Fifteen years on, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has supported 262 women impact entrepreneurs hailing from 62 countries and has awarded a total of $6,440,000 in prize money to support their businesses. The fellowship has expanded from funding five fellows in 2007 to 24 fellows in 2021.
Since the launch of the community pillar in January 2019, aiming to support fellows by connecting them with a global network that can provide them with access to relationships, knowledge and capital, more than 320 community members have actively engaged with the community and 62 community events have been hosted.
To assess the impact of the program across the globe, The Cartier Women’s Initiative fielded a 40-questions online survey to its 228 former fellows in 2021. This survey became the baseline for Cartier Women’s initiative impact measurement.
With the launch of the Impact Report, which put the light on the powerful ripples of positive changes initiated by these women entrepreneurs, Cartier Women’s Initiative is aiming to improve the program and expand opportunities to more women impact entrepreneurs worldwide.
Going forward, the program intends to create a global network of diverse allies of the Cartier Women’s Initiative community that can amplify that impact by leveraging their unique strengths: their circle of fellows, their knowledge of the ecosystem, and their ability to activate different players.
Impact Awardees – To celebrate the impact of the program, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has unveiled for the very first time, 9 impact awardees —former fellows whose businesses have achieved significant impact. The Impact Awards cover three categories: Improving Lives, Preserving the Planet and Creating Opportunities, which are based on the United Nations Sustainable development goals. Three former fellows are recognized in each of these three categories.
The first prize awardee of each of the three Impact Award Categories will be announced during the Impact Awards Ceremony, on March 6th, 2022 in the context of the World Reunion at the WorldExpo 2020 in Dubai which will celebrate the Cartier Women’s Initiative and will collectively shape the future of the program.
Over three days, from March 6th to March 8th, Cartier Women’s Initiative will be organizing a series of case studies, workshops and Meet & Learn sessions for its community, allowing them to meet passionate impact leaders from around the world, spark new collaborations and tackle shared challenges.
“The Cartier Women’s Initiative World Reunion is an opportunity to reaffirm the Maisons’s commitment to our community of women’s impact entrepreneurs, amplify the successes of these admirable women, and help them reach new heights in order to make the world a better and more equal place. Because when women thrive, humanity thrives” Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International.
The first prize awardee will take home US $100,000 in prize money, while the second and third runners-up will respectfully receive US $60,000 and US $30,000.Finally, the 9 awardees will each receive human capital support valued at US $10,000.