Keena Smith, Founder

Our Mission

Our mission is to elevate & empower

women of color business owners,

leaders and innovators with pathways to the capital customers, contracts and connections 

needed to close

the gender and racial wealth gap.

It's my absolute pleasure to support events hosted by WCEO. Whether I'm on a planning committee or greeting guests at a live event, I take pride in knowing I'm part of a movement that empowers women to achieve their dreams. 

       ~ Dana Reid, Member 


Our Vision

Our Services 

WCEO will

inform and inspire,

connect and call to action,

elevate and empower

to a higher economic status  


women of color 

business owners, leaders and innovators 

and create 225 jobs

by 2025

- Online Classes & Webinars 

- Business Mentoring

- Business Acceleration

- Access to Capital 

- Networking 

- Research & Data 

- DEI Consulting  

We believe when ALL women are elevated simply as they are born and when empowered to define their futures, then, and only then, women will change the world.

Founded in 2013, the Women's Center for Economic Opportunity (WCEO or  WCEO) advances racial, gender and economic equity.  WCEO facilitates successful access to capital (knowledge and financial) and connections for African American women and other beloved women of color.  WCEO is an advocate for the elimination of racism and closure of the racial and gender wealth gap.  WCEO celebrates our allies who live and practice anti-racism. 

Our Board of Directors

Hon. Tracy Heard, President & CEO. Millennium Solutions, Chair 

Jerry Saunders, President & CEO, APDS, Vice Chair 

Chandra Rains, President & CEO, Rain Superior, Secretary/Treasurer 

Lisa Gutierrez, President & CEO, Dos Hermanos 

Laura M. Comek, Esq., Attorney, Comek Law

Dr. Keeanna Smith, Resident, Internal and Sports Medicine, Premier Hospital Systems

Barbara J. Smoot, President & CEO, WELD USA (Emeritus) 

Our Staff

Keena M. Smith, Chief Executive Officer 

Victoria Murray, Customer Relationship Manager

Keena M. Smith, Founder & CEO

Special thanks to our Partners

Women's CEO is able to make a difference because of the support of our trusted community partners. Consider becoming a partner today.

Become a Partner

Women's CEO is able to make a difference because of the support of community partners. Consider becoming a partner today.

Email: hithere@womensceo.org

Phone: 614-253-4448

WCEO is a registered 501(c)3

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