The Case for
    Women’s Enterprise:
Observations and Recommendations



           Julie R. Weeks
          President & C...
Growing Evidence & Organisations
Growing Evidence & Organisations:
    The Need for Connection
Three Observations

      ‣Building blocks do
       not a building make

      ‣If you build it they
       may not all c...
Building Momentum Takes Time
                                     Consider the Example of US WBCs
                        ...
From “One Size Fits All” to
   “All are Welcome”
Building the Ecosystem:
    Many Hands Make Light Work
                                               Private sector partn...
“Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it’s the only thing that
e...
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Womenable President and CEO Julie R. Weeks speaks to a meeting of public and private sector leaders in women's enterprise in the United Kingdom, convened by the Women's Enterprise Centre of Expertise in the West Midlands. Birmingham, England, 1 December 2009.

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  • Sorry for the low quality audio, but this is a presentation I made recently in Birmingham, England on the occasion of the conclusion of a 2-year program in the West Midlands, a Women's Enterprise Centre of Expertise.
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  • Honored to be asked to be with you this morning to help celebrate the Jacksonville Biz Journal’s
    2008 Women of Influence Awards –

    An impressive group of 22 women
    In finance and the law
    In technology and the environment
    And women helping to improve the lives of the area’s YOUTH, your OLDER residents, and people in need
     
    A diverse group of women with a common characteristic:
     
    Women who have looked beyond themselves to make a difference in their communities
  • What I’d like to do with you this am is shed light on where WE movement has been, where it is now, and where I think it could be going

    Three distinct phases of the movement
    First wave: from founding of the country until 1970’s and 1980’s
    Second wave: from 1988 to today
    Third wave: just getting started
  • Womenable: The Case for Women's Enterprise

    1. 1. The Case for Women’s Enterprise: Observations and Recommendations Julie R. Weeks President & CEO Womenable
    2. 2. Growing Evidence & Organisations
    3. 3. Growing Evidence & Organisations: The Need for Connection
    4. 4. Three Observations ‣Building blocks do not a building make ‣If you build it they may not all come ‣Many hands can make light work
    5. 5. Building Momentum Takes Time Consider the Example of US WBCs 160,000 160 # of Clients Annually Number of WBCs 120,000 120 80,000 80 40,000 40 ?? ?? 0 0 1989 91 93 95 97 99 2001 03 05 07 2009 Number of WBCs Year # of clients served Data courtesy of US SBA
    6. 6. From “One Size Fits All” to “All are Welcome”
    7. 7. Building the Ecosystem: Many Hands Make Light Work Private sector partners: corporations, educators, Public sector civil society policies and programmes Foundation: Fact-based information to provide knowledge, support action, Women business owners cement partnerships & their associations
    8. 8. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

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