Webinar | Women’s History Month 2022

Startup Global Women

Thursday, March 24, 2022
2:30 PM –  3:30 PM EDT

Startup Global Women 2022

Startup Global Women 

Unlocking global opportunities for women-owned small businesses

When women-led businesses export, they tend to earn more, pay more, employ more people and be more productive. By ensuring that all small businesses are equipped with the right tools, know-how, and connections, we can empower women entrepreneurs and unlock inclusive economic growth.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and NFTC’s Global Innovation Forum to explore how women entrepreneurs are growing resilient, global businesses, to learn how digital tools are making it easier than ever to reach international customers, and to discover emerging opportunities for women entrepreneurs in international trade.

On March 24, you will hear from successful women exporters, industry partners, and trade experts to help your business go global.

Join to learn:

  • The benefits of engaging in the global marketplace
  • Lessons learned and best practices from women entrepreneurs
  • Steps and strategies to enter new markets
  • Key considerations for exporting, such as finance, IP, logistics, technology, etc.
  • The public and private sector tools available to support you

Additional details, including a list of speakers and a link to join the webinar, will be sent to confirmed participants prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamaica Gayle of the Global Innovation Forum at jamaica@globalinnovationforum.com.

Startup Global


Conversation with Global Women Startups:

It’s never been easier to build a global business. Learn from women who’ve done it.

  • Claudia Mirza, Co-Founder & CEO, Akorbi
  • Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, Founder & CEO, AcousticSheep
  • Moderator: Melissa Graham, Director of Leadership and Social Impact, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Advice and Resources for Going Global:

Insights and advice for small businesses entering the global marketplace from the private sector. 

  • Maria Luisa Boyce, Vice President, UPS Global Public Affairs
  • Diana Doukas, U.S. Policy Programs Manager, Economic Impact, Meta
  • Rina Wulfing, NorthAm Policy & Campaigns Manager, Wise
  • Moderator: Jamaica Gayle, Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum
Government Resources for International Growth: 

Tap into free services and resources to jumpstart your global business journey.

  • Ludwika Alvarez, Global Growth Lead for Tech Firms & Startups, U.S. Commercial Service – San Francisco, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Christine Brown, Director, Trade Policy, Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Branden Ritchie, Director, Senior Trademark Counsel for Domestic Policy, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Moderator: Abigail Lantz, International Trade Specialist, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, U.S. Department of Commerce


Claudia Mirza
Claudia Mirza

Co-Founder & CEO

Wei-Shin Lai
Wei-Shin Lai

Founder & CEO

Melissa Graham
Melissa Graham

Director, Leadership & Social Impact

Rina Wulfing
Rina Wulfing

Policy & Campaigns Manager

Diana Doukas
Diana Doukas

US Policy Programs Manager, Economic Impact


Maria Luisa Boyce
Maria Luisa Boyce

Vice President, Global Public Affairs


 Ludwika Alvarez
Ludwika Alvarez

Global Growth Lead for Tech Firms & Startups

U.S. Commercial Service – San Francisco, DOC

Abigail Lantz
Abigail Lantz

International Trade Specialist

Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, DOC

Christine Brown
Christine Brown

Director, Trade Policy

U.S. Small Business Administration

Jamaica Gayle
Jamaica Gayle

Executive Director

Global Innovation Forum

Branden Ritchie
Branden Ritchie

Director, Senior Trademark Counsel for Domestic Policy

Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO


Bookings are closed for this event.


Watch the 2021 recording

Take a look at the recap from our 2021 Startup Global Women program