20 Entrepreneurial Women You Should Be Following on Twitter


Co-written with Taryn Bird, Senior Manager of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center‘s Global Corporate Citizenship Program.

In an age of unparalleled opportunity for women, female empowerment has become a diverse proposition. Women are changing the world in business, government, the NGO world, and media. And they are re-defining what it means to be entrepreneurial in every field, from starting their own businesses and social ventures, through being successful corporate intrapreneurs, to innovating in other ways that give women a voice and a equal role in the society.

The power of social media, and in particular Twitter, has allowed these empowered women to share not just their big ideas, but the daily details and information sources they rely on to advance the issues they care about. As we get ready to celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s harness the power of social media to connect with such women and share their work.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) have complimentary missions when it comes to women’s economic empowerment, and together we want to highlight twenty women on Twitter who stand out as the articulate, informed voices of the future. The list is certainly not exhaustive but these women offer great insights on how to harness entrepreneurial ideas to empower women, and who themselves represent the great things women can achieve.

Stay tuned as we talk more about women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship this week at @CIPEGlobal and @ChamberBCLC!


Deirdre M. Coyle Jr.Founder of the AllWorldNetwork, which increases visibility for scalable growth entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Esther Dyson Leading angel investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and commentator.

Jessica Jackley Social entrepreneur and co-founder of online microlending platform Kiva.

Leila C. JanahSocial entrepreneur and founder of Samasource, which connects people around the world to dignified, computer-based work opportunities.

Jacqueline NovogratzCEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund.

Willa ShalitArtist, producer, and founder of Maiden Nation, an online ethical fashion marketplace that supports women’s entrepreneurship.


Kristin BarrettVice President at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

Suzanne FallenderDirector of CSR Strategy & Communications at Intel.

Sheryl SandbergChief Operating Officer of Facebook.

Gabi ZedlmayerVice President of Sustainability and Social Innovation at HP.

Media & Authors

Gayle Tzemach LemmonJournalist, author of New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy.

Cheryl IsaacEntrepreneur and business writer, contributor to Forbes.

Aman SinghJournalist, blogger, and editorial director of CSRWire.

Sheryl WuDunnBusiness executive and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Co-author of the bestseller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Nonprofits and Associations

Jehan AraPresident of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), a CIPE partner.

Lisa HallLeader of the Calvert Foundation.

Karen KerriganPresident & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and Chair of the CIPE Board of Directors.

Henriette KolbCEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Nancy PloegerPresident of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

Zainab SalbiFounder of Women for Women International, an organization which helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives.