Private Sector Women's Economic Empowerment Programming

Across industries and sectors there are many philosophies, business cases, and tools for addressing poverty and economically empowering women. Through a series of exclusive business-only dialogues, we aim to deepen the learning experience for member companies around the design and implementation of economic empowerment initiatives in their communities as well as in their supply chains.  We convene businesses in intimate settings to enable them to share best practices as well as help them connect with relevant cross-sector leaders to discuss the best approaches. We also provide the platform to help businesses amplify the voice of companies who are economically empowering women and underserved communities and share their stories.

In addition to our Annual Signature Events on women's economic empowerment, we also host in-depth dialogues titled "A Path to Empowermernt" with the business community to advance learning and best practices in women's economic empowerment.

Path to Empowerment Series

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) along with Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (CSRI) launched a series of “business-only” meetings in 2014 to:

  • Facilitate an organic and rich dialogue around specific challenges that companies face in empowering women inside and outside the business
  • Develop or expand on corporate-led actionable solutions to these challenges 
  • Co-invest in solutions to support gender equality
  • Catalogue business experience and leadership for educational purposes and for learning opportunities for other companies 

Senior leaders and decision makers from more than 100 companies have participated in this series since 2014 from a wide variety of sectors, and participants have represented various functional areas within companies ranging from corporate affairs, corporate responsibility, sustainability, philanthropy, sourcing, public affairs and policy, human resources and social innovation.  

Use of the Chatham House rule enabled candid dialogue, with the aim of facilitating shared learning and establishing or strengthening relationships and specific partnerships.

Our framing report: A Path to Empowerment: The Role of Corporations in Supporting Women’s Economic Progress provides an overview of where companies are active on women's economic empowerment issues. It also concludes with an Agenda for Action, which offers companies and their partners recommendations for the path forward on women’s economic empowerment.

Please contact Jesse Matton, Senior Manager of Economic Empowerment, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation if you would like to be involved!

Sample programs:

  • A Path to Empowerment Series Advisors:
    • Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director, Harvard Kennedy School, Mossavar-Rahman Center for Business and Government
    • Henriette Kolb, Head, IFC Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation
    • Marissa Wesely, Global Fellow, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Public Private Dialogues

  • Raising the Profile of Women's Economic Participation in APEC, Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC, September 2017 (in partnership with the Department of State and Government of Chile)
  • APEC Women and Economy Public Private Dialogue, July 2016 (in partnership with the Department of State)
  • Lower Mekong Initiative Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Dialogue, March 2016 (In partnership with the Department of State)

Webinar Learning Series

Signature Women's Economic Empowerment Events:

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