Keena Smith, Founder
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
WCEO will inform and inspire, connect and call to action,
elevate and empower to a higher economic status 25,000 women of color business owners, leaders and innovators
and create 225 jobs by 2025.
Online Classes & Webinars
Access to Capital
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.
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
Keena M. Smith, Founder & CEO