WIE Inspiration Day: Blair Miller and Maris Segal Workshop
Global Fellows Manager, Acumen Fund
CEO, Prosody Creative Services
Inspiration Day features some of the most impressive minds in philanthropy, politics, business, entertainment and media. Whether your goal is to make a real difference to the issues you care about or to get tips from your role models about overcoming the obstacles to success, here’s where you'll get help becoming the very best version of yourself.
WIE Network is a next generation media company that aims to inspire social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational filmed content, large scale forums and innovative social media programs. The company’s properties include the annual women’s conference, The WIE Symposium; WIE Interact, an online social network for women, and a new online reputation service to be announced. Other projects include a feature film about legendary African heroine Yaa Asantewaa; and a documentary that explores the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution around the world.
WIE Network’s principals are television host and political commentator June Sarpong, and branding and entertainment marketing expert, Dee Poku. According to Sarpong and Poku, the WIE Symposium was created as way of uniting women from different backgrounds. The event engages women from the world’s wealthiest nations in the quest to give a voice to those less fortunate than themselves: "As New York based British women of Ghanaian heritage, we consider ourselves to be citizens of world. And as such our mandate is to unite and empower women everywhere. We all share common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have strong families and dynamic careers. And that’s what the WIE Symposium is about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common aspirations."
Blair Miller is Acumen Fund's Talent Manager, a position she assumed in February 2009. Her primary responsibility as Talent Manager is running Acumen Fund's Fellows Program, a program created to develop global leaders with the operational, financial, and management skills to run successful businesses combined with the moral imagination to create lasting social change. Blair’s experience in market-based solutions for development is drawn from both business and policy. She has helped develop a social impact assessment framework for base of the pyramid (BoP) business ventures like VisionSpring and Hindustan Lever's project Shakti, spearheaded youth-centered policies and education programs at the United Nations, and worked on a micro health insurance project with Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship Initiative in India. Blair also worked with CARE in El Salvador to develop the business plan for an investment vehicle aimed at scaling small and medium-sized BoP enterprises. Blair holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Virginia.