WHO WE ARE
Empower a Woman, Uplift a Community
Women Enabled Enterprises strives to help low income women of color artisans in African countries grow their craft business for self-sufficiency through a virtual, mobile-phone based, retail entrepreneurship skills building program, access to international markets through our USA online marketplace (ShopConsciously), micro-funding from VC impact investors and ongoing alumni support.
Access to a cohesive set of resources launching an idea to a healthy business or a challenged business to thriving!
12 WEEK BUSINESS BASICS TRAINING
These 2 hour workshops once per week give our participants the basic skills to manage their businesses to profitability whether they come with an idea or an existing business. This program is unique because we believe in addressing the whole woman, working through challenges South African women face including those that are emotional and social in nature. Main topics include Idea formulation, Readiness, Market Analysis, Operational Skills and Financial Planning.
Meet the team
South African, California based entrepreneur with a 10-year career in E-commerce analytics, Sales and Non-Profits.
A marketing professional with an interest in digital marketing and it's role in creating sustainable small businesses.
“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”
OUR AMAZING PARTNERS
ENABLE US TO GIVE MORE
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Jen Cohen makes technology work for business. For more than 20 years, she has helped companies adopt technology and operations solutions that drive meaningful business results: rebooting inefficient operations teams, refactoring and modernizing platforms, establishing world-class best practices, and streamlining processes to optimize performance.
Jen is committed to coaching and mentoring women in tech, and she maintains relationships with former direct reports and colleagues even years after they’ve worked together.
CEO | CTO | former CIO | Board member
Bridgette L. Smith
CEO Christian | Executive @Google | Founder | Investor | Speaker/Host
Bridgette L. Smith is a Senior Executive at Google. Her career journey started in front of and behind the news camera as a Television Talk Show Host, On-Air Commentator and Executive Producer in her 20s, when she received more than 100 television and leadership awards including six back-to-back Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media and a Silver World Medal from the New York Film & Television Festival. She later founded a Public Relations & Marketing startup representing big brands like General Electric, Toyota and McDonald’s and landed on the cover of the inaugural edition of Who's Who in Black Milwaukee.
Her journey into tech and management consulting started years later, when she went from being a Tech Writer to becoming an inspirational Tech Executive managing global organizations, influencing strategy and cross functional alignment, producing multi-year product roadmaps, partnering with engineering leaders on product design and development, driving innovation, leading SaaS GTM campaigns and leading operational excellence and business transformation for multiple fortune 100 companies in tech, retail, travel, pharma, finance, insurance and manufacturing.
In addition to her current role at Google, Bridgette is very active in advising and investing in early-stage startups founded by Black, Latinx, women or LGBTQ+ Founders and is an Independent Board Director with Women Enabled Enterprises.Her educational background includes being a scholar at both Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management,Executive Education and as well as earning a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.Mrs. Smith currently resides in Silicon Valley, California with her family.
Co-Founder, Ampersand Education Co
Melissa Camilleri is the Principal and Co-Founder of Ampersand Education Co, an agency that helps thought leaders, authors, and industry experts amplify their impact and income through online educational programs and courses. Through her work as an educational director and consultant, she has helped her clients generate over $29 million in revenue in the last 4 years alone.
An expert in adult learning, facilitation, and engagement, Melissa has been an educator for 19 years, beginning in the high school English and AVID classrooms. She has spent the last 15 years as an international trainer and has taught tens of thousands of people around the world— in person and online— how to engage, motivate, self-reflect, and maximize their own effectiveness in the education and business sectors. Melissa has started and grown three different businesses— a widely successful e-commerce gift brand, a health and wellness brand, and her agency. She is passionate about women’s health and wealth. She is the mom to two young boys and is married to the love of her life, Nick. She lives and loves in Sacramento, California.
Corporate Professional| Mother| Author| Speaker| Founder of Indima Yam
Lindelwa has over a decade of work experience in the private sector in South Africa, having started working in the telecommunications industry, a small black female owned management consulting firm specialising in policy and regulation and then the financial services sector. As a brand, marketing and communications specialist, within financial services, Lindelwa has moved around in retail product marketing, corporate affairs and digital & data analytics.
A 2019 Mail&Guardian Top200 Youth achievement recipient, Lindelwa holds a Master’s degree in ICT4Development from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree (Vega Brand Leadership School in Brand Leadership, Johannesburg) & Management and a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Organisational Psychology and Industrial Sociology (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and numerous marketing & digital marketing certificates from GIBS, University of Stellenbosch and UCTs getsmarter online learning platform. Lindelwa is also the author of a debut book called The Black Girl's Guide to Corporate South Africa and recently became a first time mother as well.
Senior Vice President|Co Founder, The Philippi Munro Team
Ana Munro, Senior Vice President, is the co-founder of The Philippi Munro Team. She values diverse perspectives and is a champion of women’s leadership and empowerment. Following her passion, she has earned a seat on the Board of Directors at Women Enabled Enterprises, and is a founding member at Chief, a private organization for women executive leaders.
Ana has earned a B.S. degree in Finance, graduating summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. with concentration in Finance from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is also a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional, adhering to one of the financial industry’s most stringent codes of ethics.
Rebecca LanierVice President, Global Operations at SubjectWell | CHIEF Member | Women Enabled Enterprises Board Member | U-VOL Foundation Board Member
As a purpose-driven leader, Rebecca is passionate about helping pave the way forward for women. Through her professional leadership roles and community involvement, she is constantly motivated to find opportunities to empower women and lift up new and rising voices.
With a global track record of delivering results by navigating rapid change, building innovative programs, and working with cross-functional stakeholders, Rebecca’s background spans leadership roles in both operations and human resources. She is currently the Vice President of Global Operations at SubjectWell, a tech-forward clinical trial marketplace for patient recruitment.
Rebecca is incredibly proud to serve on the boards of Women Enabled Enterprises and U-VOL. She is also a member of Chief, a network designed to connect and amplify the work of executive women.
Renata Lima Lerch, A-CSM, CSPO, CAL Sr. Vice-President Global Marketing, Communications and Business Growth | Board Member | Agile, Design Thinking, PM | Leadership Coach and Mentor | Global Operations | Published Author on Agile Marketing Leadership
I'm a highly energetic executive with international experience in Fortune 500, startups and associations environments. Driven by competitive and entrepreneurial spirit to develop and execute strategic B2B and B2C initiatives that result in ROI and revenue growth, increasing customer and member acquisition and retention. Experienced and certified in advanced Agile, Design Thinking, Project Management and Lean frameworks. Work closely with strategic partners, shareholders, board members, government and C-suite, translating reliable data analytics to produce actionable results.
Leader and mentor, managing up to 50 direct reports and cross-functional teams globally. Fluent in English and Portuguese. Proficient in Spanish. Public speaker and published author in Global Marketing, Market Development and Agile.
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