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, CEO of Gender Fair, 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 Events

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The Magic of Tiny Business!
(you don’t have to be big to make a living)

Friday, June 1, 2018
to Dorf & Nelson LLP
55 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY
($10 at door)

Excited to have Sharon Rowe join us for our last WEN meeting before we break for the summer. Sharon has recently written a book for entrepreneurs and creatives on how to build a business to do good, make a great living and fit your life. So few books are written by women who have built businesses! Come learn about the magic of a small business!

Sharon Rowe is the CEO and Founder of Eco-Bags Products, Inc. ECOBAGS® is the original reusable bag brand, sold worldwide, recognized as “Best for The World” by Bcorporation for social and environmental commitments and standards.

Sharon is recognized as a thought leader in social innovation, sustainable and responsible production since 1989. She speaks regularly on building profitable, mission & value aligned businesses, believing that business can be a force for good, a currency for ideas that shape culture.

She has been featured in Time Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, on NPR, and, in the award winning documentary, “BagIt” ECOBAGS® were featured on Oprah’s first dedicated Earth Day Show.

Sharon has received numerous awards, including the National 2012 Enterprising Woman, CBS Radio Women’s Achievement, Westchester Business Council Entrepreneur of the Year, 914Inc Westchester Magazine’s Most Accomplished Women, the Women’s Enterprise Development Center’s Lilian Vernon Award.

Sharon’s book is available for purchase! For more information and her press package, visit:
https://www.sharonrowe.com/downloadable-press-kit/

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Special Event

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Special Invitation with NY Liberty (WNBA)!

Friday, May 2, 2018
to 7Dorf & Nelson LLP
55 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY

We are delighted to be invited by our WEN Sponsor, Dorf & Nelson, to attend a cocktail reception and learn about NY Liberty (WNBA) and it’s move to Westchester. Special guests will discuss empowering women and girls, both on and off the court. This is a great (and free) networking event not to be missed!

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Recent Meet-up Events

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Top Social Media Trends for 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018
to Dorf & Nelson LLP
55 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY

Overwhelmed by all of the social media platforms? Tired of trying to keep up with what’s new and hot? Join us at the next WEN event, where online marketing strategist, Nancy Sheed, will share key social media advice to help you best connect with your ideal audience.

Nancy Sheed is an online marketing strategist with nearly 20 years working in the communications and publishing industries. Originally working in public relations for media companies like Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Worth magazine, Nancy shifted into the digital content space when she started her company, Sheed Communications, nearly ten years ago.

She now helps people get confidently connected online so they can be seen, be found, and be heard by their target audience. Her clients include authors, thought leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to authentically integrate social media and online marketing into their personal brand building and communications strategy.

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Surviving the Holidays as a Busy Entrepreneur!

Friday, November 3, 2017
to Dorf & Nelson LLP
55 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY

FINDING BALANCE DURING THE HOLIDAYS!

With Susie Orman Schnall

Susie will share her ongoing work on finding balance for busy entrepreneurs and professionals.  The holidays are particularly a challenging time for ‘doing it all’. Come away with tips on not only surviving the holidays intact but also on enjoying this season with friends and family.   Books available for purchase!

For more information and her article on this topic, visit:

http://www.susieschnall.com/the-balance-project/

https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Deal-Holiday-Stress-39143170

Susie Orman Schnall is the founder of The Balance Project interview series about the tragically glorified “doing it all” craze which became a best-selling novel on work-life-balance. Also author of ON GRACE, a thought-provoking debut about turning 40. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, MariaShriver.com, The Times of India, POPSUGAR, Writer’s Digest, The Nest, Glamour, Mind Body Green, The Bump, Westchester Magazine, Serendipity. Susie lives in Westchester with her husband and three hilarious boys.

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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.

In 2015, Johanna 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.

Johanna is CEO, Gender Fair, a platform that rates companies on their fairness practices for on leadership, employee policies, advertising and philanthropy. The Gender Fair mark makes it easy to know which companies value equality – and which don't.

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.

j.zeilstra@genderfair.com
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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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Jocelyn Greenky

Jocelyn Greenky is a renowned, accomplished office culture and politics expert, who has a deep understanding of issues that cause consternation for organizations and employees alike. From generational dynamics, politics, and culture to leadership, productivity and coaching, her expertise was built through real-life, practical, trial and error experience interacting closely with global C-Suite leaders, executives at all levels, and those in the creative field, not from studying outdated tomes by academics who have never worked in the corporate world.

As the co-author of the fun and informative, Simon & Schuster international best-seller, The Big Sister's Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Must Know, columnist for The Huffington Post, and highly sought-after speaker for Fortune 500 companies and leading universities (including Viacom, Kraft, General Foods, NYU, Syracuse, Drexel, Villanova, and Columbia) Jocelyn provides consultation and guidance to companies, executives and those rising in their career or transitioning back into the workforce on all things Workplace. She preaches three keys to workplace success:

  • Management of Generational Dynamics
  • Knowledge and understanding of various cultures in the Global Workplace
  • Expertise in office politics

She honed her craft from her days as a senior executive at some of the world’s biggest names in media and consumer goods such as Hachette Filipacchi, Philip Morris, and Wenner Media to co-founding and leading companies as CEO, Corporate Editorial Director or COO such as the international design and event firm, Colin Cowie Enterprises, SiderRoad Media and start-up BriteBean Technology.

Her interest in the workplace flourished during her days Philip Morris, where she managed the highly respected Virginia Slims American Women's Opinion Poll. Jocelyn focused a significant portion of the poll on such workplace topics including career opportunity and challenges, the glass ceiling, leadership qualities, benefits, salary and gender bias. Subsequently, after years of listening to many colleagues and friends talk about work issues and traumas, Jocelyn realized that the same questions, problems, and thus recommendations were becoming a case of déjà-vu-induced vertigo.

She became utterly exasperated at the thought that there are millions of fabulous, smart, capable, and talented people and companies that are not finding satisfying and PRACTICAL advice and answers. Having found Jocelyn’s particular brand of down-to-earth straight talk "refreshing" and "life-saving," friends and colleagues told their friends to call her, and in turn, those people told others. It started small but over the years, her expertise has become revered and grown organically into her own thriving workplace consultancy practice. Her clients include The Wall Street Journal, D’Agostino’s, Coleman Research Group, Diversion Media, HBO, Preston Bailey, Sigmax Entertainment, DGSkincare, Publicis Advertising, and Burnham Securities.

Throughout her career, Jocelyn has provided mentoring to help tomorrow’s aspiring leaders achieve their full potential. She currently is a mentor with Women in Communications, Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Women in Technology, YearUp.org, Columbia University, Syracuse University and EverWise. Prior, she was an AOL Coach and advisor with the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program. She has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College and will teach a class on office culture and politics.

When Jocelyn is enjoying some personal time, she tends to two kids, farms her own garden and literally chases two Labrador Retrievers and Bassett Hound around Scarsdale, New York. She is a graduate of Syracuse University.

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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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