Women's Economic Imperative

What We Do

Belinda Ngongo: ​​Co-Chair of WEI Council of Advisors​ –
Women’s Lack of Access to Care

PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

WEI works to advance women’s entrepreneurship by: ​

  • Supporting women-led businesses​
    • Building the capacity of small & medium enterprises ​
    • Building pipelines & networks of transformative entrepreneurs in the missing middle​
  • Providing advice on favorable ecosystems for women’s enterprise and innovation​

INFLUENCING ACTION

WEI is committed to economically empowering women by:​

  • Advocating for changes in adverse norms, perceptions, policies, and laws ​
  • Mobilizing youth, male champions, cultural and religious leaders ​

DRIVING CHANGE

WEI is committed to:​

  • Providing thought leadership​
  • Curating and disseminating information and ideas​
  • Facilitating communication and collaboration​

Dr. Margo Thomas – Founder and CEO

As Founder and CEO of the Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI), Dr. Margo Thomas serves as a catalyst for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for the economic empowerment of disadvantaged and under-represented groups around the globe.

Throughout her career spanning more than two decades as a senior official at the World Bank Group, Dr. Thomas has provided policy advice to over fifty national and sub-national governments.

Dr. Thomas successfully completed her appointment as the Chief of Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment in 2017. Under the Argentinian Presidency of the G20, she was appointed as Co-Chair of the 2018 Think 20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity. Dr. Thomas was invited by the Japanese Presidency to continue her work and serve as Co-Chair of the 2019 Think 20 Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Under the 2020 Saudi Arabian Presidency of the G20, Dr. Thomas is a member of the COVID-19 Response Task Force and the Social Cohesion Task Force. Dr. Thomas has been appointed as an inaugural Global Solutions Fellow.

Web: https://www.margothomasphd.com/

Janiece Welcome Bio

Janiece Welcome has worked for several years in the fields of management, administration and education. She has developed her management and administration experience in a number of different large corporations, including Starbucks Coffee Company. In addition, she has worked with AmeriCorps Project Change and the Montgomery County Public Schools. 

Her commitment to incorporating diversity into her project management work contributed to her successful completion of projects and increased the impact of her efforts in effecting progressive change within her community.

Janiece is a leader, whose outstanding customer service and drive shines through her work. She has extensive operational and technical skills.

Janiece attended Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. She has completed a training program at the Project Management Institute and is currently pursuing her certification in Project Management.