Women and Entrepreneurship

On June 22, Ambassador Alexa Wesner, a former entrepreneur, participated in a panel discussion on “Women and Entrepreneurship” at Amerika Haus Vienna. The evening was organized by the U.S Embassy Vienna in cooperation with the Austrian Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright Women’s Roundtable. On the panel the Ambassador was joined by Professor Dianne H.B. Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, recent Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at WU Wien, and Selma Prodanovic, entrepreneur, philanthropist and business angelina.

In her opening remarks, Ambassador Wesner called for gender equality arguing that equal treatment of men and women will bring about increased economic prosperity. Selma Prodanovic underscored the important role of entrepreneurs, who tend to see problems as opportunities which enables them to create solutions. Dianne Welsh, quoting a recent survey she conducted among women entrepreneurs worldwide, underscored women’s skillsets, such as management and interpersonal skills. She called for a change in educational codes to also include cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship in order to allow women to rise to the top more often.