Inspiration for women entrepreneurs
Mary Kay Inc has launched a multi-partner initiative designed to inspire, educate and empower women entrepreneurs around the world.
Called the Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, it will offer a guided digital curriculum supplemented by on-the-ground training and mentorship. In addition, it will serve as an advocacy platform to eliminate entrepreneurial roadblocks for women, ranging from digital literacy to legal reform.
The accelerator will also support global efforts to encourage businesses to establish and expand relationships with women-owned businesses, including corporate procurement. Future expansions of the program will include funding opportunities accessible to women who complete the curriculum.
The initiative is a strategic collaboration developed in consultation with six United Nations agencies including UN Women, United Nations Office for Partnerships and International Labor Organization.
“Mary Kay has empowered women through entrepreneurship and supported their aspirations for financial security and independence for more than 56 years,” said Deborah Gibbins, the organization's CEO.
“Private and public-sector organizations must work together to ensure all women entrepreneurs have access to the tools and education they need to make their dreams of financial independence a reality, lifting up their families and communities,” she said.