On Friday November 17th, Women’s Entrepreneurship DayOrganization (WEDO) – a global movement celebrated around the world in 144 countries and 1110 colleges/universities to empower women in business to alleviate poverty – was held at the United Nations inNYC, with a special closing reception held at Zirkova House (the brand home for award winning, ultra premium Ukrainian vodka brand Zirkova One+Together), as well as a fun filled wellness & fitness day on Saturday. November 18th in honor of women entrepreneurs in the Health And Fitness world.
WEDO founder and host Wendy Diamond welcomed a distinguished list of honorees, guests, and speakersincluding singer/songwriter and 6-time Grammy Nominee Sara Bareilles, television personality and designer Angela Simmons, jewelry designer Judith Ripka, cosmetics queen Bobbi Brown, renowned television producer Lucy Jarvis, Bollywood star and Best-Selling author Twinkle Khanna, model/writer/socialite Cory Kennedy, model Alina Baikova, Dottie Herman (Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas Elliman), Muna Rihani Al-Nasser (Chairwoman, UN Women For Peace Association), Emmy Award winning Television host/producer and Best-Selling Author Yue-Sai Kan, Loreen Arbus (President/ Founder of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., & The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation), Baroness Verma (EU External Affairs Sub-Committee Chair, Member of The House of Lords), Kathleen Hochul (Lieutenant Governor Of the State Of New York, Founder & Board Member of Kathleen Mary House and Co-Founder Village Action Coalition and Chair Women’s Suffrage Commission), Mikaila Ulmer (12 year-old Founder of Me & The Bees Lemonade, and Successful ABC Shark Tank Contestant), Jesse Draper (Founder Halogen Ventures), Lydia Fenet (Senior Vice President, International Director of Strategic Partnerships & International Head of Benefit Auctioneering for Christies Auction House), Kate Rogers (CNBC Small Business and Entrepreneurship reporter Reporter), Galia Benartzi (Co-Founder Bancor Protocol), Heidi Messer (Co-Founder Collective(i), World Evolved and LinkShare), Sonia Gardner (President & Co-Founder Avenue Capital Group, Co-Founder Amroc Investments, Global Chair of 100 Women in Finance & Board of Trustees Mount Sinai Medical Center). and many more, as various topics – from starting ones own business endeavor as a female in a male dominated industry, to being a female entrepreneur in the business world, and ways in which female entrepreneurs can uplift, empower, challenge, and encourage each other – were discussed.. “Empowering women worldwide and investing in their futures helps to drive and promote economic vitality and security locally and globally,” says Diamond. “Twenty-first century leadership skills, such as cooperation, communication, and sharing are more commonly associated with women. We want to celebrate the unwavering positives that women entrepreneurs bring to the global economy as well as inspire and support future generations of women”. At the closing reception – held at Zirkova House – the honoree’s, speakers, and special guests – joined by others including Untitled Magazine & Untitled Gallery founder & artist Indira Cesarine, Arthur Zeckendorf, Terry Doe, Rick Smilow (President & CEO, Institute Of Culinary Education), Amy Stern (Senior Vice President, 3E Public Relations), Donna D’Cruz, Lee Groeger (Vice President, 3E Public Relations), Cygalle Diaz (Founder, Cygalle Healing Spa), Breanne Butler (Co-Founder, Women’s March), and Mandie Erickson (Owner,
Showroom Seven / Seventh House PR), – mingled & danced to an eclectic musical playlist from Brent Williams (DJ Bmajr), and enjoyed a spread of locally-grown baby green salads from AeroFarms (the largest and most innovative vertical farm in the world, based in New Jersey).
Attendees also enjoyed delicious food from various notable and up-and-coming female food entrepreneurs – including Amy’s Bread, La Quercia, D’artetagnan, Meringueshop, Oliviers & Co, Eleni’s New York, The
White Moustache, Sweet Loren’s, Blue Plate & Co, Elisa’s Love Bites, Slawsa, Goodie Girl Cookies, Bittersweet NYC, Janie Bakes, Local Roots NYC, Antidote Chocolate, Stack Happy Sweets, Sky Vegetables,
The Regal Vegan, Cocktail & Sons – and were treated to a surprise impromptu solo performance from dancer /choreographer Princess Lockerooo, whilst sipping WEDO inspired cocktails from Zirkova One+Together,
and wine from Joseph Carr Wines & Fleurs de Prairie.
The festivities continued the following Saturday for WEDO’s first ever “Women’s Health & Fitness Day”, celebrating the hard-working female body with a fun-filled day of fitness classes, educational talks, and
experiences provided by female small business owners. Organized by chairwoman, Alessa Caridi, the day – which was hosted by Athleta 5th Avenue and transformed into a venerable market providing massages,
cryotherapy treatments, tea tastings, and essential oils and digestive health information – kicked off with an inspirational yoga class by the 92 year old instructor and Guinness world record holder Tao Porchon-Lynch.
Other activities included a special Q&A panel of physicians answering health questions (with lunch provided by Greenpear Catering), a Power Posture talk to increase productivity in the workplace & beyond (provided by
JōbuFIT), and a variety of fun and uplifting fitness classes.
Special Thanks: Zirkova One+Together & Zrkova House, Joseph Carr Wines, Seventh House PR, AeroFarms, 3E Public Relations, New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, Alina Zolotareva, SGW Integrated Marketing
Communication, Chef Abbie Gellman, Deutsch Family Wines & Spirits, Paula Lukas
About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day:
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) will be celebrated globally on November 19th, 2017, and is the world’s largest grassroots movement and mission dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women
worldwide. WED encourages four billion women worldwide to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, with the goal of bringing hope alleviating poverty.
WED will launch the #ChooseWOMEN initiative on November 29th, 2017, a global social media initiative inspiring women and men to pledge their support to women in business.
About Wendy Diamond
Diamond is a social entrepreneur, humanitarian, founder of Animal Fair Media and an Ellis Island Honor Society recipient. She was inspired to launch WED in 2013 after volunteering in Honduras with the Adelante Foundation, an organization that provides microcredit to locally impoverished women. Recognizing the fact that women perform 66% of the world’s work, yet only earn 10% of the world’s income and at the same time, women
account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending, Diamond was inspired to create a simplified movement in the world to empower women in business