On Friday, November 18, 2016 Karrueche Tran will partner with Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) – the world’s largest entrepreneurial and financial empowerment initiative – for its 3rd annual event at the United Nations in New York City where she will be taking part in the celebration by speaking about how she has empowered young women through her “With Love” movement on the WED Fellows Introduction Panel during the day. The event is a culmination of successful women entrepreneurs, innovators, and job creators launching startups that are all dedicated to the mission of WED of alleviating poverty by empowering and supporting women in business worldwide.
“It’s exciting to be a part of such an inspiring event and initiative, bringing millions of people together to support WED in empowering women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and investing in their futures,” Tran says. I look forward to speaking amongst this esteemed group of women, and sharing my personal experiences which have helped shape me into the businesswoman I am today.”
The WED event will be celebrated in 144 countries and 111 top universities and colleges internationally.
“We’re so grateful that Karrueche is joining us for our 3rd annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event,” Wendy Diamond, founder of WED shares. “We are honored to have such an impressive list of partners to support our mission of alleviating poverty by empowering, celebrating and supporting women in business worldwide.”
Read what else Tran has to say.
What is your greatest accomplishment as an entrepreneur?
One of my greatest accomplishments has been my KaePop collaboration. I honestly didn’t expect it to do as well as it did. It opened up a huge door for me in the beauty world. Sometimes I’ll meet girls and they’ll show me they have KaePop on their lips and it makes me so happy. To have produced a product where I had total creative control and see it flourish is like watching a baby grow. I’m happy and very proud.
Who or what motivates you and why? Where do you find inspiration?
Life motivates me. I’m fortunate enough to take care of my family and provide for them and that motivates me to keep going. Wanting to be better as an actor, model and person in general motivates me to push myself. Recently I’ve worked alongside some heavy hitters in the acting world and it made me focus and work harder. There’s always room for growth and improvement and I’m willing to take all of it.
What are the dos and don’ts for young women in business?
Definitely always be professional. Make sure you’re on time. Make sure you always have a firm hand shake and look people in the eyes (learned that in high school). Always go the next step. If you have a meeting and there’s an opportunity to have some sort of presentation or additional research, do it. Being professional never goes out of style, you will always be respected. Make people believe in you and take you serious but most importantly believe in yourself and reach for the stars!
Name three of your most successful female role models and share why you honor them.
Oprah – She is a legend! We’ve all watched Oprah’s success over the years. She went from being a journalist to having of the most successful talk shows, as well as her own magazine and television network. She’s the definition of a hardworking woman. She also wrote one of my favorite books, What I Know For Sure.
Victoria Beckham – She is the definition of a triple threat. She has her own successful businesses and is a great mother and wife all while looking absolutely fabulous managing it all.
Jessica Alba – Not only is she a great actress, she has built one of the biggest and successful companies, The Honest Company. One of the largest companies providing safe and effective products for the baby, home and personal needs.
Learn from it so you don’t get the same results. Try new techniques and be creative. Step outside the box and think different. Invest in your ideas and do your research.
Tran will be joined by many other notable entrepreneurs and influencers at the United Nations event in New York City, including:
• Jenny Abramson – Founder & Managing Partner of Rethink Impact, Executive & Entrepreneur
• Amir Dossal – Founder & Chairman of Global Partnerships Forum, Former Director of U.N. Office of Partnerships
• Catherine Flax – Managing Director and the Head of Commodity Derivatives & Foreign Exchange, Americas
• Lizzie Flores – Ambassador of Honduras
• Moira Forbes – Executive Vice President of Forbes Media, President & Publisher of ForbesWomen
• Angelica Fuentes – Founder of FAF, A Complete Imperative Fund & GEF, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Women’s Rights Activist
• Cristina Gallach – United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
• Monique Giggy – Director Singularity University Accelerator and LaunchPad, Co-Founder & President Swing by Swing Golf, and founder & partner Own Vision LLC
• Mindy Grossman – CEO of HSN, Board of the National Retail Federation, Bloomin’ Brands & the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
• Joan Hornig – Founder of Joan Hornig Jewelry
• Ramya Joseph – CEO & Founder of Pefin
• Dr. Teresa Kennedy – VH1 Interactive and the [email protected] radio network, Founder & President of Power Living Enterprises & World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
• Kay Koplovitz – Founder of USA Networks, the SYFY channel, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Springboard Fund, Board of Directors of CA Technologies, ION media and Time Inc.
• Kevin O’Leary – Host of ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’, Founder of O’Leary Funds, Businessman/Investor
• Sandra Lee – Television chef & author, spokesperson for Stand Up to Cancer Foundation
• Betty Liu – Anchor of Bloomberg Television and Founder & CEO of Radiate, Inc.
• Antonio Lucio – Global Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at HP Inc.
• Molly Maloof – Physician, Technologist & Scientific Wellness Pioneer
• Tao Porchon-Lynch –Actress, International Model and Guinness World Record Master Yoga Instructor, Author of “Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master”
• Deborah Roberts – ABC News correspondent of 20/20, Good Morning America and World News Weekend
• Kate Rogers – CNBC Entrepreneur and Small Business Anchor
• Bobbi Rebell – Author How to be a Financial Grownup, Reuters Money Columnist, Chief Television Correspondent & Anchor, Business Video Thompson Reuters
• Yue-Sai Kan – Emmy Award Winning TV personality, Founder Yue-Sai Cosmetics, bestselling author, director of Miss Universe China
• Anthony Scaramucci – Founder Skybridge Capital
• Beth Shah – Head of Business Development, Digital Asset Holdings
• Kunal Sood – Executive Producer and Curator at TEDxUNPlaza, Chairman of WED Fellows Accelerator
• Margo Thomas – Chief of Secretariat, UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment
• Chiara Tilesi – Italian film producer, Founder of nonprofit film production organization, “We Do It Together”
• HRH Crown Princess Katherine – Crown Princess of Serbia, Philanthropist and Patron of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization
• Dr. Shefali Tsabary – World-Renowned Clinical Psychologist, International Keynote Speaker & Acclaimed Author
• Nicole Van Der Tuin – CEO & Co-Founder of First Access
• Baroness Sandip Verma – Member of the House of Lords, Under Secretary of State for International Development British Government, and ActionAid UK’s Ministerial Champion for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls
• Randi Zuckerberg – Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, host of Dot Complicated on SiriusXM business radio and New York Times bestselling author of Dot Complicated and DOT!