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About the Initiative

Starting from the strength of the highly successful Africa Atlanta 2014, the Ivan Allen College Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (GWEI) is developing an impactful program that will create a platform for collaboration and innovation by fostering and highlighting the connectivity and developing the entrepreneurial and business skills of women in Atlanta and internationally, the 2015 Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Institute, that will take place in Atlanta, Georgia November 1-4, 2015. The GWEI Institute has partnered with leading local and international governmental and private to select and connect African and Atlanta-based women entrepreneurs working in the industries of agribusiness, technology, manufacturing, and media/entertainment at an intense, high-level training session to develop their business skills, improve their international contacts, and facilitate their access to global markets through exposure, networking, and knowledge sharing.

The entrepreneurship and leadership development program is geared towards a select group of high functioning women entrepreneurs in need of mentorship, technical support and coaching to significantly improve their skills as an entrepreneur, excel in their industry, and establish significant international contacts and exposure. The program will leverage technology to facilitate business development and connectivity for participants via exposure to and implementation of products and platforms that will foster interactions and transactions within and across continents.

Program Features

The 2015 IAC Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Institute is designed as a global women’s entrepreneurship development experience that will

  • Provide peer to peer and mentor parings connecting women business leaders from Africa and Atlanta
  • Feature knowledge sharing and sustainable learning experiences enhanced by mobile and web technology
  • Create experiential learning and training with commitments from participants to take best practices and solutions back to their businesses and communities

Activities associated with the Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Pilot Program will include: rigorous and focused workshops and training sessions, high level mentor pairings and peer collaborations, experiential visits to local (and international) corporate partner and Atlanta-based entrepreneur operations, technology-centered and assisted trainings (demos) and meetings, and virtual and in-person follow up meetings.


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Advisory Board

Matilda Arhin, President – Ghana International Chamber of Commerce

Carnellia Ajasin, Innovation Strategist, Speaker CEO –Mind Katalyst

Laurie Baird, Executive in Residence, Media and Entertainment – Georgia Tech, Institute for People and Technology

Freda Brazle, Founder – Zambians Promoting Leadership in America (ZLA)

Saidah Nash Carter, Head of Africa Innovation – Thompson Reuters

Rebecca Collet – Owner, VibeRide

Pamela Fann, Corporate External Affairs– Coca-Cola Company

Tumi Frazier, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur

Demmie Hicks, ‎President, Executive Coach and Strategist – DBH Consulting

Adrienne Johnson, CEO – Infinity Global Connections

Twyla Johnson, Principal – Network Design Engineer, AT&T

Betty Londergan, Writer, Author, Blogger; First Lady – Oglethorpe University

Brenda Morant, Director – International Women’s Think Tank

Erika Norwood, Executive Director – IDEX Accelerator & Global Fellows Program

Cathy Ramos, Global Community Affairs Expert

Jina Sanone, Managing Director, Alliance Partner Development, Delta

Jennifer Sherer, Ph.D., Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Metro Atlanta Chamber

Theia Washington Smith, Executive Director – City of Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative

Stacey Speller – International Women’s Empowerment Expert

Sandy Welfare, Executive Director – Women in Technology



2015 GWEI Institute Sponsors


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Ms. Audra Cunningham & Mr. Oz Hill

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2015 GWEI Partners

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