Panel discussion: Cross-Border Mentoring to Level the Playing Field

A panel discussion from the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business summit, exploring and challenging the gender stereotypes holding women entrepreneurs back from success and equality. Because we won’t wait 250+ years for women to have economic equality.

Because we won’t wait 250+ years for women to have economic equality.


Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business (9 to 19 November 2021) sought to galvanise urgent action to tackle gender stereotypes, with an incredible line-up of celebrated women entrepreneurs, high profile thought leaders on women’s economic empowerment, policymakers, academics, activists. Together, the Foundation, speakers and attendees are united by a common refusal to wait the 250+ years it is currently predicted to take for women to have economic equality with men.

Day one—”We won’t wait for equality: ending the stereotypes blocking women entrepreneurs”—featured a panel with Van Dang, Founder and CEO of Savvycom and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women alumna, Kenrick Fraser, Global Employee Volunteerism and Engagement Lead, Social Innovation at PayPal, Zara Jeffery, Global Director, Social Impact Partnerships and Programmes at Marsh McLennan, and Justin Kwan Program Manager, APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership at Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. In a discussion moderated by the Foundation’s Programme Manager for Mentoring Intakes Efe Olokpa, they explored how virtual volunteering can help break down barriers for women entrepreneurs through mentoring.

Together, these sessions and the Foundation’s research report on the impact of gender stereotypes on women entrepreneurs set out the clear case for eradicating the gender gap in entrepreneurship and supporting women entrepreneurs, as well as identifying strong calls to action for different stakeholders at every level.