Rana Shanawani, Executive Director of Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship (WCEC) has joined Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN as a Global Ambassador to advocate for women entrepreneurs and to help advance a global movement that empowers women and girls to become active participants in the economy as leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Rana joins a network of high profile female leaders celebrated in 144 countries and 110 universities, including Judith Heumann (Star of Crip Camp/Netflix, Disability Advocate), Ita Ekpoudom (Partner Gingerbread Capital), Dottie Herman (Chairwoman/Founder Douglass Elliman), Wendy Diamond (CEO/Founder LDP Ventures/WEDO), Jenny Abramson (Founder Rethink Impact), H.E. Pennelope Beckles (Executive Board Chair UN Women & United Nations
Ambassador Trinidad and Tobago), Satya Tripathi (Asst. Secretary General UNEP/United Nations Environment Program), Dawn Dickson (CEO POPCON), Shannon Dellimore (CEO & Co-Founder GLAMGLOW), and many
more.

“We are thrilled that the WCEC has partnered with WEDO, joining a global network of like-minded industry influencers that harness the power of female leadership,” says Executive Director, Rana Shanawani. “As a go-to resource for small businesses and women entrepreneurs impacted by Covid-19, it is success stories like our client JaLeena Anthony, Founder of Create that Party that makes our work so rewarding. JaLeena was able to take advantage of the tools and
training we provide to pivot and thrive during this difficult time.”

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WCEC Board President, Alyce Hackett adds “As a designated Women’s Business Center and SBA resource partner, the WCEC is proud to support Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and to celebrate women business owners as the backbone of a successful economy. With the negative impact of the pandemic on small businesses, now more than ever, we need to elevate the power and skill of women entrepreneurs.”

The annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Summit will take place virtually this year and the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship will join NASDAQ, Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, Google For Startups, MIT Innovation Labs,WEGATE - European Union, Girl Scouts, Romanian National Confederation for Female Entrepreneurship and many more to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) as partners.

About Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship

The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship is a not for profit organization and designated Women’s Business Center, funded in part by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The WCEC’s mission is to help women entrepreneurs become successful business owners. WCEC works with women and minority-owned businesses from the start up stage to existing small businesses looking to scale up by providing educational resources, business counseling, career training, technical assistance and COVID-19 loan and grant assistance.

For more information on WCEC, go to https://www.wcecnj.org/

About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN is a 501c3 all-volunteer grassroots movement that works throughout the year in support of women in business globally. WEDO ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. WEDO is celebrated in 144 countries, 65 universities and colleges internationally, and the United Nations. The WEDO mission is to empower the four billion women worldwide to be catalysts for change and uplift over 250 million girls living in poverty worldwide. When women are elevated financially, families, communities, states, and countries prosper. This builds a global blueprint that will alleviate and eradicate poverty.