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Julie Weeks

Julie R. Weeks is president and CEO of Womenable, a for-profit social enterprise that works with leaders to better understand and address the barriers impacting the ability of women to start and grow businesses. She was formerly Director of Research at the Center for Women’s Business Research and Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council. She serves on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.
Julie Weeks is the President and CEO of Womenable, a for-profit social enterprise that works to enable women's entrepreneurship worldwide by improving the systems – laws, policies, programs and research-based knowledge – that support women's enterprise creation and growth. Weeks is one of the world's leading experts in the field of women's enterprise development, with experience in both the private and public sectors in the areas of research, public policy and program management. She is an accomplished oral and written communicator, with proven ability to translate data and complex information into clear, concise, and actionable knowledge.

Weeks has over 30 years experience in research, public policy, and communications. For three years, she served as Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council, a federally-funded bipartisan policy advisory body created by the U.S. Congress to serve as an independent voice of women's entrepreneurship and an advisor to the President, U.S. Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on women's entrepreneurship issues. Prior to that position, Weeks spent nine years as the Director of Research and Managing Director of the Center for Women's Business Research, a nonprofit organization that conducts research among women business owners and their enterprises. She has also served as Deputy Chief Counsel for Statistics and Research at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Vice President for Research and Public Policy at two market research firms.

It can be said that Weeks has been personally responsible for much of the extant information on the state of women business owners and their enterprises in the United States. Additionally, she has led, coordinated or consulted on research projects focused on women business owners and their enterprises in nearly two dozen other countries.

Weeks has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Master's degree from that same institution in Political Science with a concentration in research methodology.

In addition to her work leading Womenable, Weeks chairs the board of the Association of Women's Business Centers, serves on the board of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, and is on the editorial advisory boards of Enterprising Women magazine and the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.

New Firm Formation Picking Up in the US, Led by Women


One of lingering negative after effects of the 2007-2009 recession has been sluggish business start-up rates - except, of course, among women-owned businesses. (See our 2015 and 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses reports, underwritten by American Express OPEN.) Now, a recent analysis from the as found that start-up rates are picking up again, and are continuing to be led by women-owned firms.

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New York City Tops New Womenabling Cities Index


A new accounting of the most supportive cities for growth-oriented women entrepreneurs was recently released at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, just ahead of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The WE Cities Index lists the 25 cities globally that provide the most supportive capital, technology, talent, culture and markets for growth-oriented women, a population they refer to as “high potential women entrepreneurs.”

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New Survey: Women are Global Job Creators


Female entrepreneurs are outperforming their male colleagues in job creation internationally. So says a new study just published by EY. The results, based on a survey conducted among 2,673 business owners in 12 economies, are shared in a summary of the EY Global Job Creation survey 2016, entitled “Does disruption drive job creation?” While secondary to the main findings of the report, which are that more entrepreneurs today (59%), compared to one year ago (47%), are planning to increase hiring, and that companies that are more innovative and/or more disruptive are even more bullish on growth, the survey found that:

the women entrepreneurs surveyed expect to increase the size of their workforces by 10.9%, a rate that is 31% higher than that of the men surveyed,women were 10% more likely (43% versus 39%) to say they added more jobs last year than they anticipated, andthe women surveyed were actually 24% more likely than the men surveyed (6.2% compared to 5%) to be running $1B+ enterprises.Fully 40% of those surveyed were women, 30% of respondents have been in business less than five years, and 30% are under 35. For all that, 43% employ more than 250 workers. A fascinating pool of entrepreneurs, and very interesting findings that bode well for the global economy. Read the EY news post HERE to learn more about the study, and to download the free 20-page report.

Be A Mentor

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.

Read the full news release.

 

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