The Global Connections for Women Foundation launch the GC4W Entrepreneurship Certificate Program to develop and train the next generation of entrepreneurs on ways to scale their business ventures and improve their leadership skills. 16 Female entrepreneurs were accepted into the first immersive program.

We are thrilled to have the support of our esteemed faculty, who represent a variety of leading business professionals and industry experts.

Purpose & Aim of the GC4W Entrepreneurship Certificate Program:  

  • To invest in a global network of female entrepreneurs.
  • To assist entrepreneurs by providing development training to scale their business.
  • To develop their entrepreneurial skills and techniques to improve their business success.
  • To connect entrepreneurs to successful business leaders and investors.

Are you interested in applying to the GC4W Entrepreneurship Certificate Program? Submit your application now for Cohort 2

Meet the brilliant GC4W Faculty:

Lilian Ajayi-Ore is the Founder & CEO of the Global Connections for Women Foundation. Lilian is an award-winning Digital Marketing Strategist and Big Data Analytics executive with over 16 years of relevant industry expertise helping brands and organizations to identify key market trends, implement a winning marketing strategy, gain market intelligence, and explore new business opportunities. Has been also University Faculty at New York University SPS teaching Digital Marketing, Social Media, and Web Analytics for the past 5 years. Rated by LinkedIn as Top 25 Marketing Professionals in Academia, and nominated by NYU Students for the Teaching Excellence Award.

Lilian is a Doctoral Candidate/Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Lilian is a Harvard Graduate and holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, GSE. An award-winning Humanitarian, Leadership Ambassador, an International Speaker and a media writer for publications and online news sites including GC4Women.org, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Diplomatic Courier. Lilian has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Publishing to name a few


Randall Clark is a corporate and securities associate at Gunderson Dettmer. Randall specializes in the representation of emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles. Randall is broadly experienced with corporate formation and governance matters, venture capital financing transactions, and a variety of M&A transaction structures.

Randall represents a wide variety of technology companies from consumer internet, software, telecommunications, and entertainment technology industries, as well as a number of leading venture capital firms. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., Marketing and summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, B.S.



Oscar Arias is a Learning and Development Consultant. Oscar works with organizations, universities, and emerging entrepreneurs to release their full potential. He has traveled to 834+ cities in the United States and has conducted more than 3,000 workshops and seminars in eight countries. With every endeavor, Oscar pulls from his extensive educational background, experience working as a Peak Performance Strategist for Tony Robbins, and working with over 65 Corporate Universities.

Oscar has become a driving force of change for Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs in the areas of peak performance leadership, organizational behavior, and self-leadership. •Oscar is a highly sought after Learning and Development Consultant, Keynote Speaker and Trainer and is currently pursuing his Doctorate through the University of Pennsylvania’s CLO Program. 


Nelly Ortiz is a Design Thinking certified coach. Passionate about Innovation, Nelly found herself in the intersection between Business, Design, and Technology. Throughout her career, Nelly experienced very different roles. Her diverse background includes working as a designer in a boutique agency, a marketer in a mobile payment startup, a business and technology consultant in IBM, and even the owner of a bar in Colombia.

This unique career path ultimately led her to discover the power and value of Design Thinking in small to very large corporations. She has since shared her expertise and passion for Design Thinking with clients that include Citibank, MetLife, StateFarm, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Delta, Novo Nordisk, Univision, among others. Currently, Nelly is leading the Strategy arm of The Digital Pumpkin, the Innovation Studio at Mindtree. The Digital Pumpkin focuses on facilitating the space, skills, and tools to help companies transform their business outcomes through Business Strategy, Experience Design, and Technology Accelerators. Nelly also believes that a strong source for Innovation is diversity, and one way to get exposed to many ways of diversity is by traveling. She has been to 41 countries and constantly looking for new travel adventures.


Marc Cole is the Chief Administrative Officer Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Marc Cole serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for an organization of more than 700 employees, planning, directing, and coordinating the day-to-day administrative and business management activities for the Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending Division (SEFL), including budget formulation and execution, human capital management, information technology (IT) user support, manager training and space management.





Kevin Franks is a Leading Marketing Strategy & Sales Planning. He is a 20 plus year veteran of the Consumer Packaged Goods and Consumer Electronics industries with a proven track record of cross-functional collaboration and leadership within the Sales and Marketing arena. Kevin’s professional experiences include leading marketing strategy and sales planning for national new product introductions as well as developing annual marketing plans and brand activation campaigns to grow sales and market share. 

Kevin has demonstrated a history of success across a wide array of marketing communication platforms (TV, Print, Digital, Retail, Ethnic, Experiential, Social Media) and classes of trade (Mass, Club, E-Commerce, Sporting Goods, Drug, Grocery, etc). Kevin’s executive leadership roles include overseeing channel marketing and operations for the Alpha Guardian family of secure storage brands, responsibility for global sales and marketing on the water bobble brand and serving as Board Chair for the Global Connections for Women Foundation.

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