Women – Entrepreneurship and Empowerment – Jan 31

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  • January 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a discussion on women’s economic engagement and empowerment. As women’s full participation in global society progresses in fits and starts, economic engagement has become a topic and “economic empowerment” a buzzword.  What actually matters when it comes to women and money? Is there one answer globally or do we need a local lens?

Come hear from women involved in concrete ways with addressing the economic gender gap:

  • Wendee Wolfson has been an angel investor for decades, and is a mentor and leader helping bring other women into the world of investing through Next Wave Impact
  • Ronit Avni is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Localized, connecting students in the Middle East with a mentor network in North America
  • Kate Schecter, currently serving as CEO of World Neighbors, is focused on the empowerment of the world’s poorest women through her work in the nonprofit world


The discussion will be moderated by Arbora Johnson who is an impact investor in female entrepreneurs with Next Wave and Rethink Impact.


Light Lunch will be provided.

Wendee Wolfson has been working with entrepreneurs and investing in entrepreneurial high growth companies for over twenty years. After beginning her career and spending several years in the financial services industry, she was a founding partner of Women’s Growth Capital Fund, a venture fund focused on women entrepreneurs, and of WomenAngels.Net, funding Washington, DC area startups.

Currently she remains actively involved with organized angel investing groups as a lead advisor to the Next Wave Impact Fund, a new fund formed for the purpose of investing in for-profit social enterprises, and its predecessor pilot fund, Rising Tide, both created to educate and engage more women in early stage investing.  She also co-chairs the annual International Exchange for the Angel Capital Association yearly summit, in which early stage investors from over twenty-five countries participate in an exchange of ideas and developments in their regions.


Ronit Avni is a tech and media entrepreneur and Peabody award-winning producer. She is the founder and CEO of Localized, a platform geared at offering virtual career community and access to employers to the 100M students in emerging markets whose schools don’t have alumni networks or career services infrastructure. Localized was a finalist for the 2018 Next Billion Prize at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, overseen by the Editor-at-Large of TechCrunch, and a 2018 Vinetta Finalist in Washington, DC. Ronit was recently named as a “2018 Power Woman in Tech” by DCA Live.

Named a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum in 2009 and a 2018 Halcyon Fellow, Ronit sits on the jury of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100 & Change Competition and the Global Teacher Prize.


Kate Schecter, PhD has been President and CEO of World Neighbors since June 2014.   World Neighbors is a 67-year old international development organization that works with rural isolated communities to help find solutions to permanently lift these communities out of poverty.  Kate is responsible for managing World Neighbors’ programs and operations in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean In her previous position, she worked for the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) for 14 years. As a Senior Program Officer at AIHA, she had responsibility for managing health.



Arbora Johnson is a progressive activist, international business advisor and impact investor. She worked in international business for 20 years, including roles in M&A, business development, policy and strategic planning, mostly for the Japan-based conglomerate ITOCHU. She is an angel investor in women-led impact firms through the venture fund Rethink Impact and the angel network Next Wave Impact.



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