Despite any challenges that we may face, women can do anything. Honoring the entrepreneurial prowess of our industry’s female forces, Ernst & Young (EY) has selected Anouck Gotlib, CEO of Belgian Boys, as one of the founders selected for its Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ North America Class of 2021. The program provides the access, advisors, and resources needed for these women to scale their companies and ultimately become leading market innovators.
“I'm humbled to be named an EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman and grateful for the opportunity to learn from this community of inspiring leaders. This unlocks incredible personal and professional growth opportunities that will help as our Belgian Boys team navigates the path to scaling our high-growth, challenger brand,” said Gotlib.
This year’s class of women from across the U.S. and Canada span a variety of industries, with a particularly strong showing in companies offering sustainable and eco-friendly solutions. The companies are also concentrated on tech-driven solutions across many industries. The judging panel consisted of Beth Ferreira, General Partner at FirstMark Capital; Naomi Whittel, Founder of Reservage Nutrition and best-selling author; David Liu, serial entrepreneur and advisor; and Lara O’Connor Hodgson, Co-Founder and CEO of Now Corp.
“We are proud to welcome another class of driven, strategic, and ambitious founders into the EY entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Maranda Bruckner, Entrepreneurial Winning Women North America Program Lead, Ernst & Young. “We are honored to have the opportunity to foster these entrepreneurs with resources, guidance, and community to help them scale their businesses, support their missions, and reach their goals.”
The Class of 2021 will be officially recognized this week during the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, a prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
The North America program targets women business owners who are founding CEOs of any U.S. or Canadian privately held company that is 10 years old or younger. A press release stated that company revenues typically range from at least $2 million to as much as $30 million annually.
“It is crucial that we focus on women business owners and encourage female entrepreneurship,” said EY Americas Solutions Leader Cheryl Grise, who also serves as the Entrepreneurial Winning Women North America Executive Sponsor. “The Winning Women program exemplifies how, when systemic barriers are removed, women-led businesses can reach their full potential and spur immediate and long-lasting impact across sectors and the globe. The successes women founders who are part of this community have built individually and with each other are numerous and impressive. We are proud to be part of their journey.”
On an ongoing basis, Entrepreneurial Winning Women take part in additional workshops, conferences, and training sessions. They become part of the EY global community of more than 800 Entrepreneurial Winning Women in 49 countries and on every continent, forging connections with a vast community of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni throughout the world.
In a recent survey, when asked about the program’s impact on their success, 80 percent of Winning Women said it had a positive impact on their confidence and leadership to grow their businesses. Meanwhile, 66 percent said the program helped them grow and lead their team, and over half indicated the program impacted their willingness to take risks to scale their business.
“For more than 35 years, EY has been associated with great entrepreneurs worldwide,” said Lee Henderson, Americas EY Private Leader. “It is a privilege to be a part of these entrepreneurs’ business journeys. We believe opportunities available to any entrepreneur should be available to every entrepreneur, and the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program helps support our goal of closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship.”
Cheers to Anouck Gotlib on becoming part of this impressive community of women!