We equip, elevate and empower African American and other beloved women of color to access the knowledge & resources they need to create generational wealth and a legacy of economic impact while staying well.
economic equity, inclusion and justice.
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
All women of color will achieve their full economic potential.
Our Programs & Services
Equip through Business Acceleration
Elevate through Financial Know How & Access to Capital
Empower Leadership Development & Coaching
Research & Data
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. ~ Keena M. Smith
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, Executive Dir., Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Chair
Jerry Saunders, President & CEO, APDS, Vice Chair & Sec/Treasurer
Lisa Gutierrez, President & CEO, Dos Hermanos
Moniqua Spencer, Sr. Vice President, Advantage Capital
Laura M. Comek, Esq., Attorney, Comek Law
Barbara J. Smoot, President & CEO, WELD USA (Emeritus)
Keena M. Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Victoria Murray, Customer Relationship Manager
Jessica Johnson, CFO (Fractional)
Keena M. Smith, Founder & CEO