WILD is committed to bringing together a global network of actors who together can amplify the work of growth-oriented women social entrepreneurs.

This past April 10, we put together a highly successful all-day event in Oxford, England that brought together 50+ donors, investors, fellowship programs, and social entrepreneurs to explore this question: Female Founders of Social Enterprises: What Support is Critical for Greater Impact and to personally thrive?   

We had speakers from the Skoll Foundation, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Echoing Green, Ashoka, the Criterion Institute, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Stanford University, and female social entrepreneurs from around the world.

Here are the reasons we came together:


  • Define actions we are interested in taking forward collectively.

  • Gain concrete knowledge to inform current investments and future programming. 

  • Develop useful connections with other individuals and organizations committed to greater diversity in social entrepreneurship.

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

Schedule: April 10,  9:45am to 3:00pm

TIMING                                      AGENDA                            

9:15 - 9:45am

9:45 - 10.15 am

Join us for coffee and networking

Kick-Off & Interactive introductions

Fiona Macaulay, Founder & CEO, WILD Network and Entrepreneur-in-Residence,                                             Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

10:15 - 10:45am



10:45 - 11:00am

11:00 - 11:15am


11:15 - 11:30am

11:30am - 12:45pm


Plenary #1:  State of the Field in Gender Lens Investing

  • Joy Anderson, Founder and President, Criterion Institute

  • Cathy Clark, Director, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) i3 Initiative on Impact Investing, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

TalkStrategies for Success and Barriers to Entry Kathleen Kelly Janus, Author Start Up Success & Social Enterprise Lecturer, Stanford University

Talk: The State of Women's Entrepreneurship - Maura McAdam, Director of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management, Dublin City University


Plenary #2:   What support and opportunities have proven critical to female
founders to scale their impact, while thriving personally?

  • Molly Melching, Founder, and Creative Director Tostan, Senegal (Skoll Fellow)

  • Ruth Ibegbuna, Founder and Chief Executive, RECLAIM, UK (Ashoka Fellow)

  • Bonnie Chiu, CEO & Founder, Lensational, Hong Kong (Social Entrepreneur)

  • Dr. Shannon May, Co-Founder, Bridge International Academies


12:45 - 1:15pm

1:15 - 2:30pm


Networking Lunch  - Light Lunch served

Plenary #3: How are leading incubators, investors and donors leading on this topic, and what are they learning?

Talk: Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green

  • Stephanie Dodson Cornell, Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

  • Brittany Boettcher, Senior Program Manager, Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

  • Pamela Roussos, Chief Innovation Officer, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University

  • Shannon Farley, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Fast Forward

Moderator: Marco A. Davis, Partner, New Profit

Fireside Chat:  Why Are Seasoned Leaders Choosing Executive Leadership Coaching and What's the Opportunity for Social Enterprise? 

  • Hortense le Gentil, Executive Leadership Coach (France)

  • Donnie Dhillon, Executive Leadership Coach (U.K.)

2:30 - 2:55pm                              Small Group Discussion: What Else is Being Done & Opportunities for Collaboration

  • What are you and your organization doing on this topic?

  • Where are the opportunities to link efforts?

2:55 - 3:15pm

Draft agenda, subject to change

Closing: Looking Ahead


Event Info

Tues. April 10th, 2018 in Oxford, England

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

9:45am - 3:00pm

Registration Fee                                  $50.00 - cost recovery fee

Please note as space is limited to ~40 people. We encourage you to RSVP to confirm your attendance as soon as possible.

We ask that those attending commit to participating in the full day workshop from 9:45am - 3:15pm. Doors open 9:30am for coffee!



Scoll 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.