Themed 'The Ripple Effect', the 2019 edition of Cartier Women's Initiative Awards ceremony took place at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, the heart of the global start-up and innovation scene.
This was where Cartier awarded seven outstanding women out of the 21 finalists as the laureates of 2019, where they were each gifted with prize money of US$100,000 to fund their projects and businesses.
Ahead of the official award ceremony, Cartier also hosted several programmes that bring together different professionals and allow them to empower one another.
First, there was the 'Meet & Learn' round table session, where the discussions involve empowering women and the ecological transition with regards to economic transformation.
Helen Walters, Head of Curation at TED also led a series of live talks, featuring microbiologist Karen Lloyd, urban landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom, rural social worker and founder of Bodhi Tree Foundation Ashweetha Shetty and artistic duo Climbing PoeTree.
The event is then followed by the two panel conversations on women’s empowerment and gender equality, also women’s entrepreneurship and women in the workforce at large.
The inspiring conversations are hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder and content editor of the multi-media brand Clique, participated by Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan-Mexican actress; Maria Schriver, American journalist and writer; Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier International; Oulimata Sarr, Acting Regional Director of UN Women for West and Central Africa; Kelsey Robinson, Partner at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco and Ilian Mihov Dean of INSEAD.
This year, seven laureates stood out from nearly 2900 applicants from over 142 countries, including Japan and Switzerland. They include Yeon Jeong Cho (SAY Global), Carmina Bayombong (InvestEd), Zineb Agoumi (EzyGain), Liza Velarde (Delee), Hibah Shata (Maharat Learning Center), Ran Ma (Siren), Manka Angwafo (Grassland Cameroon Ltd.)
Watch the video below to find out more about them: