Women Up was founded by Sheila Lirio Marcelo founder and CEO of Care.com and joined by Cora Neumann, founder of the Global First Ladies Alliance; Women Up is an organization on a mission to increase women’s role in the global economy through the provision of mentorship, leadership training and support to girls and women through every stage of their lives and careers.
The organization, implements programs for Rising Women Leaders which focuses on reducing the formidable barriers stand in the way of many women who desire to lead, not the least of which are personal courage, confidence and capacity; Women Up programs helps participants, reduce these barriers by providing trainings in transformational leadership, skill-building and inspiration to promising women in every stage of their lives and careers; the programs for Rising Women Leaders, is currently being implemented in Sweden, Brazil, South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines.
That’s not all, Women Up proud of its Boston heritage, launched the Girl Empower program in its Boston hometown. The organization in 2013, partnered with The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to launch girls leadership camps in the summer. The NFTE Summer BizCamp created a platform that engaged students in experiential learning, through which they gained a variety of skills to help them develop an action plan to solve a problem in their school or community, as well as a personal plan for their future. The two-week intensive camp achieved its aim to teach young women in middle school about personal discovery, entrepreneurship, leadership and teamwork.
Women Up also engages social development groups such as; Golden Seeds, Meetup, TechStars, Pipeline Fellowship, Women 2.0, Astia, The White House Project, Womensphere and Women in Green Forum
The Women Up leadership program includes three components: A Leadership Circle of established leaders committed to the actions and principles outlined in the Women Up Pledge; the McKinsey Centered Leadership training for rising women leaders; and on-going mentoring and follow up programming for participants and their supporters.
The Programs are currently being implemented in Sweden, Brazil, South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines.