Calling All Winning Women

Date posted: March 29, 2012

Make your plans to enter the 5th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, a national competition and executive leadership program that honors women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2012.

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is an ambitious leadership program with year-round activities designed to provide access to one-to-one guidance and support; identify potential partners and alliances, and improve leadership and business skills.

In addition to the program, E&Y also released a new independent impact study, “Thinking big: how to accelerate the growth of women-owned companies,” based on Babson College Center for Women’s Leadership research. The study reveals that four years into the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, the model can spur dramatic growth. Program participants’ companies have grown almost 50 percent each year on average, with a corresponding average annual job growth rate of more than 25 percent.

In becoming part of Entrepreneurial Winning Women, women entrepreneurs join a long-term leadership development program that coaches the five crucial actions needed to scale their companies and introduces them to accomplished entrepreneurs, investors and advisors who can help them prepare for significant growth by:

  1. Thinking big and being bold
  2. Building a public profile
  3. Working on the business, rather than in it
  4. Establishing key advisory networks
  5. Evaluating financing for expansion

Each winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum® 2012, which takes place November 14-18, 2012 in Palm Springs, California. The Strategic Growth Forum, dubbed by as one of the “Seven Get-Ahead Executive Retreats,” is an invitation-only gathering of high-growth, market-leading company CEOs. The Forum presents a one-of-a-kind platform for Entrepreneurial Winning Women to introduce their companies and share their corporate and personal brands with a community of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® winners, top executives, prospective investors and business advisors. All Entrepreneurial Winning Women will be recognized at a special celebratory event during the Forum. For more information on the Forum, visit:

To apply for the program, applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • Founding woman CEO of a privately held US company
  • Company must have reported at least $1 million in sales within each of the last 2 years
  • Venture must be less than 10 years old
  • Entrepreneur must be able to attend an orientation and coaching session at Ernst & Young LLP’s headquarters in New York City on October 10-11, 2012, and the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, November 14-18, 2012, in Palm Springs, CA.

To obtain an application form, or to nominate a deserving woman entrepreneur, The application deadline is April 30, 2012.

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1 comment on “Calling All Winning Women

  1. Wow! What a fantastic opportunity! Sadly my business has only been launched 9 weeks so haven’t quite achieved that basic requirement of $1million for the last 2 years! Also we are based in the UK even though our client base is international! Would love to have had an opportunity to enter this competition!

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