Here’s my journey
as a female founder

and my mission for changing the world

What motivates me deep down is that if more female founders succeed it will have an exponential positive effect on the world

I created the non-profit organization Led By HER which empowers women who have suffered from violence through entrepreneurship.

Creating Led By HER was a way to give different forms of entrepreneurship a voice, and to raise a new form of awareness about gender based violence.

Led By HER, along with it's 200 volunteers and in partnership with business schools (IESEG, ESCP) and companies (DELL, AXA, Orange, BAIN, Starbucks) offers a yearlong program of entrepreneurship courses, mentoring and events to help women rebuild their lives. Axelle Lemaire, Minister for Digital Affairs and Innovation is our sponsor.

My Journey 

I have spent my entire professional working on making the world a better place for women, and therefore for all human beings in general.

I spent the first two years of my professional career at the European Bank For Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) working on integrating a gender impact into investment projects across a variety of sectors. Those years taught me that nothing in our world was gender neutral and that we needed more programs for women, built by women. But my heart ached to be on the ground and work directly with women.

So that’s exactly what I did. I went out and created my own non-profit, Led By HER which promotes women’s rights and access to entrepreneurship.  Led By HER has mobilized the business and startup ecosystem to deliver the first program of its kind, to help women who have suffered from violence rebuild their lives through entrepreneurship. Over the years we have done everything from events, to hackathons and policy work to improve the world for women.  Soon after creating Led By HER I yearned to do more for women.

I felt that during my years in the organization I had witnessed numerous issues that I wanted to not only help heal, but actually solve. I did not want to merely address the effects of gender inequality in our society, but instead I wanted to eliminate gender equality entirely.

My journey to doing so has taken me to far away corners of the world (the US, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Tajikistan, Russia) to advise institutions, create programs, and raise awareness about gender equality.  It has stimulated me to create unique trainings, develop content, contribute to reports, and give conferences. 

My years giving conferences gave rise to an important observation, and that was that way too often, when we talk about gender equality there are  few to no men in the room. That’s what pushed me to begin directing my work towards engaging men on the subject of gender equality. This journey has led me to interview extraordinary male leaders and CEOs around the world for my podcast on the subject called The Other Half.

Ever since COVID, which has forced my own transformation, I have been passionate about finding new ways to work on engaging that purpose I was lucky enough to find at the very beginning of my career and help others doing so through building their own resilience.  You are welcome to read about my own path and join me here.

Women's Rights Protest & March

The path I traveled to get here was not easy, but the journey is hard for most of us. That’s why I love spreading the word, to share that although realizing one’s dreams is hard, it is worth it.

To spread awareness about the causes I believe in and to inspire more women to pursue their dreams, I regularly speak and write about what I do.

Learn more my specific areas of expertise and how I can be of value at your organization or next event.

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