NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED), an initiative to celebrate, support and empower women in business to alleviate poverty, will launch #ChooseWOMEN Wednesday on November 30th with a new online directory portal, ChooseWomen.org, to support WED's global campaign.
The new site will allow consumers to shop from over 70 top retailers who have joined WED including, Bobbi Brown, Spanx, Lilly Pulitzer, Coach, ASOS, Cynthia Rowley, Lulus, The Limited and Folica. With every sale generated through ChooseWomen.org, a percentage will fund essential microloans for impoverished women around the world to start their own businesses.
"Launching ChooseWomen.org along with #ChooseWOMEN Wednesday gives us another platform to continue our mission of investing in women's futures by empowering them financially," said Wendy Diamond, founder of WED. "In the spirit of Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday, we have dedicated the Wednesday after Thanksgiving the day to support women in business. There are no extra charges and no hidden fees when shopping through ChooseWomen.org. You shop, she thrives! We are thrilled with the amazing retail partners that have joined us this first year to support women in business."
3rd Annual Global Women's Entrepreneurship Day To kick off the inaugural celebration of #ChooseWOMEN Wednesday and inspire others to support the movement, WED will host its third annual WED event at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, November 18th. The event is celebrated in 144 countries and is the world's largest culmination of successful women entrepreneurs, women and millennial innovators and job creators launching startups. The attending women play a significant role in improving the global economy and inspiring and supporting future generations of women entrepreneurs.
Many notable women entrepreneurs and influencers will also take part, speaking on various panels throughout the day, including television chef and author, Sandra Lee; business woman and author, Randi Zuckerberg; HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia; ABC Business News Anchor Rebecca Jarvis; HSN, Inc. CEO, Mindy Grossman; business woman and supermodel, Khoudia Diop; Dylan's Candy Bar Founder Dylan Lauren; fashion icon and interior designer, Iris Apfel; Birchbox co-founder, Katia Beauchamp; and many more.
Key corporate sponsors that are supporting the success of the WED event at the UN include BNP Paribas and Bank of the West.
WED ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. Diamond started WED to alleviate poverty by empowering, celebrating and supporting women in business worldwide. The WED event will be celebrated in 144 countries and 111 top universities and colleges internationally, with the mission to empower and support the four billion women across the globe to be catalysts of change and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, while uplifting the 250 million girls worldwide who live in poverty.
Wendy Diamond, Founder of WED Diamond is a social entrepreneur, humanitarian, founder of Animal Fair Media and an Ellis Island Medal of Honor 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 to alleviate poverty.