WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY SUMMIT 2021
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Delegates Dining Room – United Nations, New York City
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)
and international campaign #ChooseWOMEN
is a non-governmental volunteer organization
with a mission to economically
empower women and alleviate poverty worldwide
In previous years, WED has gone above and beyond and brought all types of people to join our conference. We sponsored 75 students from Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, Lalela, Rethink Academy, The Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria, Yale University, George Washington University, and Northeastern University. Their presence at our conference demonstrates and represents our commitment to inspiring and uplifting the next generation of global leaders. Not only was this commitment evident at the conference, but way beyond. The WED summit granted 500 microloans to impoverished women to help them launch their own businesses!
Our 2021 WEDO summit will host incredible speakers from all walks of life. You will have the opportunity to speak to and learn from some of the world’s most influential, successful, and charitable people. You get a very special sneak peak to some of this year’s conference speakers below!
Are YOU passionate about making the world a better place for women?
If so, we invite you to join this year’s WEDO Summit. You can join this summit with us at the United Nations headquarters in New York,
or you can tune in from the comfort of your own home!
At this conference, not only will you be supporting and empowering WOMEN, but you will also be helping the world reach the 6 following
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals!
Who Should JOIN?
Are YOU passionate about making the world a better place for women? If so, we invite you to join this year’s WEDO Summit. You can join this summit with us at the United Nations headquarters in New York, or you can tune in from the comfort of your own home!
At this Conference, not only will you be supporting and empowering WOMEN, but you will also be helping the world reach the 6 following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals!
“Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY!”
“Encouraging A Gender Lens-Women Entrepreneurs Get Their ‘Day'”
” A day packed with girl power, practical advice, and a killer soundtrack!”
#WEDO2021 Summit Current/Previous Speakers
Jeni Britton Bauer is an American ice cream maker and entrepreneur. A pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, she introduced a modern, ingredient-driven style of ice cream making that has been widely emulated across the world but never duplicated. Jeni opened her first ice cream shop, Scream, in 1996, then founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. Her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won a coveted James Beard Award in 2012. It quickly became the de facto bible for anybody making their own ice cream or thinking about opening a new-style ice cream shop. Her second cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts (2014), took ice cream to the next level with an array of incredible plated, layered, and piled-high ice cream-centric desserts. As Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jeni remains the beating heart of the company and is in charge of all creative output—from the ice cream itself to the supporting details that enhance the experience of eating it. Jeni is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow
Mona Scott-Young is an American television producer and entrepreneur. She is the CEO of the multi-media entertainment company Monami Productions, best known for producing the VH1 reality television franchise Love & Hip Hop. Scott-Young has been honored at ASCAP’s “Woman Behind the Music” event in 2011. She has been honored with awards from the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music Entertainment, named “Marketer of the Year” by Ad Age, and recognized by the National Congress and Convention of Haitian-Americans. Scott-Young was awarded at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for “Reality TV Royalty”.
Nadja is Chair of the Swarovski Foundation, a UK charity which she established in 2013 to foster culture and creativity, promote human empowerment and preserve the environment globally. She also heads up the Swarovski Waterschool, which is active in six continents teaching youth about water conservation. Both philanthropic organizations are focused on the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Nadja was the first female member of the Executive Board of Swarovski, which was founded in Austria by her great-great-grandfather Daniel Swarovski in 1895. With a mission to bring Swarovski to the forefront of the fashion industry and elevate the brand’s perception, she led the Branding, Sustainability and Licensing divisions and launched the luxury fashion jewelry brand Atelier Swarovski.
Her career at the family business started in the mid-1990s, when she began showcasing Swarovski’s crystal range to the fashion, jewelry, architecture, lighting and home décor industries, encouraging designers to discover crystal’s creative potential. The resulting collaborations and partnerships established her as one of the 21st century’s most significant patrons of design talent.
In 2016 Nadja was made a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2019 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London. Nadja holds Board-level positions at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, FIT Foundation and the German Fashion Council and is a member of The Nature Conservancy’s European Council for Global Conservation.
Cathie Woods is the CEO and Founder of Ark Trust. Cathie registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. With over 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, Cathie founded ARK to focus solely on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research.
Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as CIO of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed over $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded, which in 2000, managed approximately $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates LLC as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California at The Capital Group as an Assistant Economist. Cathie received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California in 1981.
Cathie has been recognized as an influential fund manager across various outlets. In 2018, editors at Bloomberg acknowledged Cathie by selecting her to its second annual Bloomberg 50 list of people across business, entertainment, finance, politics, technology, and science who have defined global business. Additionally, Fortune named Cathie to its exclusive roundtable of experts in the annual Fortune Investors Guide: The Best Investing Advice for 2019 From Fortune’s Experts. In 2016, Cathie received the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award” from Market Media. Cathie also has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum (China) in 2016 & 2017, the World Strategic Forum (Miami) in 2017, The Sohn Hearts and Minds Investment Leaders Conference (Australia) in 2018 and 2019, and Singularity University’s Exponential Finance in 2017 and Global Summit in 2019.
Ita’s mission is to engage, educate, and elevate the next generation of successful women business leaders and investors. As the Founder & CEO of Tigress Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm she started in 2014, Ita tapped her considerable network to bring together visionary entrepreneurs with seasoned pro’s to help women scale their businesses and hone their leadership skills. Tigress Ventures hosted a monthly speakers series featuring thought leaders and industry experts, and provided private consultations with individual clients. She is also a partner at Gingerbread Capital.
Ita also served as Venture Partner at Plum Alley Investments, where she oversaw investment opportunities and pipeline for high-growth female-founded and gender-diverse startups. Previously, Ita held product management roles at TravelClick and American Express. She began her career at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in Credit Capital Markets and then as an institutional trader of preferred stock.
Ita holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a certificate in Finance, from Princeton University.
Dottie Herman is the quintessential American success story. She exemplifies the qualities of a great leader, mentor, and role model. After attending Adelphi University, Dottie began her real estate career in 1978 working as a broker for Merrill Lynch on Long Island. In 1989, Merrill Lynch sold their real estate division to Prudential, where Dottie stayed on as one of their leading brokers. With the change in ownership, Dottie was convinced she could run the company herself, so in 1990 she borrowed $7 million dollars from Prudential to purchase Prudential Long Island Realty. Despite being told she would never succeed, she turned the company into the powerhouse brokerage on Long Island and then in the Hamptons. Ready to conquer the Manhattan market, in 2003, Herman and her business partner Howard Lorber purchased Douglas Elliman, Manhattan’s largest and most prestigious brokerage firm. Since then, Douglas Elliman has become the largest and fastest-growing real estate residential brokerage in New York and Dottie the most successful woman in real estate.
Beckles has practiced as an attorney since 1988, attached to the Chambers of Theodore R Guerra and Associates.
Beckles was appointed an opposition Senator for the People’s National Movement (PNM) in 1995. She was then elected to the House of Representatives representing the Arima constituency in 2000, serving until 2010. She was appointed Minister for Social Development in 2001, Minister for Culture and Tourism in 2002, and Minister for Public Utilities and the Environment in 2003.
Beckles was Trinidad and Tobago’s first female Deputy Speaker of the Parliament from 2007 until 2010 and served as Leader of Opposition Business from 2010 until 2013. In November 2012, she was elected lady vice-chair of the PNM, but she was dropped from the senate by party leader Keith Rowley in December 2013. In May 2014, she unsuccessfully challenged Rowley for the leadership of the party.[ On February 4, 2015, she was rejected in her bid to represent the PNM for the constituency of Arima in the 2015 general election.
Beckles was appointed Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to the UN by Prime Minister Rowley in August 2016. In January 2019 Beckles was voted in by the Secretary General of the United Nations to be the Chairwoman of UN Women.
Satya S. Tripathi is UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office at UN Environment.
A development economist and lawyer with over 35 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi has served with the UN since 1998 in key positions in Europe, Asia and Africa in the areas of Climate Change, Human Rights, Democratic Governance and Legal Affairs.
He was Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in support of the Indonesian government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office of 10 UN Agencies established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders on climate change mitigation and adaptation through the conservation of forests and preservation of peat-land and bio-diversity. Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact in developing countries. He continues to serve on the boards of these institutions.
Mr. Tripathi is a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Natural Resources Governance at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and serves on the Advisory Council of the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD). He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests; and in India as a member of its national civil service.
Lauren Young, the Wonder Woman of Finance, develops personal finance and manages the World at Work Sustainability coverage on Reuters.com. Lauren has helped Reuters land sponsored sections, including Life Lessons, ETFs, and 48 Hours and Retirement. Lauren co-chaired the Women’s Initiative for Networking and Success (WINS) at McGraw-Hill’s corporate headquarters, organizing more than a dozen networking and career development events. Under her leadership, membership at the company’s 1221 Ave. of the Americas WINS chapter grew by more than 50%. Follow Lauren – Linkedin or Twitter.
Wendy Diamond is the Founder and CEO of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) and is also the Founder, CEO, and CPO of Animal Fair Media. Diamond is a strong advocator for animal welfare and empowering women. Through WED she has joined women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups and drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide, opening many windows of opportunity for women all around the world. Diamond has previous experience as a TV personality on various television programs and has written several books during her lifetime. Wendy Diamond holds 3 Guinness World Records and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2016
In 1999, after rescuing her first shelter animals, a purebred Russian Blue named Pasha, and a Maltese named Lucky, Wendy set out to help save the 12 million animals euthanized in shelters EACH year. She founded Animal Fair Media with that specific mission and spirit to rescue disenfranchised animals, and endangered wildlife globally, by promoting animal welfare and rescue, healthy pet lifestyles, and responsible breeding.
She was the first person to bring celebrities and pop culture to the animal rescue world. Diamond revolutionized the pet industry by creating premiere pop culture benefits to endorse animal adoption, advocacy, and fundraising, including the Yappy Hour® cocktail parties, the foremost pet celebrity fashion show called Paws For Style®, Howloween, St Pawtrick’s Day, all with proceeds benefiting animal rescue.
She was the Chairwoman of the Katrina Pet Memorial, Barkus Grand Marshall and the Humane Society of New York dedicated the Lucky Diamond Critical Care Ward in honor of Wendy’s dog Lucky.
Thanks to the awareness and contributions of Animal Fair Media, Inc, the number of animals euthanized went from 12 million animals in 1999 to TWO million today.
After two decades of dedication to animals, Wendy turned her attention on global humanitarian efforts and founded Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)#ChooseWOMEN. Launched in 2013, WEDO works globally to empower women and girls to become active participants in the economy by igniting a network of women leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities around the world.
Wendy is also Founder of LDP Ventures where she is an Investor/Advisor to social impact disruptive technologies and women-led businesses.
She has authored 10 widely-celebrated books, garnered three Guinness World Records, and has appeared in media outlets including Oprah, NBC’s Today Show, The New York Times and Forbes.
She has been a featured keynote speaker at the United Nations, Harvard University, and Davos and sits on the Advisory Boards of Ellis Island Honors Society, Global Women in Blockchain, Social Innovation Summit, Humane Society of New York and Grey Muzzle Foundation.
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November 19, 2021!
We sincerely hope you will join us at the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization summit.
Everyone is Welcome!
Rally your colleagues, family, and friends to celebrate this monumental movement in women’s history!
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“From the immediate success of WED, it’s clear that the GLOBAL MOVEMENT to empower women entrepreneurs, innovators, and job creators was WAITING TO BE ACTIVATED.”
Be a part of the WEDO movement to EMPOWER, SUPPORT & CELEBRATE women in business and uplift girls by attending Women’s Entrepreneurship Day!