WIE Inspiration Day: Women Internet Entrepreneurs - Is There a Women's Ghetto?
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Founder of Daily Candy
Co-founder, Texts From Last Night
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."
Gina Bianchini is the founder and CEO of Mightybell, a new social platform for people who favor actions over words. Mightybell provides a simple way for creators and instigators to define and share with others an organized series of step-by-step, day-by-day actions grouped together as "experiences" that can be completed by anyone in the world.
In 2004, Gina Bianchini founded Ning, the first (and largest) social platform for the world's organizers, activists, and influencers to create unique, highly flexible social networks in 30 seconds for free. She led Ning as CEO from its inception to March 2010 as an exponentially growing top 100 global website and, during her tenure, one of the most valuable start-ups in Silicon Valley with 300,000 monthly active Ning Networks, 46 million registered users and 90 million visitors a month, adding 1 million new registered users every 14 days.
She has been featured in Fast Company, Vanity Fair, Fortune Magazine's “40 under 40,” Huffington Post's 10 technology "Ultimate Game Changers," and San Francisco's 7x7 magazine's "Hot 20" list, as well as Wired, The New York Times, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. She has also appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN.
Lauren Leto is co-founder of Texts From Last Night.