Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Initiative
Celebrating and Inspiring the Next Generation of Young Enterprising Women

The Enterprising Women Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the growth of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States and around the globe.

The EWF has embarked on a major initiative to connect high school girls with outstanding women entrepreneurs in their communities to educate, inspire, and mentor them on entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities.

The Foundation has a five-year goal to host mentorship events in 100 U.S. cities over the next five years.

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Help us reach our goal to send young women to the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference to attend workshops, participate in leadership training, and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by some of the finest women entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the globe


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Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Initiative

Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Initiative Celebrating and Inspiring the Next Generation of Young Enterprising Women

The Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Program provides high school girls with an opportunity to meet and connect with outstanding women entrepreneurs in their community at a local event—a breakfast, lunch or afternoon forum—designed to recognize their leadership potential, inspire them to dream big, and focus on the next steps to realize their potential as entrepreneurs or leaders in STEM-based fields and other industries.

Enterprising Women is a partner in the Million Women Mentors Project and has committed to bringing a focus on opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to high school girls who may not have role models or mentors. Over the next 20 years, STEM-based industries will lead the way and participation among girls is still lagging in technology, engineering, and related fields. With its strong network of successful women entrepreneurs, Enterprising Women is uniquely positioned to connect outstanding women entrepreneurial leaders with high school girls, many of whom will be the first generation in their families to attend college or may be from at-risk communities where mentoring options are limited or not available.

In communities where mentorship programs do exist, the Enterprising Women Foundation Program will provide existing mentoring programs for high school young women with a unique resource to enhance their programming. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from highly successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders from a wide range of industries—many from STEM-based fields.

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Enterprising Women Magazine Recognizes The World's Foremost Businesswomen For Their Leadership, Mentorship And Community Involvement

RALEIGH, N.C., May, 2015 – Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, recognized Dr. Patricia Greene, Dr. Marsha Firestone, Kathryn Homeyer, Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, Tukwini Mandela and Nely Galån as special honorees during the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, an annial tribute the the world's top women entrepreneurs, from March 29 to 31 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Greene is the 2015 Enterprising Women Hall of Fame inductee. She holds the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she formerly served as provost from 2006 to 2008 and dean of the Undergraduate School from 2003 to 2006. Her current assignment at Babson is as the academic director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and 10,000 Women initiative. Greene is the founding member of the Diana Project, a research group focusing on women entrepreneurs, a federal appointee to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Development Centers, and the co-owner of Artworks, a specialty home goods store in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Firestone is a recipient of the 2015 Enterprising Women Legacy Award. She is president and founder of the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), with a mission to serve as a peer advisory group for women who own multi-million dollar businesses. Today WPO has 1,800 members in 120 global chapters including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, North Africa, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Firestone also founded the Women Presidents' Educational Organization, which is dedicated to increasing access to business opportunities for women's business enterprises. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is an original member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.

Homeyer is a recipient of the 2015 Enterprising Women Legacy Award. She is director for the UPS Supplier Diversity Program, where she manages internal and external programs designed to increase representation of small, minority- and women-owned businesses in UPS's supplier network. Homeyer is also involved with Corporate Procurement Commodities purchasing opportunites. Retiring from her UPS post in June, she has been a longtime member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and strong advocate for the publication. She is actively involved in the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Makaziwe Mandela, CEO of House of Mandela, and her daughter Tukwini, director of marketing, were recipients of the Legacy Award for their company, a winery they founded in South Africa to honor the legacy of late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The eldest daughter and granddaughter of the famed leader,,the mother-daughter team are leading one of the few South African women-owned wineries, incorporating the values and mission of the Mandela name into the company.

Galån is the recipient of the 2015 Enterprising Women Advocacy Award. Serving as the president of Telemundo, Galån was the first Latina president of a United States television network and the first Latina to appear on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Donald Trump. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the reality series "The Swan". Galån is the founder of the Adelante Movement, which means "Move Forward!", to build a grassroot movement that empowers Latinas financially and through entrepreneurship across the country. Adelante encourages Latinas to play a key role in American society, economics and politics.

"We are honored to induct Patti Greene into our Hall of Fame, and recognize our Legacy Award and Advocacy Award winners for the important work they are doing to advance women's entrepreneurship and create a lasting legacy in the women's business community," said Smiley. "This annual celebration is a perfect opportunity for us to honor such leaders and encourage women to share their own best practices, successes and opportunities."

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The Ritz-Carlton room block is sold out for regular guest rooms, with only suites available. If you are interested in a suite, please call 1-800-542-8680.


We have reserved a second room block at the Mayfair Hotel and Spa, two blocks from the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove at a discounted rate of $289 per night. Please call 305 -441-0000, ext. 3570, or 1-800-433-4555 or email: roomreserve@mayfairhotelandspa.com and request the Enterprising Women group rate. Thank you!

The last day for a refund for the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards event is February 7, 2016. No refunds will be allowed after that date.

2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Honorable Mention

• Hima Kolanagireddy, ASCII Group, LLC, Farmington, Mic.
• Catherine M. Tojaga, CT Mechanical, Lombard, Ill.
• Simona Faroni, G.S. Gelato and Desserts, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
• Juliet Shrader, iVantage Group, Brighton, Mic.
• Loni Mouton, Access Land & Title Services, Inc., Metairie, La.
• Christine Lotze, Philosophy IB, LLP, Florham Park, N.J.
• Deborah Wooldridge, DW Training and Development, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif.
• Debbie Drury, Market Doctors, Dickinson, TX
• Rashi A. Khosla, MARS IT Corp., Wauwatosa, WI
• Danielle Hughes, Divine Capital Markets LLC, New York, N.Y.
• Megan Buzzetta, Global Planners, Inc., Hamilton, N.J.
• Joaneane A. Smith, Global Commerce and Services, LLC, Harvey, La.
• Barbara Wichmann, ARTEMIA Communications, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
• Christy Lamagna, Strategic Meetings & Events, Bernardsville, N.J.
• Robin Franks, TGE Resources, Inc., Houston, TX
• Cindi Shelby, R Meyers, Nichols Hills, Okla.
• Shari Yocum, Tasman Consulting, LLC, San Francisco, Calif.
• Connie Golleher, The Golleher Group, LLC, McLean, Va.
• Twyla N. Garrett, IME, Washington, DC
• Vandana Mehrotra, Meteonic Innovation Pvt Ltd., Bangalore, India
• Susan Munro, Hybrid Edit, Marina del Rey, Calif.
• Stacy Francis, Francis Financial, New York, N.Y.
• Patricia Vice, CRM, FAI, CRM & Associates, Inc., Houston, TX
• Sassa Akervall, Akervall Technologies Inc., Saline, Mich.
• Julianne Erhart-Graves, Worley Erhart-Graves Financial Advisors, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
• Sandy Wyman, Tidestone Solutions, Portland, ME
• Shelly Aberson, Aberson Narotzky & White, Inc., Kenilworth, N.J.
• Joyce Brocaglia, Alta Associates and the Executive Women's Forum, Flemington, N.J.
• Hilary Kaye, HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications, Tustin, Calif.
• Lisa Fairclough, Fairclough Realtors and Property Managers (Lisa Fairclough Enterprises), Sparta, N.J.
• Johnette Van Eeden, Star Wellness, Euless, TX
• Andrea Mason, barre3, Oklahoma City, Okla.
• Carrie Brewer Martinez, CM Productions, Inc., Dallas, TX
• Karin Caro, BluChip Marketing, Smithtown, N.Y.
• Carrie Rich, The Global Good Fund, Arlington, Va.
• Heather Howell, Rooibee Red Tea, Louisville, Ky.
• Madeline Ann Lewis, PhD, Executive Women's Success Institute, Upper Marlboro, Md.
• Heather Anne Sams, HAS Art Solutions, Jacksonville, Fla.
• Natasha Pongonis, Nativa, a Multicultural Communications Agency, Columbus, OH
• Sharon W. Reynolds, DevMar Products, LLC, Nashville, Tenn.
• Kristin Carrington, Carrington Risk Consulting, LLC, Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.
• Susan McCormick, M.S., The Wellness Connection, LLC, Stone Ridge, Va.
• Della Simpson, Relan, Mendota Heights, Minn.
• Memuna Williams, Avantgarde Translations, Charlotte, N.C.
• Jacqueline E. Muller, 3DOM (Asia Pacific) Ltd., Hong Kong
• Moni Singh, STEM For Kids, Raleigh, N.C.

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Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.

The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

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