This WILD event is for the global network of actors committed to amplifying the work of women social entrepreneurs.

Female Founders of Social Enterprises:
What Support is Critical for Greater Impact?   


This interactive session fosters exchange about the kind of support that is of greatest value to female founders to scale their impact, and to thrive personally. scale their impact, while thriving personally.

It is designed for female social entrepreneurs as well as the funders, programs and investors who support them.

Join us to:

  • Gain concrete knowledge to inform current investments and future programming geared towards women social entrepreneurs 

  • Develop useful connections with other individuals and organizations who are interested in this topic

  • Benefit from a “rocket fuel injection of inspiration" that comes from women leaders speaking frankly about their opportunities and challenges

Schedule: April 10,  11:30am to 3:15pm

TIMING                                      AGENDA                            

11.30am - 12.15 pm

Munch and Mingle – Light lunch served

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Welcome and Interactive introductions

12:30pm - 1:45pm

Plenary #1:  What support and opportunities have proven critical to female
founders to scale their impact while thriving personally?

  • Bonnie Chiu, CEO & Founder, Lensational, Hong Kong
  • Molly Melchin, Founder, Tostan, Senegal
  • Sandra Sassow, CEO & Co-Founder, SeaB Energy, UK
  • Joy Anderson, Founder and President, Criterion Institute - Gender Lens Investing

Moderator: Fiona Macaulay, Social Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur-in-Residence,
Georgetown University

Discussion with audience

1:45pm - 2:00pm                      Break

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Plenary #2: How are incubators, investors, donors leading and what are they learning?

  • Samantha B. Karlin, Director of Global Engagement, Ashoka
  • Halcyon (invited)
  • Skoll Foundation (invited)
  • Echoing Green (invited)
  • Richard Draper Foundation (invited)

2:45pm - 3:05pm

Small Group Discussion: What Else is Being Done & Opportunities for Collaboration

  • What are you and your organization doing on this topic?
  • Where do you see opportunities to link efforts? 

3:05pm - 3:15pm

Closing: Looking Ahead


Female Founders of Social Enterprises: What Support is Critical for Greater Impact? is an intimate 40 person event designed to offer concrete take-aways and foster linkages between people committed to this topic. Please tell us about about your interest in this event. We'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Event Info

Date: Tues. April 10th, 2018 in Oxford, England

Location: The Old Bank Hotel, 92-94 High St, Oxford OX1 4BJ
8 minutes walk from the New Theater

Time: 11:30am - 3:15pm

Join us for a networking lunch:
11:45 - 12:15pm

Main program begins 12:15pm

(Skoll World Forum begins at 4pm)


Skoll Week Ecosystem Event
This is a Skoll Week Ecosystem Event, independently organized at the time of The Skoll World Forum. It is open to Skoll World Forum delegates, members of the WILD Network, and others who care deeply about and are taking action on this topic. Ecosystem event attendees will receive tickets from the Skoll World Forum to all Skoll World Forum plenaries taking place at New Theatre in Oxford, can participate in select evening social events including receptions and pub nights as well as leverage networking opportunities with Skoll Forum delegates.