Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs! Last November there was a worldwide celebration of women entrepreneurs in over 144 countries and it was a great day! Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed, discussed, and celebrated, held on the nineteenth of November of each year. The inaugural event in 2014 was held in New York City at the United Nations, with additional events being held simultaneously in several other countries. 144 nations overall recognized the first WED, which included the presentation of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards. The organization behind WED also has an ambassadorship and fellowship program.
Last November I was honored to once again be the U.S. Ambassador Chicago and we celebrated women who are Fashionpreneurs. The event was held at Standout Style Boutique 3353 S Morgan St and co-hosted by the fabulous owner Tamika Price. The women that joined us were influencers, fashion designers, bloggers, and city socialites from around the city. It was a great time for all of us to come together to celebrate local women entrepreneurs in the Fashion industry. We were able to network and fellowship with each other while sharing interesting stories about the journey taken to become a Fashionpreneur.
It was also an opportunity to showcase Standout Style Boutique and all of the wonderful items of up and coming local designers who may never have the chance to showcase their designs and artistry outside of the local marketshare. We had a wonderful celebration sharing stories, noshing on delicious tasty delights, sipping on fabulous wine, and enjoying the energy from other women discussing their journey.
The true beauty of this event was the diversity of the women who attended and the many things we all had in common on the journey of entrepreneurship and the ability to make things happen when sometimes you realize you do not know how you are going to make it happen.
It was a pleasure and an honor to once again be a part of this great celebration of women entrepreneurs. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day was founded and implemented by Wendy Diamond, after volunteering with the Adelante Foundation, which provides microcredit to low income women, while in Honduras. Upon her return to the US, she decided she wanted to develop something to help this and similar philanthropic causes. The first WED was held on November 19, 2014, and was observed in 144 countries that year.
It was described by Fortune Magazine as “a global movement to celebrate and support female founders and shed light on some of their challenges.” Forbes Magazine wrote that the intention was also “to mobilize a global network of female business owners, entrepreneurs and change makers who support and empower this community of women entrepreneurs and their businesses.” New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio proclaimed Women’s Entrepreneurship Day an official day on November 19.
Thank you Tamika Price, Standout Style Boutique, Frontera Wines donated by Yavon M. Davis, Chicago, the delicious food from Mariano’s donated by Casey Riley, Texas, Julie M. Holloway, JMH Art Studio for the fabulous flyer and the balloons were donated by JoJo Balloons, Chicago. We are excited for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day 2017 and looking forward to celebrating, discussing new and interesting opportunities for women entrepreneurs, and networking with women across the city and globally!