How WBENC is Celebrating Black History Month
This Black History Month, WBENC is celebrating and recognizing the numerous and unique contributions made by black female pioneers who have changed the world. We are also taking time to reaffirm our commitment to our black Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) who are following their passions to build generational wealth for their families and communities.
Throughout our nation’s history, there have been black women trailblazers who have caused profound impact and historic change. Trailblazing heroes like Madam C.J. Walker, the first recorded female self-made millionaire in the United States, Phillis Wheatley, the first published black female poet, and athlete Wilma Rudolph who overcame polio, racism, and sexism to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. These women and countless other black women broke barriers and succeeded against all odds to open opportunities and make way for the generations of women that follow them.
We honor WBEs who stand on the shoulders of black female pioneers and continue to pave new paths for the new generation of female leaders.
We celebrate WBEs like Dr. Dana D. Wells, CEO and Principal of Dana Wells and Associates who is a trusted advisor to energy industry leaders in corporations disrupted by digital transformation, and Ashley Martin, a published author, and CEO of Leadership Lady with a mission to help others become the best versions of themselves through education. We also recognize engineer, black belt, working mom of four, and CEO of We Optimize Work, Domonique Townsend, whose goal is to support working moms in their personal aspirations without downshifting in their careers.
With the support of WBENC programs and initiatives like the Energy Executive Program, NextGen, WBENCPitch, and the Women of Color (WOC) Program, these WBEs continue to excel in their fields while creating opportunities that impact their families and communities.
Since the inception of our Women of Color Program in 2017, WBENC has grown the number of WOC WBEs by 36% via educational programming, networking, community building, and opportunities.
This growth is in large part due to initiatives that connected WOC with experiences and programming to improve their businesses and programs like WBENC Cummins Grant for Black Student Female Founders, which provided 12 student entrepreneurs with up to $6,000 in funding to invest in their businesses.
We are excited to share two exclusive upcoming events as part of our ongoing commitment to our Women of Color WBEs.
Women of Color: Gain Traction with the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®)
Wednesday, March 10 from 2 – 4 PM ET
In partnership EOS Worldwide
The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®) is a set of simple, practical, and proven business-building tools used by over 80,000 companies around the world to improve their business culture and operations. During this workshop, you will get clarity on how to run your business faster and better through core business functions that help you identify and communicate your vision, instill focus, discipline, and accountability throughout your company so that everyone executes on that vision, and recognize key people within your business to drive growth. Whether you are an established entrepreneur or a new business owner, join us to learn how to gain Traction® and grow your business using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®).
Women of Color: The Art of Capabilities Statements
Wednesday, March 24 from 2 – 4 PM ET
In partnership with the Women’s Business Council Southwest (WBCS)
Capabilities statements are a key requirement in the pre-qualification for government projects, private sector major projects and sub-contractor work. Join us to learn from Fortune 500 corporate leaders how to develop a capabilities statement that stands out and effectively communicates your company’s strengths. You will also gain firsthand insights from WBEs who have successfully utilized capabilities statements to secure contracts and grow their businesses.