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WomEn's* International

Social Impact weekend

Community. Connection. Confidence.

Online Nov 6th - 8th , 2020



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*At Emzingo|U, we want to create an inclusive community where all feel welcomed, heard, and seen. We have chosen to use the asterisk after women* to indicate that we aim to use an inclusive definition of "woman" and "female," welcoming those of all gender identities. Emzingo|U is on a learning journey of our own to ensure we're creating inclusive environments for all gender, racial, religious, and international identities. We welcome your input if you are passionate about or an expert in Gender & LGBTQ+ Equality. Please email us at We look forward to learning together.

All Hands In

Are you interested in social entrepreneurship?

Do you want to meet female founders from across the globe?

Are you eager to start your own organization or help a female entrepreneur with hers?


Join us to meet, connect, and grow alongside self-identifying women* working, studying, and interested in social impact from around the world. At Emzingo|U, we aim to train the next generation of responsible and inclusive leaders. If you are like us, you may also believe that many of those future leaders are those who identify as women*! And that you, too, are one of them. Come learn alongside women* from all over the world - Peru, Brazil, South Africa, Cameroon, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Japan, India, US, Canada, Mexico and more - to discuss and connect around social entrepreneurship, women's* leadership, mentoring, group coaching, confidence building, samba, and believing in ourselves and our ability to impact change. 

You will receive a certificate in Global Social Entrepreneurship once you attend the full weekend conference. 


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You will have the opportunity to meet, learn from, and innovate with female social entrepreneurs from all over the world.


Incredible female founders from across the world will use their experience and success to teach us lessons on responsible investment, the power of positivity, building purpose into your business, wellness at work, and how to overcome our doubts to make change.


We will also use human centered consulting tools to help female-led nonprofits and social enterprises from across the  world overcome a specific challenge. Each team will pitch their ideas to the bigger group for a chance to win a cash prize to help  their entrepreneur bring their ideas into action.


Every participant will have the opportunity to listen, learn, share their own knowledge, reflect, and grow together. Mentor mixers, samba lessons, and optional pitch and f*ck up nights will help us to uplift, support, and connect amazing women* from all over the world.



You will learn design thinking and human centered design mindsets to help assist a social entrepreneur from Brazil, Peru, or South Africa. Each organization will present a challenge, and you will work with other women* to help generate innovative ideas to help them overcome that challenge. Each group will then present their recommendations for a chance to win $500USD for their social entrepreneur. The three finalist teams will receive a Global Social Impact Challenge certificate.

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ejoobi is an HR Tech platform that connects jobseekers and employers with an AI powered platform. We help employers work efficiently to meet their hiring needs with an HR communication platform that screens and matches 

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Heroínas Peruanas is a non profit association that works with children, and is dedicated to promoting equality, teaching and civic education.

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Asplande is an institution committed to a more just country through the universalization of human rights and socioeconomic inclusion.




Co founder

 My Online Therapy




Co-Founder of SuperKin

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Co-Founder at Superkin, a brand challenging the outdated norms of motherhood and reinventing the narrative to be associated with her unwavering badassery and undeniable transformation. Retail industry leader with 10+ years' experience assessing complex business issues and evaluating financial performance. Relationship builder with documented success leading cross functional teams that create value and optimize business processes.

Former Obama Administration

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Venture Partner at Hatzimemos/Libby

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Tanya Perkins helps startups grow by making sure that the people, processes and technology are in place so that teams can succeed. Tanya’s work with H/L focuses on sourcing companies in which to invest and supporting portfolio companies in operations, human relations and other aspects of venture building. Her background in operations includes 6.5 years at the Federal Reserve where she oversaw trading on the Treasury desk and helped build the technology and processes behind major monetary policy programs. Tanya’s experience in venture building includes working at Oscar Health Insurance, running operations at a govtech platform and founding startups. Tanya is currently the COO of a Tembo Health, a venture-backed telemedicine startup.

Early stage investor

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Stephanie Jin is an investor and entrepreneur with the mission of promoting gender equality.  She is also the founder and CEO of SHExposure Consulting in Shanghai, where she provides local corporate business consulting for international clients and female leadership coach domestically.

CEO of Ropes Wealth Advisory

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Michelle Knight serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Economist for Ropes Wealth. As CEO, Michelle is responsible for day to day management of the firm and executing its long-term strategic plan. As Chief Economist for Ropes Wealth, she is responsible for apprising clients of the firm of global economic and market activity. Michelle is a frequent contributor to Financial Advisors magazine and Private Asset Management magazine.


CO- Founder RoundPeg Benefit

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Polina Pinchevsky is Co-Founder and Creative Director of RoundPeg Benefit, a creative agency that works with purpose-driven organizations to help amplify their message, deepen their customer relationships, and build connections through brand advocacy campaigns.

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Bindia Savaria Consulting


A biochemist by training, Julie worked in clinical research for 5 years looking at the effect of environmental contaminants on child development, before completing an MBA degree from McGill university. She founded Bindia Savaria Consulting to help organizations, ranging from non-profits to for-profits, start, deepen or establish their JEDI strategy or program.

Leadership Coach



Director of Alternative Finance at City of Boston

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Cameroonian leader - Open Dreams


Chi Anestin Lum is a Cameroonian, an alumna of the YALI program, a teacher by profession, Transform ELT’s model teacher for the sub-Saharan Africa video teacher training resource project and a holder of a Master’s degree in International Relations with major in International Public Action from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon.

Women’s Empowerment Consultant

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Samantha Karlin is the host of Samanthropolitics, a talk show about global politics and women’s rights. She is also the CEO of Empower Global, where she facilitates trainings on inclusive leadership, gender equity, implicit bias, and allyship for Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, and government bodies. She is also a facilitator for Equal Reality, where she utilizes virtual reality to put participants in someone else’s shoes. She speaks all over the world about gender issues, including at Harvard University, Tufts University, IE University, Indian Institute for Management, the Horasis Global Conference, etc., and is a TEDx speaker.


Co-Founder & CEO at Babyation

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Samantha Rudolph is the co-founder and CEO of Babyation, a venture-backed startup that is unapologetically for moms. Babyation creates products for women that want to parent on their terms, beginning with an innovative breast pump that is quiet, discreet and smart.



Portfolio Management Associate Director at Ropes Wealth

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Jennifer Loveless serves as a Portfolio Management Associate Director at Ropes Wealth, and is a member of the firm’s Investment Team. Prior to Ropes Wealth, Jennifer was a Wealth Advisor for Boston Private Wealth and it’s predecessors that included Banyan Partners and Silver Bridge


Founder & CEO at Better Future Impact / Founder of Bettersoul Community


Esther is the founder and CEO of Better Future Impact, a sustainability market information platform to help businesses and investors to see tomorrow's market-based impact opportunities. She is also the founder of BetterSoul Community, which is a community of impact women professionals from 15 different countries.


Emzingo|U Advisor & Dean Witter Foundation Faculty in Sustainable Management.

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Project Manager at Continental+ & Co-Founder at Resto-Zero



Co-Founder of The Disruptive Factory
Advisor at The World Bank 

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Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working with international, regional and local entities in the U.S.A, Latin America, Europe and Asia. She is an expert in smart cities, blockchain, finance, investment, international collaboration, commercialization of technologies, environmental planning, mobility, and infrastructure development. Currently she serves as COO of RadicalxChange and is the Co-Founder of The Disruptive Factory; Advisor to the World Bank, Silicon Valley Forum, Conexo Ventures and Plug and Play.


Cameroon Country Coordinator at Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network


Prudence is a Social Entrepreneur, Junior Research, Author, Peace ambassador, Gender Advocate. She has over 10 years of Volunteering Experiences with both national and international Platforms and 5 years of Professional Experience as Senior Program Officer of NewSeta.
Passionate about youth gender and peace building. She through her journey has impacted the life of over 8000 youths women and Men. Through diverse initiatives she has led and has been part off.  She believes that real change starts with self and for any sustainable vision  women and youths  must play an  active role in the construction process.


Brazilian Politician running for city council of Manaus



VP, Director of Research

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Sarah leads the research team at CallisonRTKL, a Top-5 global architecture firm, where her team utilizes grant programs, resources and education to help the firm uncover and solve the industry’s most complex problems. She specializes in trend forecasting, human-centered design, consumer insights and research programs that drive change.


CFO at Caterpillar LATAM

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Sofia is a multifaceted professional always energized by new and challenging situations. She firmly believes the only way to solve today’s complex challenges is by connecting the dots from diverse experiences, which is why her career spans across different industries and functions in matrixed organizations. Sofia currently works as Regional CFO for Latin America at Caterpillar. She studied Economics at McGill University, is a First Movers Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and IDEO U Coach.


Co-Founder of Challenge Detroit

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Shelley Danner is an innovative thinker, collaborative partner, talent catalyst, and community-builder. She brings multi-dimensional experience including education, business consulting, and nonprofit management, leading with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for social impact. Shelley is co-founder and Program Director of nonprofit Challenge Detroit, launched in 2012, and an adjunct professor in the Systems Design Thinking MFA program at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) since 2017. Shelley serves on the founding advisory council of the Detroit Women's Leadership Network and was invited to attend President Obama’s inaugural South by South Lawn for changemakers at the White House in October 2016.


 Steward of regenerative learning. Peru Country Manager at Emzingo|U

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In her life and work, Eliane strives for coherence and recognizes that we, humans, are part of nature, and so her actions are guided by caring for our Earth.Eliane has a Masters in Ecological Design Thinking from Schumacher College (UK), and practices as a Steward of group processes. She designs, curates, facilitates, and holds experiences of regenerative learning and community building.Siendo Naturaleza (Being Nature) is her current inquiry in action: a journey towards embodying her true nature and birthing an "Amazon Life Project for Life" on a land situated at the edge of Cordillera Escalera, Peru's first Regional Area of Conservation.


Curious Rebel, Facilitator & Speaker in the fields of Cultural Intelligence and Leadership Development

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Shiva Roofeh is a curious rebel with 10+ years in Executive Education specializing in Cultural Intelligence, Conscious Communication and Leadership, working  as a global facilitator, educator and speaker. She believes that in today’s world stellar, and sustainable leaders are ones who know and embrace their personal and cultural DNA and strive to not just do better but be better.


Managing Partner at Digital Africa Ventures


She became the accelerator manager for I’M IN Accelerator programme, managing a total of 26 active start-ups in the accelerator. The Accelerator was part of the Telkom FutureMakers Programme and Seed Fund which launched in 2014. Nonkululeko is known for her astute skills in entrepreneurship. Nonkululeko left I'M IN Accelerator in July 2019 to become a managing partner in Digital Africa Ventures which is a Venture Capital Firm that seeks to invest in early-stage technology businesses in South Africa.



Director of the Mathematics and Science Education Center at Appalachian State University

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Dr. Tracie McLemore Salinas is the Director of the Mathematics and Science Education Center and professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University. Salinas serves as a consultant to the Center for Academic Excellence and as an advisor to the Chancellor’s Academic Leadership Development Program, both at Appalachian.  Salinas also regularly serves as a grant proposal reviewer for programs sponsored by the US Departments of Education and Energy, providing insight into the ways that proposals address issues of equity and project leadership and management


Founder & CEO of Waterbear Planet

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Sharon Unis is the Founder & CEO of Waterbear Planet, a creative studio promoting personal and planetary sustainability by helping individuals and organizations prioritize everyday wellbeing and self-care, all in connection with nature. Over the course of her career, she's contributed to a variety of initiatives focused on children, the environment and human wellness.



Associate Director at Sustainable Finance Initiative Hong Kong

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Jennifer Poh is the Associate Director at Sustainable Finance Initiative Hong Kong, an investor-led impact investing platform sponsored by family offices around Asia Pacific, including Asia’s first 100% sustainable private investor. A graduate of Columbia Law School and the London School of Economics, Jennifer has seven years of experience in corporate finance as a capital markets lawyer working on complex debt financing and IPOs of international companies in New York, London and Hong Kong.


Founder of Bean App

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I graduated in digital communication at Universidade Católica in Lisbon in 2016 and since then I have experienced working in several companies such as Ydreams, Vista Alegre and Telefonica, helping businesses thrive by leading the partnerships department. I have lived and worked in São Paulo in Brazil for 3 years and another 2 years in Madrid. In between, I've collaborated on the launch of the first Portuguese magazine dedicated to startups and entrepreneurship called startup magazine.  I came to Portugal in 2018 after my first child was born, and I decided to get a certification in coaching which inspired me and to pursue my own project, Bean app (, a platform that connects moms and experts on motherhood. 


 Co-founder and Executive Director of the Association for Leadership in Guatemala

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Flor García Mencos is a Clinical Psychologist, specialized in Sensory Integration Therapy, Neuromotor Therapy and Trauma Therapy. She has worked as a university professor and organizational consultant. Graduated from the Academy for Leaders of the Center for Courage & Renewal in the United States and from the Executive Education program at INCAE as Executive Coach. She is a certified trainer in Restorative Practices and a member of the International Institute of Restorative Practices Board of Directors. Flor is co-founder and Executive Director of the Association for Leadership in Guatemala, where she facilitates training processes for a network of 120 organizations and leaders from different parts of Central America.


Humanist & Volunteer for Common Wealth Youth Council 


Merveille is a 20-year old cameroonian young lady who studies for a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biochemistry and a minor in Multidisciplinary Science studies at Concordia University of Montreal. She believes that passion confers perfection to endeavours and imparts this life and energy to everything she does. She currently works as a humanist and volunteer for a couple of community-based and international organizations including the Common wealth youth council for the regions of Africa and Europe, Open Dreams organization where she is a student mentor, MADA Montreal, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Montreal Notre Dame hospital  where she lends a helping hand as an assistant caregiver since the Covid pandemic reached its apex earlier this year.


TV Media Asset Archivist at Aljazeera Media


Philile Nzimande is from Durban Township in South Africa and has over 10 years experience in News Broadcasting. She has worked as a Video Researcher, Archivist, Digital News Producer, Video Editor and has also played a role in Digitizing  news content from Analogue to digital. In the past year Nzimande was based in Doha, Qatar working for Al Jazeera English. And has worked on award winning news programs in South African leading broadcasters. Miss Nzimande holds multiple qualifications in media, social entrepreneur and information science. Covid-19 birthed her new product the herbal cold pressed juice that booster's the immune system and helps to fight colds and flues. Nzimande is always searching for new ways to solve social ills using her Township background, International experience, and Educational skills.



Founder of Contemporary Empathy


Jennifer Poh is the Associate Director at Sustainable Finance Initiative Hong Kong, an investor-led impact investing platform sponsored by family offices around Asia Pacific, including Asia’s first 100% sustainable private investor. A graduate of Columbia Law School and the London School of Economics, Jennifer has seven years of experience in corporate finance as a capital markets lawyer working on complex debt financing and IPOs of international companies in New York, London and Hong Kong.


Global Director of Corporate Responsibility for Cole Haan

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Ashley Davis is a corporate social intrapreneur and an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow, addressing leadership development through the lens of corporate social intrapreneurship by imagining and implementing new initiatives to blend positive social impact and business value creation. Previously holding roles in Sales (ever so briefly, an attempt to take down Big Tobacco from within) and HumanResources, Ashley has been working in and leading Corporate Responsibility for the past decade and is currently the Director of Global Corporate Responsibility for Cole Haan.


Our conference will be running for long hours to give opportunity to participants in other timezones to join as many sessions as possible

NOV 6TH 2020


Leadership in Crisis:

Women* Leading through COVID19

9:00am-10:15am ET

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It Starts with Us: Building Women* Leaders From the Inside Out
10:30-11:30am ET


Women* - Overcoming Challenges Across the World 
11:45am - 12:45pm ET

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Lunch Get Together 
12:45pm - 1:45pm ET

Themed networking lunch:
 Sustainability, Education, Investment, Women's Rights

Impact Investing Panel
2:00 - 3:00pm ET

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Skills Building I

Humanizing Convo on Race | Purpose into your business plan | How to Network

3:15pm - 4pm ET

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Skills Building II

Civil War and Women in Cameroon | Finding Purpose in For Profit

4:15pm - 5pm ET

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Fog and Nature

Optional Bonding: Life Graphs

5:00pm - 6:00pm ET


Hosted by:

NOV 7TH 2020


Optional Bonding: Life Graphs

4:00am - 5:00am ET



Impact Investing Panel

6:00am - 7:00am ET

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Fog and Nature

Skills-Building Sessions I

7:00am - 7:45am ET

Fog and Nature

Skills-Building Sessions II

7:45am-8:30am ET

Fog and Nature

Meditation and Nature Immersion

8:30am - 9am ET

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Politics Panel: Women* Changing the World Through Politics 
9:00am-10:15am ET

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Social Entrepreneurship Panel & Innovation Challenge 

Peru, South Africa, Brazil
10:30am - 11.45am ET

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South Africa

Heroínas Peruanas


Open Dreams 


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Human Centered Design Workshop to Address 3 Challenges 

12pm - 12:30pm ET

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NOV 8TH 2020


Politics Panel

7:00am - 8:00am ET

Fog and Nature

Yoga Session

8:15am - 8:45am ET

Fog and Nature

Saying No and Setting Boundaries
9:00am - 10:15am ET

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Humanizing Conversations about Race

10:30am - 11:30am ET

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Skills-Building Sessions I

Energy Management | Drain the Drama Coaching Session
11:45am - 12:30pm ET


Skills-Building Sessions II

12:45pm - 1:30pm ET

Closing Sunday Brunch
 and Samba

1:45pm - 3:00pm ET

To be confirmed...

Closing EmBingo

3:15pm - 4:00pm ET



Networking Lunch 

12:40pm - 1:40pm ET

Find a mentor and connect over lunch

Human Centered Design Part II &
 Final Pitch Presentation for $500 prize

1:45pm - 4:00pm ET

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Building Resilience

4:30pm - 5:30pm ET

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Lead like a Woman

5:45pm - 6:45pm ET

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Sponsor Women* from across the world to join this opportunity.  Do you want to help an amazing female* leader or entrepreneur participate in this program? Then click the button below to donate to our Women2Women* Fund. Alternatively, click the Buy 1, Give 1 Ticket option below, contribute an extra $20 donation,  or contact us to join our weekend as a Sponsor to support women* participants from across the globe.


Interested in attending, but can't find the funds? Want to nominate an incredible women* leader? We encourage all female leaders eager to make a change in their communities to fill out an application below:


We know times are tough for everyone right now during the global pandemic. Inquire here for discounts , scholarships, and other ways to get involved. We also encourage everyone to please choose the ticket option that works best for you at this moment.

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