The east river shimmers in the background while a group of women – brave the cold winter chills to gather at the United Nations for the launch of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WEDAY). A global movement set to celebrate, empower and to pledge support for women entrepreneurs.
The star-studded event included Mama Sarah, Grandmother to President Barack Obama, a recipient of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Award and a panelist on “The Important of Education for Entrepreneurs of the Future.” Her Excellency Penehupifo Pohamba First Lady of Namibia, the beautiful and dynamic leader Wendy Diamond founder and CEO of WEDAY, the brave Oscar nominated actress Quvenzhane Walls, Former Miss Universe Gabriela Isller, Lobbyist Tiffany Raspberry of YorkGroup Assosiates, Jen Hayman Co-founder of Rent the Runway, Award Winning Fashion Designer Dominique Streater Winner of Project Runway, Award Winning Writer Gwen Moran, and Chief Temitope Ajayi (Mama Diaspora) the Honorable Chair of Global Connections for Women foundation among others.
The world needs “WEDAY” to close the gender gap impeding the growth of women owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Kauffman Foundation states “the future of American growth is in the hands of women,” but this is also true for the rest of the world. Wendy Diamond’s “WEDAY” not only creates an opportunity to inspire and motivate women entrepreneurs, but it also provide amply opportunity to connect, educate and elevate the next generation of women entrepreneurs. It is a generation that without question will be essential to this paradigm shift. An area of concern “is that a surprisingly low percentage of women cited a role model as their motivation for entering entrepreneurship” CNBC reports. This came as no surprise to Amir A. Dossal, Chairman of Global Partnerships Forum who before introducing oscar nominated Quvenzhane Walls – paused to encourage the women in the room to also ask their male counterparts to serve as their potential mentors.
The WEDAY launch of November 19th exceeded all expectations for it left the room filled with an empowering spirit of inspiration and pride, leaving participants reveling in their roles as witnesses to an epic era of surplus in women own businesses and the growth in women entrepreneurs.
Pledge your support today by donating your time, talent and treasures and let us create a world with a greater representation of successful women business owners. The Global Connections for Women foundation pledges our support to women entrepreneurs and the army of “Working Moms” whom we prepare to celebrate by hosting the Working Mom Expo in Atlanta on October 3rd, 2015. If you are interested in learning how to participate, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.