#MentorTalks: Empowering Entrepreneurs with Zoë Dean Smith

When: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM EDT

Live Program Page: facebook.com/InternationalExchangeAlumni

Format: 15 minute Facebook Live with Q&A

Topic: Entrepreneurship


15 minutes of entrepreneurial inspiration! Join us for our first #MentorTalks, a new Facebook Live series that puts Alumni in touch with extraordinary mentors on a wide variety of topics. On June 26th from 11-11:15am Washington, DC time, Zoë Dean-Smith of Vital Voices will offer advice to aspiring entrepreneurs in our ECA Alumni Community. She will answer questions live on everything from building a better business climate for women to finding and being a good mentor. Zoë empowers entrepreneurs in emerging markets in her role as Vice President, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship at Vital Voices, and is excited to engage with International Exchange Alumni on June 26th. Come ready to ask questions and be inspired!


Zoë Dean-Smith
Vice President, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship at Vital Voices

With 36 years of experience in the for-profit, non-profit, corporate, and social enterprise sectors, Zoë Dean-Smith provides vision and leadership for the organization’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship focused programs, including the Global Ambassadors Program, the VVGROW fellowship, and the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. Previously based in Swaziland, Zoë served as Senior Director of Vital Voices’ Global Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts Program. She was Managing Director of Gone Rural, working with 700+ women artisans in Swaziland and launched Gone Rural BoMake, a community development non-profit organization serving the Gone Rural communities. Zoe has also managed the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s programs across Africa. Zoë received a 2011 World of Difference Award from The International Alliance of Women and a 2005 Pan African Business-Woman Award for Capacity Building. She has been a featured speaker internationally in her role as a social entrepreneur, as well as addressing issues concerning Swaziland such as HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, and basic community needs. In 2008, Zoë initiated a Young Women’s Mentorship Program in Swaziland. She currently serves as a mentor in the Cherie Blair Mentoring Women in Business program and the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program for Young African Leaders. Learn more about Zoë here: https://www.vitalvoices.org/people/zoe-dean-smith/.

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Questions about this event? Reach out to Natalie Breen