Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business: the global Summit
For the Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business Summit in November 2021, we explored and challenged the gender stereotypes holding women entrepreneurs back from success and equality.
Because we won’t wait 250+ years for women to have economic equality.
Our world-leading Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business virtual summit (9 – 19 Nov 2021) brought together Cherie Blair CBE KC (watch here), Hillary Rodham Clinton (watch here), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Hon. Julia Gillard AC, Google, World Bank, DHL, Qualcomm, PayPal, IFC, the Coca-Cola Company and many more incredible companies, institutions, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and activists. Together, the Foundation, speakers and attendees are united by our refusal to wait the 268 years it is currently predicted to take for women to have economic equality with men.
Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business was for business leaders, policymakers, economic empowerment practitioners, women entrepreneurs themselves and others interested in advancing women’s entrepreneurship across the world.
The summit offered inspiring keynote speeches, informative presentations, panel discussions, networking, and development opportunities for women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries, as well as the release of the Foundation’s important new research report on how gender stereotypes affect women’s journeys to entrepreneurship.
The summit’s four days explored the following themes:
- Day 1 – Tuesday, 9 November: We Won’t Wait for Equality: Ending the stereotypes blocking women entrepreneurs
- Day 2 – Thursday, 11 November: Inclusive Supply Chains: Creating equal opportunities for women in supply chains
- Day 3 – Tuesday, 16 November: Digital Futures: Women entrepreneurs won’t be left behind by tech
- Day 4 – Friday, 19 November: Unlocking the Next Generation: Driving change for young women entrepreneurs through finance and the media
Together, we set out the clear case for eradicating the gender gap in entrepreneurship and supporting women entrepreneurs, identifying strong calls to action for different stakeholders at every level.
You can download the full programme here and watch recordings of each session below.
|Keynote speech: Ending the Stereotypes: Mapping the Way to Success and Equality|
Cherie Blair CBE QC, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
|In conversation: Breaking Glass Ceilings|
|Panel discussion: Tearing Down the Gender Stereotypes in Entrepreneurship|
|Panel discussion: Cross-Border Mentoring to Level the Playing Field|
|Power talk: Dare to Try: The Transformative Power of Entrepreneurship|
Shirin Behzadi, CEO, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Board Director
|In conversation: Life and Leadership|
|Keynote speech: Ending the Stereotypes: Are Women-Owned Businesses Getting Cheated in Procurement Post-COVID?|
Linda Scott, author, Double X Economy
|Panel discussion: Equality in Supply|
|Presentation: Road to Growth|
Hayley Matthews, Senior Partnerships Manager – Trusts and Foundations, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Elizabeth Wells, Acting Head of Women’s Entrepreneurship, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
|Masterclass: The Role of SMEs in Promoting the SDGs|
UN Global Compact
|Power talk: Navigating crossroads: Building Personal Resilience as a Woman Entrepreneur|
Beatriz Gasca Acevedo, Human Resources and Social Responsibility Expert, and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Global Campaign Board Chair (Latin America)
|Power talk: Bias in Value Chains|
|Keynote speech: Digitalization: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs to Participate More Equitably in Markets|
Rebecca Enonchong, Founder and CEO, AppsTech
|Keynote speech: Paving the Way for Women to Overcome the Gender Gap in Technology|
|Panel discussion: Development of Women-Led MSMEs for the Digital Economy|
|Masterclass: E-Commerce: Get Started|
|Masterclass: E-Commerce: Power Up Your Potential|
|Keynote speech: Unlocking the Power of Young Women Entrepreneurs|
|Power talk: On Women Entrepreneurs and the Impact of Gender Stereotypes|
|Panel discussion: Driving Equal Access to Finance for Young Women Entrepreneurs|
|Panel discussion: The Media Taking a Lead|
|Masterclass: Taking the Leap: Breaking Through Barriers as a Young Woman Entrepreneur|
Fadé Ogunro, Founder and CEO, Bookings Africa, and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Global Campaign Board Chair (Africa)
Made possible by...
The Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business summit was sponsored by Bank of America, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Google and Sail Creative.