former editor of the fiction anthology “Singapore Noir“ (Akashic Books) and staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and the Baltimore Sun.
Christine Souffrant
Founder & CEO Vendedy, Dubai Chapter Director Startup Grind , Founder Dubai Projects: Smart City Weekend + She Dares Group
Claudia Fan Munce
Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group Vice President, IBM Corporate Development Board member of National Venture Capital Association in the U.S., chairwoman of board of Global Corporate Venturing, board member of Bank of the West, and advisor to many venture capital firms globally.
Craig Newmark
Internet Entrepreneur, Founder of international website Craigslist and CraigConnects.
Cynthia Cohen
Strategic Mindshare Founder and President. Director on the boards of Steiner Leisure (NASDAQ) and Equity One (NYSE)as well as Private companies are Sophelle, FundAthena and AnswerLab. Board of Trustees of the Committee for Economic Development, the Dean’s Advisory Board at Boston University and the Advisory Board of Women Corporate Directors.
Dana Donofree
Founder and CEO of AnaOno, an intimates line for breast cancer survivors, Dana Donofree is a SCAD graduate with 10+ years in the fashion industry.
Danielle Gelber
Executive Vice- President at Dick Wolf’s production company “Wolf Films” & Executive producer of NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med.
Diane Brady
Award-winning journalist, speaker, and media executive who earlier this year, she stepped down as senior editor/content chief at Bloomberg Businessweek. She’s working on ways to leverage the power of community, technology, and physical space to create high-impact storytelling that empowers and informs a new generation of consumers.
Dr. Elisa Stephens
President of Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She serves on the Smithsonian Institution National Board, and many foundations and boards.
Dr. Jen Welter (Sports Pioneer Award)
First woman to hold a coaching position in the NFL With previous background in women’s football leagues as a linebacker for 14 years
Emily Núñez Cavness
Emily Núñez Cavness is co-founder and CEO of Sword & Plough, a social enterprise that works with veterans to repurpose military surplus into fashionable bags and accessories.
Erika Karp
Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. & founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Heidi Messer (Technology Pioneer Award)
Chairman and Co-Founder Collective[i]
Hina Chaudhry
Cardiologist, Scientist, and Founder of VentriNova, Inc., a biotech company aimed at developing clinical treatments for cardiac regeneration.
James Benedict
Managing Director – Cavendish Global. Founding Advisory Board Member Women’s Investment Network. MOGUL & Levo League Advisory Boards.
Kate Rogers
CNBC Small Business and Entrepreneurship Reporter
Katharina Sophia Volz
CEO/Founder of OccamzRazor and CEO of OccamzRazor Pioneered Stanford’s first PhD in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Kelly O. Chezum (Education Pioneer Award)
President of External Relations at Clarkson University
Kelly Wright
General Assignment Reporter for Fox News Channel (FNC), Co-host on “America’s News Headquarters” and Host “Beyond the Dream” series.
Kristen Anderson-Lopez
American Songwriter, Co-wrote/ Produced music for the 2011 Disney film Winnie the Pooh, as well as Walt Disney World production of Finding Nemo – The Musical and co-wrote Disney’s Frozen including “Let It Go”, for which she won an Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards.
Kunal Sood
Chairperson of the WED Fellows Accelerator
Laura Flores
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations, Former Owner Ispeak Translations
Leona Lewis (Music Pioneer Award)
Grammy Nominee, British Singer, Songwriter, and Animal Welfare Campaigner
Leslie Blodgett (Beauty Pioneer Award)
Creator of bareMinerals, former CEO of Bare Escentuals, Board Member of Every Mother Counts, Stella & Dot, and SPANX
Mamie Gummer
Actress and Ambassador/Nomi Network a nonprofit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.
Martha “Muffy”MacMillan (Philanthropy Pioneer Award)
Director on the board of Cargill Inc., Director on the Cargill Foundation, Waycrosse, Inc. , Boards of the American Federation of Arts, Global Minnesota, The Economic Club of Minnesota, and The Walker Art Museum
Michael Greenstein
Global Alternative Asset Management Leader in PwC’s Asset Management practice and member of the Board of Directors of the Managed Funds Association and actively involved in HeForShe.
Milena Radakovic
PowerToFly Co-founder and CEO, Former Chief Technology Officer Avaaz.org
Natasha Tsakos
Performer and President of NTiD, inc. a creative powerhouse dedicated to inspiring and activating imagination through theatrical experiences.
Nisha Khare
Founder of Khare Communications that has documented the World’s elite including Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington, and countless more.
Raja Rajamannar
Global Chief Marketing Officer, MasterCard Board of Directors of PPL Corp and AdClub
Rodrigo Arenas
President of Habitare Desarrollos & Movimiento Civico Nacional, CEO Habitare Desarrollos, President of Movimiento Civico Nacional
Sarah Aoanan
Senior Fellow, State and National Advocacy Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF). Co – launched the television network Cinemoi, North America.
Sarah Austin
Founder Coding FTW, to address the gender divide in the technology sector. Leader in advanced psychographic modeling via cognitive computing.
Sharon Epperson
CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent
Sheelah Kolhatkar
Features Editor and National Correspondent Bloomberg Businessweek
Sophia Swire
Founder of the nonprofit Future Brilliance and its social enterprise, Aayenda Jewelry, dedicated to fostering peace and stability for in Afghanistan through job opportunities, especially for women.
Susan Stautberg
CEO, Global Co-Chair and Co-Founder WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD)
Tamara Etmannski
Founder of Stackz, Co-Founder & Advisor Proof Swap and Academic Director of Professional Programs Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering) & Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada
Tanya Rivero
Host Wall Street Journal Live and ‘Lunch Break’ on Wall Street Journal Video
Vanessa Washington
Senior Executive Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Bank of the West Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, American Bar Association and National Bar Association, and also serves on the Board of the California Minority Counsel Program and the Advisory Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland.
Vicki Escarra
Global CEO of Opportunity International, a microfinance non-profit that provides small business loans and insurance to millions of people.
Zephanii Smith
Co-Founder, U.N.trepreneurship Initiative; CAO, WayMakers, solutions for youth leadership development and cross-sector civic engagement; Opportunity Nation Leader


Speakers list updating – coming soon!

About The Event


Powerful speakers with exceptional ideas and remarkable anecdotes are the soul of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day! While every speaker may come from a different industry or background, each shares the same goals of empowering women and inspiring girls! The event is simulcast in 144 countries, in addition to 21 Universities and Colleges, and consists of captivating 45 minute long panels followed by an engaging 15 minute interactive Q&A sessions.

Please view our 2014 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Event: Click Here

Why Attend?

We are still living in an era of “firsts” where women are trailblazing and need our support.

Now is the time: women-owned businesses are set to grow 90% in the next 5 years, with 500,000 new businesses being created each year in the U.S. But, women perform 66% of the world’s work, yet earn 10% of the world’s income; 90% of that income goes towards family.

Women account for 85% of consumer purchases including everything from autos, vacations, food and healthcare. Women control over $20 Trillion in worldwide spending.

WED is a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to the ideas of world-class speakers and be a part of a larger discussion to empower women in business worldwide.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who wants to learn the secrets to being a woman CEO, c-level executive, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, president, humanitarian, founder, etc.  from the who’s who in the business world!

Do you empower women and inspire girls? Do you support women- led or owned businesses? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you should attend Women’s Entrepreneurship Day!

Are you interested in speaking opportunities or participating in Women’s Entrepreneurship Day? Nominate a speaker


Just like previous years, this year’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day will be taking place at “ultimate global address”. The iconic United Nations Plaza, located riverside at 46th Street and 1st Avenue, at the United Nations Visitors’ Entrance New York, NY 10017.


NYC has several flights a day to 3 major international airports: LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). WED does not arrange transportation to or from the airport, but you will have no trouble finding your way to the UN!

2015 Agenda

  • 8:30am- 8:45am Check- in and Registration
  • 8:45am- 9:25am Welcoming Remarks
  • 9:30am- 10:00am WEDO the People: Government and United Nations Policies and Programs to Support Female Economic Empowerment
  • 10:05am- 10:45am Women Innovators: Fostering Triple Bottom Companies ImpactingGlobal Sustainability
  • 10:50am- 11:20am Female Friendly Fintech: Financial Technology Empowering Platforms for Women Entrepreneurs
  • 11:25am- 11:55pm  Social Entrepreneurship: Supporting Women and Bringing Awareness to Their Fight
  • 12:00pm- 1:20pm Lunch and Women’s Entrepreneurship Pioneer Awards
  • 1:25pm- 1:40pm Get Funded!Challenges and Solutions For Women in Business
  • 1:45pm- 2:15pm Investing Smart: Raising the Bar on Impact Investing Due Diligence
  • 2:20pm- 2:55pm Leader Light Masters: Women Educators and Leaders Who Guide Women to Become Successful Entrepreneurs
  • 3:00pm- 3:30pm Him for Her: Teaching Men to Invest in Women-Owned Businesses
  • 3:35pm- 3:50pm Coffee Refreshment Social
  • 3:55pm- 4:25pm Fueling Global Impact: Celebrities Joining the Philanthropic World
  • 4:30pm- 4:45pm Meet the WEDO Fellows
  • 4:50pm- 5:00PM Closing Remarks & Closing Reception


Join Us November 18th, 2015
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day @ United Nations