FOUNDER'S MESSAGE & PHILOSOPHY
In 2007, I founded Womensphere with the purpose of unleashing women's potential, and advancing the evolution of women as leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and creators all over the world. Womensphere is dedicated to empowering women and girls to lead, to create our future, and to transform our world.
At Womensphere, we believe that society and our world will evolve towards a better future if we unleash women's potential - as leaders, as innovators, as entrepreneurs, as creators, and as architects of solutions to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and directing the evolution of the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution.
This view underlies our origin, birth, and growth over the years. We are not alone in this view. International organizations from the United Nations to the World Bank and IMF, and the World Economic Forum, have built consensus around the pivotal and catalytic role played by empowering women and girls in the political, social, and economic transformation of nations and communities.
However, while women comprise half the world's population, there is a measurable, persistent, and pervasive lack of parity experienced by women and girls all over the world, across important dimensions such as economic power, economic participation, and wage parity; leadership of businesses, of complex organizations, and of corporate boards; political power and leadership in political office; funding for entrepreneurship and innovation; and advancement in science and technology.
This yawning divide is highly visible from the top: Despite being half of the world's population, women occupy very few of the top positions among the largest corporations in the world, and among nation-states. Most CEOs of the Fortune 1,000 are men, as are most of the Presidents and Prime Ministers across all the countries of the world.
As we dig deeper across many segments, the same pattern emerges: a persistent and measurable lack of parity exists across most aspects of society, across all countries around the world - an imbalance that holds back women from achieving full potential as individuals, as builders of societies, as creators of the future.
These provide the impetus for our work at Womensphere: We invest in closing gender gaps, and in empowering women and girls to create the future through leadership, innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, education, public leadership, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics). We foster communities of global and local change-makers, innovators, scientists, creators, entrepreneurs, educators, public leaders, and emerging leaders. We collaborate with great men, women, and institutions that champion gender equality and invest in women and girls.
Our work is rooted on the following philosophy and beliefs:
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that we must become the change that we seek. We believe that the seeds of change and solutions to the problems that beset humanity rest within each of us. This is why our work is dedicated to investing in women and girls – half of the world’s population – to actively evolve as individual leaders and innovators, and to actively be involved in transforming the world.
We believe that we create the reality that we experience - and therefore, we all have the power to create a better future, and a more egalitarian and more sustainable world. We take a very proactive role in mobilizing people, resources, and technology to shape outcomes towards advancing women’s evolution as leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and creators, and towards enabling women to achieving and fulfilling potential.
We believe that we will create a better, more egalitarian and more sustainable future when women and girls play an equal role in actively creating the future and transforming our world. We believe that unleashing the full potential of women and girls is necessary to advancing the evolution of our global society. At Womensphere, we actively invest in unleashing the potential of women and girls – as leaders of personal lives, of careers and organizations, of communities, and of the world. We believe that women and girls can actively transform our world through many ways – leadership, innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, social innovation, education, public leadership, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics). In unleashing their potential, we enable women and girls to actively transform our world.
We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion to fuel innovation and creative solutions. The sphere would not exist without the circles that comprise it, and a circle on its own cannot create a sphere. We believe that to truly unleash potential in oneself and others, to inspire positive transformation, to solve problems, and to create positive impact in the world – the great ideas and great leaders of our time will come from a diversity of disciplines, industries, nationalities, cultures, affiliations, generations, and backgrounds. We believe that the power of unity and collaboration of many different circles, will result in ultimately greater outcomes for women and for humanity.
We believe in the power of community to build and nurture positive change. Innovation has made this an era when individual power is at its greatest – any one person can have a voice, inspire change, and affect outcomes. We believe that success and positive change endures when a community is behind it. Thus, we believe in building, nurturing, and inspiring collaboration among a community of leaders – bringing together women and men, emerging leaders, academic institutions, networks, companies, governments, and many institutions that share our mission and purpose.
We believe that it is our individual and collective responsibility and purpose to create better realities for ourselves, for the people we care about, and for humanity – in the present and in the future.
Our work at Womensphere is an expression of these principles and philosophy.
WHAT WE DO
Womensphere empowers women and girls to boldly envision, create brighter futures, and transform our world, through innovative initiatives, impact-driven collaborations, and inspiring communities. We empower by providing inspiration, community, education, training, access to mentors/sponsors/investors, and connections for the women and girls we serve, and for our stakeholders, partnerships, and alliances.
We invest in the education and development of women and girls. We believe in the power of education in enabling women and girls to explore, imagine, and realize full potential. Thus, we are directly investing in helping scale education around the world, creating mentoring platforms for women and girls, and finding innovative ways to inspire continued learning. Given increasing complexity in the world, we also think beyond formal education – to educating women and girls towards becoming leaders, problem-solvers, creators, and innovators who will transform our world. Thus, we also invest in the continued leadership growth, innovation, and entrepreneurial development of women and girls
We seek to unleash the potential of women and girls through innovation. We take a proactive, creative approach in mobilizing people, resources, media, and technology to shape outcomes towards unleashing women’s potential, and advancing women’s evolution as leaders, innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, educators, and creators.
We seek to inspire transformation. For women and girls to achieve full potential, many parts of society must transform – individuals, corporations, institutions, communities, societies, systems. We do not seek to enforce transformation. We believe that sustainable transformation is inspired.
We reward and recognize extraordinary leadership that transforms our world. We believe in the inspiring power of stories and examples. Through the Womensphere Global Awards, we recognize individuals and institutions that are blazing trails in advancing women and girls, and in transforming communities and societies.
We amplify the impact of social good organizations and institutions. We believe in supporting and amplifying the great work of organizations advancing women and girls, from global NGOs, to academic institutions, to social enterprises.
We are building a global community and ecosystem of leaders, networks, companies, NGOs, and academic institutions around the shared mission of empowering women and girls to lead, create our future, and transform our world. We convene a diverse global community of leaders and institutions to share innovations, exchange the best ideas, and collaborate on solutions. We believe that in order to truly unleash potential in oneself and others, to inspire positive transformation, to solve problems, and to create positive impact in the world – the great ideas and great leaders of our time will come from a diversity of disciplines, industries, nationalities, cultures, affiliations, generations, and backgrounds. We believe that the power of unity and collaboration across different circles will result in ultimately greater outcomes for women and for humanity.
We believe that together, and with women and girls actively participating in creating the future, we can transform our world and create a better future for humanity and our planet.
We invite you to co-create great impact with us.
Analisa Leonor Balares
CEO & Founder, Womensphere
Analisa Leonor Balares is the CEO & Chief Innovation Officer of Womensphere, which she founded in 2007, and Chair & CEO of the Womensphere Foundation. She leads the Womensphere Innovation Lab and New Champions Womensphere Incubator Network. Since 2008, she has been the curator and convenor of the Womensphere Summits, Womensphere Festival, and Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global/Regional Summits.
Analisa is also the creator and curator of the Womensphere Global Codefest, Global Artfest, Global Videofest, and the online Global Leadership Academy focused on empowering women and girls on using leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, policy, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics) for the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
She is also a founder and global co-chair of New Champions 5050, the global initiative for gender parity and empowerment of women and girls by the Young Global Leaders community. She has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and UBS Global Visionary. She has also been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World and in America, and with the Madam CJ Walker Award by the National Minority Business Council. She serves as a Commissioner of the Women's Refugee Commission, Advisory Board Member of Music Beyond, and Member of the Women's Forum New York.
Analisa has also been recently selected as a NASA Datanaut.