The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women
IEEW is a 501(c)3 non-profit empowering women to grow their businesses, pursue greater entrepreneurial ventures, and become more active public policy advocates. The Institute accomplishes this mission by focusing on education, mentorship, and coaching women in the US and abroad who are seeking to acquire entrepreneurial skills to help start and grow a business. The Institute’s PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program was created to educate women who have suffered oppression and marginalization and whose homelands have been devastated by war, genocide, and poverty.
The Institute was founded in 2006 by serial entrepreneur Dr. Terry Neese, whose credentials include founder and past president of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), past national president of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), past Distinguished Fellow at National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), and owner of several successful businesses. The Institute’s staff comes from a diverse background of business owners, executives, and operational personnel.
It is widely acknowledged that societies who are economically stable have a much greater capacity for peace. The case for such a bold statement can be found through evidence in the relationship between democracies and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP):
- Democracies are generally stable above $6,000 DGP per capita
- Democracies are generally vulnerable to coups and civil wars between $3,000 and $6,000 GDP per capita
- Democracies are likely to fail below $3,000 DGP per capita
Democracy ~ Free Global Enterprise System ~ Spirit of Entrepreneurship
The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women believes strongly in these philosophies; but more importantly, we believe in women. Women are the caretakers, the mothers, the wives, the sisters, the aunts, and so much more. They are the emerging leaders in the business world; women are the key to bolstering our future global economy. Small business has been the backbone of economic stability, and the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) believes that women are the key to the development and stability of business in emerging economies.