All women are welcome to join us in #radicalgenerosity

It’s going to take you forever to get to my city, could I just pick a region now and contribute? I want to help get this movement started”. - interested Activator

In the original design for #radicalgenerosity I thought that we should limit who could be an Activator (women who contribute $1100 to be loaned to female-led ventures) to a geographically bound area.

I thought that women from a city supporting ventures from their own city would demonstrate local economic impact and build a bigger bond. I thought, it’s going to be much easier to create community and relationships when we are closer together.

And that makes sense rationally, but in our highly mobile world, it’s not always the reality. We are on planes, travelling all the time. 

And, as some pointed out to me, I want to build my network in other cities!

So, why can’t women, anywhere in the world be part of #radicalgenerosity, now?

Delilah Panio from Los Angeles and Jennifer Simpson from Boulder each contributed asFounding Activators even though the pilot was in Canada. 

They wanted to support the launch of this initiative and because of their experience, they both reached out to us and asked to lead our expansion into the US in their native cities.

Ruth Ann Harnisch from the Harnisch Foundation and Jacki Zehner from Women Moving Millions, both named to the 50 most powerful women in US philanthropy list, contributed in the pilot even though they don’t live in Canada because they wanted to support a new model.

I was worried about the experience women would have if we didn’t do events in their community which is why I wanted to say if you weren’t from the region you’d have to wait until we come to yours. After a LOT of pushback from my network (thank you for persisting) we are going to open it up to anyone.

YOU ARE ALL WELCOME to join us if;

  • You are interested in being one of the pioneering women to bring a new model into the world 
  • You want to bring this model to your country, your region, your city
  • You are interested in supporting women-led ventures along with thousands of other women

Please visit, pick the region you most identify with or are most likely to travel to this year.  You will be invited to the two big events in that region and you will be one of the early pioneers who got this movement started.

Culture Change is the path: It’s time to Activate for Change.

For decades I’ve been struggling with how to change the numbers.

  • 4% of venture capital goes to women.
  • 3/400 applications to my first venture fund came from women in the first six months.
  • 1% of corporate procurement goes to women-led companies.
  • Over 90% of VCs are men.
  • Women are not showing up as investors as angels or VCs.

For almost 20 years I've been designing, implementing and experimenting with new business models, programs and initiatives to deal with this depressing reality.

I've tried a lot of things over the years: business plan competitions, accelerator programs, mentorship programs, personally mentoring over 1000 entrepreneurs and on and on.

Each approach I took was really a bandaid solution. I couldn’t figure out how to get underneath the problem – how can we fund and support the kinds of businesses women run (highly capital efficient, revenue generating, strong social impact) in a way that leverages our networks, talent and capital to great a global impact.

And then it slowly dawned upon me. My mindset was the problem. I’ve been thinking about this under our current paradigm and narrative (winner takes all, go big or go home) and with a 5 year lens (let’s solve this NOW). What if I took a longer term view?

And then I realized, this is culture change and it’s going to take decades.

I started experimenting with SheEO a few years ago to see what kind of program we could build to support female entrepreneurs on their own terms and have women engage with their capital that would have a global impact.

It led me to our current model of women (we call them Activators) contributing $1000 each, creating a local pool of capital and then loaning the money out to local female entrepreneurs.

The behavior change that I thought would take decades (and it still might) is showing early sign of hope.

  • Women who would never have considered applying for funding to grow their businesses are showing up because this model sounds and feels so different. Imagine having thousands of radically generous women on your team.

  • Ventures who were selected in our pilot less than a year ago are already saying they'll be “Activators for life”.

  • Twenty somethings who received funding in our early experimentation are showing up to be Activators at this very early stage of their careers.

  • Ventures who are applying for funding are also becoming Activators

  • Wantrepreneurs are activating before they even start their business so they can see behind the curtains how a venture gets supported and grows

  • Activators are showing up for the inspiration to witness the businesses women are starting

  • Early stage ventures who are not yet profitable are activating because they'd like to access the network of radically generous women and share their own networks and experience.

  • Women who never considered investing before are asking about how we can do follow-on funding with the companies they’ve fallen in love with because they need more capital.

Timing is everything. And design is critical.

In just over one year, over 100 cities around the world have applied to replicate this model and create the beginning of a parade of women funding, supporting and celebrating women with big ideas to create a better world and a new economic model.

If you’d like to join us and be one of the early pioneers of this new economic model our 2016 campaign is open in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado and Canada.  #theladiesarecoming  Learn more at www.SheEO.World

Activate Annually to Create a New Economic Model

"When I signed up to be a Founding SheEO Activator I didn't realize I had to do it each year to be part of the community" - Founding Activator

We have heard from a few founding Activators that they didn't realize that becoming an Activator annually was going to be a call to action. 

Our first pilot in Canada was an experiment to see if this would work. And the model, the implementation and the results are all pointing towards something that could be a gamechanger for women. It's working.

So, here's some clarification:

  1. We are 'grandmothering in' the founding Activators so you will, forever, be part of the online community (a brand new platform where you will be able to access all of the Activators in each region). 
  2. To attend 2016 events (Gala, Conference, Ask/Give) and select 2016 ventures, you need to sign up to be a 2016 Activator.
  3. Paying each year allows us to continue to fund female entrepreneurs. Without annual contributions to the fund we can't fund more female entrepreneurs. We'd love this to be an annual gift.
  4. If we do this each year, for 5 years (because ventures pay back the money over 5 years), then we will have a PERPETUAL FUND in Canada, forever, something we can hand down to our daughters, granddaughters and nieces.
  5. This year you will have thousands more women in the community who can become your suppliers, advisors, customers and supporters as we add in Los Angeles, Colorado and San Francisco/Bay Area.
  6. Activators will have the opportunity to be part of follow-on funding initiatives, special discounts on SheEO coaching programs and much more. 


Please join us again in 2016 and be part of the creation of a whole new economic model. 


Radically Generous Women Creating a New Economic Model

Spotlight: Madeleine Shaw

Spotlight: Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw is a social entrepreneur known for her creative approach to using business tools to achieve social change goals. As Co-Founder (alongside longtime business partner Suzanne Siemens) and Creative Director at Lunapads International and the United Girls of the World Society, she pursues feminist and sustainability agendas through both for-profit and “social” profit leadership. Here, we chat with the member of SheEO’s 2015 Radical Generosity Top Five cohort about her unusual journey.

Spotlight: Eileen Tobey

Spotlight: Eileen Tobey

Eileen Tobey is a motivated and creative expert in communications leadership and public relations. The Founder and CEO of beSPEAK Communications Inc., she and her team work with CEOs and senior people to handle areas of communication where the ‘voice’ of an organization needs to be heard. Here, Eileen shares about her family’s extensive travels around the globe, and the influence it has on her as an entrepreneur and communicator.

Spotlight: Ilana Ben-Ari

Spotlight: Ilana Ben-Ari

Ilana Ben-Ari is a designer on a mission to positively transform how we learn. She is a multiple-award winning product designer, TEDx speaker, and Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, and has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation for over seven years. As the founder of Twenty One Toys, she and her team are using toys to foster creativity, empathy, and inclusive communication in classrooms and offices worldwide. Here we chat about how she transformed her undergraduate thesis project into a ground-breaking organization and movement for social change.

Spotlight: Delilah Panio

Spotlight: Delilah Panio

Delilah Panio is on a mission to help women around the world become economically independent. Six years ago, she left her competitive corporate job to do just that. Now the founder and CEO of Stiletto Dash, Delilah helps female entrepreneurs build their dream companies in a realistic way. She chatted on the phone with us while she sat on her stretch of beach in L.A. to share about her passion for mission-driven work, and the journey she’s had in transitioning between the corporate world and entrepreneurship.

Spotlight: Toni Desrosiers

Spotlight: Toni Desrosiers

Toni Desrosiers is driven to make the food packaging business more sustainable. A nutritionist, mother, and entrepreneurial spirited individual, Toni is the founder and CEO of Abeego Designs Inc., a green business that has found innovative ways to repurpose materials into new products. Here, she shares with us about her healthy lifestyle, her journey with Abeego, and becoming one of the five recipients of SheEO’s 2015 Radical Generosity Initiative. 

Spotlight: Laurel Walzak

Spotlight: Laurel Walzak

Laurel Walzak is a positive and driven woman whose love of sport and healthy living has translated into her entrepreneurial pursuits. As a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer and Board of Director of Fitneff, Laurel promotes the importance of living healthily even while on the go. She and her team are driven to help businesses incorporate physical movement and other healthy practices into the work routine to boost the productivity and mental agility of their employees. Here, she shares about her eye-opening executive MBA education, her sources of motivation, and her passion for sport and wellness.  

Spotlight: Jessica Ching

Spotlight: Jessica Ching

Jessica Ching is an industrial designer who is passionate about bridging the gap between medical technology and patient experience. As the Co-Founder of startup Eve Medical, she and her team are dedicated to meeting specific healthcare needs of women through innovative product design. What started as a conversation she had with a group of friends about the awkward nature of Pap tests sparked her mission to increase STI screening rates among women. Here, we chat with Jessica about her design background, her upcoming crowdfunding campaign on June 1st, and her desire to positively change healthcare.

Spotlight: Sonia Strobel

Spotlight: Sonia Strobel

Sonia wants to create positive change in Canada’s fishing industry. A long-time advocate for sustainable and transparent food production, she made her mission a reality when she founded Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF) in 2008. Her devoted and mission-driven work has given her great success, and she isone of the five recipients of our 2015 Radical Generosity Initiative. Here, we talk with her about her family’s fishing roots, how she found both confidence and balance as an entrepreneur, and what’s next for her and the CSF team.