Join us at CNY's Black Women's Expo and the official VIP Afterparty w/ CeCe Peniston!
Vendor Registration is open. Checkout the CNY Page!
Are you ready for Central NY's premier Black women's EXpo? Click the link below and get your comp tix. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! Saturday, August 6th, 10am-4pm.
And don't forget the Official Red Carpet EXpo Afterparty and Concert w/ CeCe Peniston and J. White. See link below for Exclusively Yours.
Join us for a special Red Carpet evening w/ legendary house music recording artist CeCe Peniston and special guest international saxophonist J. White
Tix are General Admission $50 and *VIP $100 (*Includes comp drink ticket, premium seating, red carpet, and artist photo.)
The Women's Economic Institute (The WEI) is an economic development organization focused on improving generational wealth, economic sustainability and income security outcomes for women entrepreneurs, girls, and communities of color through policy, technical assistance, academic/workforce readiness programming, small business growth, and affordable housing development.
We’re excited to be invited to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and the inaugural cohort of One Million Black Women, Black in Business.
Throughout the nation women of color earn between forty-three to sixty-seven cents for every dollar earned by their white, non-Hispanic, male counterparts. In addition to wage differentials and inequities, there's little to no access to mid-level management opportunities, lack of access to the C-Suite, and nominal capital for BIPOC women entrepreneurs and developers. There’s also a national demand for quality affordable housing and technology. The WEI is committed to changing the economic trajectory for communities of color one woman at a time.
We welcome you to join us...
At The Women's Economic Institute (The WEI "the way") we've developed mentoring programs, a small business incubator, and targeted technical support services designed to help women professionals, BIPOC entrepreneurs, women returning to work, and at-risk young adults gain the necessary training, resources and networking to close the wealth and gender gap. To learn more about our economic development goals, the BIPOC Women's Incubator, the Entrepreneur's Roundtable, or the Young Women's Mentoring Initiative (YWMI) click the links below or for CNY and Phx specific programs click the tabs at the top of the page. And while you're here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Donate Now or Contact Us to learn how you can support our work.
The Women’s Economic Institute, Inc (The WEI) is committed to elevating the quality of life for all women and girls. Irrespective of race, religion, color, creed or orientation we know that when women and girls have a fair shot, a healthy self-esteem, and an opportunity to thrive they become stronger women, better leaders, and more successful entrepreneurs. That's why we established the Young Women’s Mentoring Initiative and the BIPOC Women's Small Business Incubator. — We're committed to working with BIPOC (Black and Indigenous people of color) women and girls from all walks of life to drive lifelong academic achievement and economic opportunity.
The Institute is excited to launch The WEI Incubator—a think tank style program designed to create peer-to-peer mentoring, small business development, a community of entrepreneurial support, and in-the-classroom training with today’s diverse woman entrepreneur in mind. We’re committed to providing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) women entrepreneurs access to capital, meaningful networks, and business training/coaching on business plan design, marketing/branding, product development/placement, and financial planning.
The WEI Incubator will meet bi-weekly on Fridays (2 times per month) for 6 months (12 meetings) (11:00am-2:00pm), followed by 6 months of coaching, networking, and programming. Participants must attend all classes and participate in networking, peer-to-peer learning, and extra-curricular assignments to maximize your program experience.
To apply for membership in the Winter 2022 WEI Incubator you must be:
1. A woman owned company or a woman who owns more than 70% of the company;
2. A woman of color;
3. The founder, co-founder, owner or co-owner of your company;
4. A legally formed entity or desiring to form a legal entity (LLC, Corp, Enterprise, 501c3); and
5. Currently generating less than $250K annually in revenue
If you meet the above qualifications and would like to apply, click on the Find Out More Button and tell us about you and your company.
For application related questions call 315-551-2500 TODAY. Rolling admission available.
Join The Women's Economic Institute, SUNY EOC, and The ATTAIN Lab on February 26th for our YWMI Open House. We've launched 11 weeks of amazing programming designed with young BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) women and girls in mind (ages 14-24). Are you looking for technical skills, job readiness, peer-to-peer learning, and mentoring? What about building meaningful relationships and having real dialogue about the issues that matter most to you? Well join us at The WEI February 26th and learn more about the Mentoring Initiative. All programming to be held at 109 Otisco Street, 2nd Flr, Syracuse, NY 13204. Call and register today.,
To register for the Winter 2022 Young Women's Mentoring Initiative please call 315-551-2500 or click the link below.
Marisol Hernandez, CNY Latino Magazine
Media | Communications Legend
Lanessa Owens-Chaplin, Esq, NYCLU
Economic Advocate Legend
Sheena Solomon, The Gifford Foundation
Mary Tarver, Oasis Fish House
Small Business Legend
The Black AZ COVID-19 Task Force launched Winter 2020 to ensure health/economic equity for minority/low-income communities. We're engaging statewide decision-makers to protect our most vulnerable populations. Click the button below if you live in AZ and need vaccine locations, COVID-19 testing, or other resources.
The WEI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) formed to help close the race and gender wealth gap by providing access to capital and professional resources for women professionals and entrepreneurs of color.
We are an economic and community based organization focused on making the world a more inclusive environment for all women and girls, through policy, advocacy, technical assistance, and strategic programming.
With the help of our friends, community partners, and allies we provide in-depth training for youth, mentoring for young professional women, and technical assistance and support for women entrepreneurs.
Its been proven that mentoring, self-development programs, and sound policy help advance the career trajectory and income potential for working women and families. That's doubly true for women of color.
Mentoring and quality programming also helps put girls on a solid track for success
The CAREs ACT provides resources to families and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. If you or someone you know needs help with food, housing, filing unemployment or small business assistance please contact www.arizonatogether.org or The WEI at
(315) 551-2500 (CNY) | (480) 406-8324 (AZ).
Unleashing challenges women to rebound from rock bottom in a world where the bigotry of under-expectation is the norm for women and girls of color. Despite the past you can choose to live into your best life. Charlene Tarver, founder and CEO of the Women's Economic Institute, Inc shares twenty steps on the how. Foreword by Atty Benjamin Crump.
The WEI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) formed in 2017 in response to the under-representation, unemployment, pay inequity, and dirth of capital and professional resources accessible to women professionals and women entrepreneurs of color.
The WEI is an economic and community based organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place for women and girls of color through advocacy and strategic programming. With the help of our friends and community partners we provide in-depth training for youth, mentoring for young professional women, and technical assistance and support for women entrepreneurs.
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