Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world is the UN Women’s theme for this year’s international women’s day celebration. To celebrate the milestones of women in leadership on international women’s day, GC4W honors Stacy London, Kara Goldin, Senator Pat Spearman, Renu Hooda, Chelsea Miller, Fran Hauser, and April Franzino as GC4W Female Icons in Business and Social Leadership.

The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W), an award-winning not-for-profit organization that believes in women and girls and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and others. GC4W has celebrated international women’s day at the Harvard Club of New York City and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. International Women’s Day celebrates women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements in the world. It also calls for action to accelerate gender parity, women’s achievements in the workplace and raise awareness about gender equality. We have honored Dr. Joyce Banda (Former President of Malawi), Congresswoman Barbara Lee, US Congress, Rebecca Minkoff (Renowned Fashion Designer), Chief Temitope Ajayi (African Business Female Icon), Paula Cole (Grammy Award-Winning Artist), and to name a few. We are pleased to announce our 2021 list of our Female Icons.

A Virtual Celebration of Women in Leadership and Female Icons. The GC4W International Women’s Day event is scheduled for Saturday, March 13th, 2021 starting at 11 am eastern standard time. CoachDiversity is the presenting sponsor of the GC4W International Women’s Day Event. CoachDiversity Institute offers the world’s first coaching program specifically designed for diverse communities and preparing individuals, communities, and institutions for rapid demographic change and culturally sound communication.


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Stacy London, American Fashion Stylist & NY Times Bestselling Author

Stacy London is an American stylist/fashion stylist, author, and magazine editor known for her time as co-host on What Not To Wear. She has done fashion reporting for Access Hollywood and the Today Show. She was a spokesperson for Pantene, Woolite, Dr. Scholl’s, and Riders by Lee.  She is a New York Times best-selling author for her book The Truth About Style.  She is currently working on a new project involving women in middle age.  
Hear Stacy London speak about The Art of Resilience, Perception, and Business Sustainability at the upcoming GC4W International Women’s Day Summit.  

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Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO, Hint, Inc. Bestselling Author, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters

Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. She has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fortune’s Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink, and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Kara has successfully navigated the world of large companies and startups in many industries including media, tech, and consumer products. In addition, she understands retail and direct-to-consumer well. She is an active speaker & writer and hosts the podcast The Kara Goldin Show where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs, and other disruptors across various industries. Kara’s first book, Undaunted, published by Harper Leadership, was released in October 2020. She lives in the Bay Area.

Senator Pat Spearman, State Senator of Nevada

Patricia Ann Spearman (born 1955) is an American cleric, veteran, and Democratic politician from North Las Vegas, Nevada. She was elected in November 2012 to the Nevada Senate representing District 1, which is composed of the northern section of North Las Vegas and slivers of neighboring jurisdictions, after defeating incumbent John Jay Lee in the primary and winning the general election. Spearman became the first openly lesbian member of the Nevada Legislature. She was re-elected in November 2016 and serves as a co-majority whip since. Regarded as one of the most liberal members of the Nevada Senate, Spearman has introduced bills that provide equal pay for women, support LGBT rights, and support veterans. Moreover, she was involved in the process of establishing the Nevada Revenue Plan during the 2015 session.

Before being elected senator, Spearman served in the United States Army for 29 years, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel, was a pastor, and held several public service positions, including president of the school district of San Marcos, Texas.”

Renu Hooda, Global Chief Talent Officer, Kinesso, IPG

Renu Hooda is the Chief Talent Officer at Kinesso, an IPG company. With nearly fifteen years in the IPG network, her skills and passions focus on creating high-performing teams. After starting her career as an actuary at Watson Wyatt, she found her way to IPG corporate, then IPG Media brands, and now Kinesso—leading its worldwide human resource’s function. From managing the talent lifecycle and employee experience to succession planning and diversity and inclusion initiatives, she is creating all the right leadership impacts by leveraging organization strength to drive performance. She has been instrumental in transforming the business, overseeing all its major HR activities, and instilling in its people a solutions-focused mindset.

Fran Hauser, Startup Investor & Author, The Myth of a Nice Girl

Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor, keynote speaker, and best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl. She’s held senior positions at some of the world’s largest digital media businesses, including PEOPLE, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, and AOL. Now a startup investor who largely invests in female founders, Fran was named one of Business Insider’s “30 Women in Venture Capital to Watch in 2018.” Fran and The Myth of the Nice Girl have been featured on a wide range of outlets including NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, PEOPLE, Fortune, TIME, Fast Company, Oprah.com, Business Insider, Elle, and many more. The Myth of the Nice Girl was named Audible’s Best Business Book of 2018 and one of Amazon’s Best Business and Leadership Books of 2018, among other accolades. Fran is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and writes a regular career advice column for Refinery 29.

Chelsea Miller, Co-Founder, Freedom March NYC

Chelsea Miller is a social impact entrepreneur and public speaker who grew up in Flatbush and East New York, Brooklyn, New York. In 2016, Miller was one of the youngest interns in the Obama White House working on domestic policy. She went on to start her own nonprofit Women Everywhere Believe, a national leadership pipeline for women and girls of color. She had always been passionate about creating more opportunities for young Black girls. Chelsea Miller was featured in the Financial Times Women of 2020.

April Franzino, Beauty Director, Hearst Magazines

April Franzino is the Beauty Director at Good Housekeeping, part of the Hearst Women’s Lifestyle Beauty Group. She produces and oversees all beauty editorial content, including pitching, reporting, writing, editing, and market work, culminating with the magazine’s yearly Beauty Awards special. April also oversees the beauty content of Woman’s Day and Prevention magazines. She represents them on television, radio, and online, having appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, NBC New York Live, PIX11 News, and Today.com.

April has also held positions as the Beauty Editor at SELF, Associate Beauty Editor at Fitness, Assistant Beauty Editor at Good Housekeeping, and as a Beauty Freelancer at People StyleWatch. Franzino received a Bachelor of Arts from New York University’s journalism school, during which time she logged internships at Glamour, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Lucky, and Jane. When not happily engrossed in all things beauty, April can be found with the people she loves, reading, spending time outdoors, traveling, seeking out great food, baking, and listening to music—especially live. She is based in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Celebrate Our 2021 Female Icons at the upcoming GC4W International Women’s Day Virtual Summit on March 13th starting at 11 am EST. We have curated an experience filled with relevant topics, intellectual conversations, and insightful exchanges with leading women, female icons, and business leaders. We invite you to join us as we move towards advancing our collective knowledge on what we must do to thrive and succeed in a whole new world.

For this summit, we are offering value sets with the purchase of a ticket. Every gift package purchase supports a female business owner on the gc4w marketplace. Guests are also invited to select from our incredible gift packages (as seen in the banner) in support of the gc4w marketplace — female entrepreneurs whose businesses have been impacted by the global pandemic. Get tickets on gc4wiwdsummit.eventbrite.com.

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