WEN

Let us introduce ourselves.

 

Women’s Entrepreneur Group (WEN) was founded in 2010 by Susan Danziger, CEO of Ziggeo, as a commitment to help female entrepreneurs connect and contribute to each other’s professional growth. WEN grew from the Westchester community of women business owners and is now offering an extended online hub for women to connect, share and gain access to resources designed to better their businesses.

Currently led by Johanna Zeilstra, founder of The Women’s Debate, and Arjan Eenkema van Dijk, founder of InspireShift, WEN has grown its membership to more than 200 women who are passionate about their business and sharing their knowledge, best practices and network with others.

WEN meets on the first Friday of every month, with guest speakers, in addition to casual networking events throughout the year. The community includes vetted professional business owners and sole proprietors. Sharing experiences, challenges and business ideas in a relaxed supportive setting makes us all better at what we do.

"A very impressive group of accomplished women with interesting backgrounds and collective experience. Looking forward to more meetings and programs like the one today, very glad to be a part of it!"

Laura S.

"Others should join this Meetup group because it's a great way to pick up cutting edge entrepreneurial business and digital ideas in an accessible, personal format. Free coffee and nibblies, too. Susan Danziger has a great group of women friends!"

Laura E.K.

"Great community of female leaders eager to meet and learn about each others projects, goals, and journey's."

Kate K.

Upcoming Meet-up Events

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How I broke into the wine and spirits industry with women in mind

Friday, February 3, 2017
to Serendipity Labs
80 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY (map)

STEPHENIE HARRIS, the creator and founder of Maven Cocktails has worked with many of the world’s most respected wineries and spirits brands for nearly 20 years. During that time, she often heard people say they were let down by the inconsistent selection and poor quality of wines available in bars, clubs and lounges. And, that the mellow vibe created by drinking wine didn’t match that of the nightlife scene. As a wine lover herself, Stephenie agreed and was inspired to find a solution to those issues. Like many female entrepreneurs, Harris created her company to solve a problem. After two years of extensive research and development, consulting with many experts along the way, she perfected her proprietary blend and crafted Maven Cocktails. In September of 2015, Harris officially launched her brand, independent of the industry giants that she knew lacked the spirit of innovation that her company has come to represent. A passionate New Yorker at heart, Stephenie was also inspired by the energy, excitement and unexpected connections that make NYC an iconic city. From the legendary nightlife, awe-inspiring architecture, unrivaled theater productions, world-renowned cuisine, vibrant art scene and international community of people who have chosen to make New York their home – We believe that Maven reflects that energetic magic. She named her company Maven because the word represents someone who knows something that others want to know, is a connoisseur and a leader. Today, Maven Cocktails is helping to lead the conversation about the next great evolution in cocktails.

Come and be inspired…..and sample one for yourself!

For more information, go to http://mavencocktails.com/

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Monthly Meetups

Join us on the first Friday of every month to hear top speakers share their knowledge and tips on building and growing a business.

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Events & Workshops

Expand your network at one of our Champagne and Chocolate events, or build your marketing skills, business base or tech savvy at one of our workshops.

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Tools & Resources

Access our ever-growing library of business articles, social media insights, fundraising tips, website building videos and more.

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Connect with Top Business Women

Are you a female business owner or serious entrepreneur? Tell us about your company or business. Our group is for vetted professional business owners and sole proprietors—so it’s important to fill out your profile and let us know about your business.

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Our Team

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Johanna Zeilstra

Johanna is an established business strategist and an accomplished leader for both start-ups and global corporations. Over the past two decades, she has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and JPMorgan Chase, and with over a dozen client corporations, including Delta, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Philips, Lucent, Bank of America, and Occidental Petroleum.

Her career has led her to work in Canada, China, Indonesia, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and across the USA. She acts as a coach to senior executives on boards and top teams and has a passion for supporting and advancing women leaders.

She recently launched The Women’s Debate (www.womensdebate.com) to encourage presidential candidates to focus on issues that specifically pertain to women during the 2016 presidential debates. Prior to this, she helped launch the Signature Program, a leadership development program and network designed to help women on the cusp of the executive leadership team of global corporations.

Johanna co-founded GiveBack, an innovative platform that makes it easy for companies to build authentic and impactful cause marketing, workplace giving and other social responsibility initiatives. GiveBack was launched on the Oprah Winfrey Show during her final season in 2011.

Johanna is originally from the Netherlands and educated in Canada where she earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Business Administration. She resides in Mamaroneck, NY with her husband and serial entrepreneur, David Kidder and their 3 sons. jzeilstra@womensdebate.org
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Arjan van Dijk

Arjan Eenkema van Dijk is the President and Founder of InspireShift LLC, a boutique coaching firm specializing in Executive, Career and Entrepreneur Coaching. With more than 20 years’ experience in corporate and non-profit leadership roles, Arjan works with executives, leaders, business owners and individuals all over the USA, Europe and in Asia to define and attain their business and leadership objectives. She helps leaders create their greatest impact. Arjan is a certified Executive Coach, speaker and facilitator and an expert in leadership development, personal branding, communication, business development, positive intelligence, career transition and time management. Arjan works with C-suite executives in Fortune 500 companies, and her clients come from organizations of all sizes – from small start-ups to Fortune 100 companies and multinationals, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, United Nations, Standard & Poor’s, Bloomberg, Proctor & Gamble, MasterCard, Avon, R/GA advertising, New York Hospital, UBS, Pearson Publishing, Deloitte Consulting, Citibank, Reckitt Benckiser, United States Navy, Tahari, and Time Inc. They work in a diverse range of fields, including financial services, marketing, information technology, law, education, consumer goods, home building, healthcare, retail, publishing, and not-for-profit.

Arjan was a co-founder of “Lives in Transitions”, a highly successful career networking and support group in the New York metropolitan area, which she established with others in May 2009 in response to the economic downturn. “Lives in Transitions” has offered coaching, support, networking resources and information to over 1,000 people in career transitions.

As an International Marketing Executive with the HRI Group of Companies, whose brands include Leading Hotels of the World and Prima Hotels, Arjan had global marketing and communications responsibility, leading an international sales and marketing staff, representing hundreds of hotel properties worldwide. Her marketing and communication expertise is a strength that she consistently incorporates in her coaching to benefit her clients in attaining their goals.

Arjan holds an M.B.A. from one of the premier universities in Holland, University of Groningen. She earned her coaching certification from New York University; is accredited by the ICF (International Coaching Federation, the leading global coaching organization); and has advanced certifications in Executive, Business and Career Coaching.

Arjan served on the New York Board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a national organization whose mission is to move children from foster care into safe permanent homes where they can thrive. Arjan has also worked with the victims of September 11 in the months following the World Trade Center attack.

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Are you a female business owner or serious entrepreneur? Tell us about your company or business in your bio, and join us at our monthly meetings and networking events. Our group is for vetted professionals and consist of diverse business owners from retail, online products to professional and personal services. We now have more than 200 members and are active in inspiring other female entrepreneurs in the community.

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