Monica Smiley is the editor and publisher of Enterprising Women, a national and now global magazine she and her team launched in May 2000 to provide a strong voice for women entrepreneurs. Enterprising Women provides a friendly meeting place where women business owners share best practices and inspire one another to grow their businesses to the next level. The magazine is available in print and digital editions, and is supplemented by a monthly e-zine available through the publication’s website at www.enterprisingwomen.com. The Enterprising Women community extends to more than a million women entrepreneurs in 185 countries around the globe. Smiley also serves as president of the Enterprising Women Foundation, a nonprofit she founded in 2010 to encourage philanthropy among women entrepreneurs and support initiatives to strengthen women’s entrepreneurship in the U.S. and globally.
The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, now in its 16th year, honors the top 100 women entrepreneurs from around the globe at a two-day event held each spring. Monica serves on the Board of Directors for IEEW and has been a mentor in the program for the past nine years. An award-winning journalist, Smiley has more than 35 years of magazine publishing experience and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the first Adrienne Hall Award presented by the Women Presidents’ Organization in recognition of her work to build bridges and alliances within the women’s business community, and the President’s Award from Women Impacting Public Policy. She received the 2013 Gold Stevie Award for “Women Helping Women” and The International Alliance for Women’s “World of Difference 100 Award.” Folio magazine named Monica to its 2015 list of “Top Women in Media.” In 2015, she was recognized by STEMConnector.org and the Million Women Mentors Program for her work with the Enterprising Women Foundation’s National Mentorship Initiative to inspire the next generation of Young Enterprising Women. She received the 2016 ATHENA National Leadership Award and the 2017 National NAWBO Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award. She has been a speaker and a delegate at the Global Summit of Women in Morocco, Germany, China, Chile, Turkey, Greece and France. She has served on the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) National Advisory Council and the Board of Governors for the Athena PowerLink program in Raleigh, North Carolina. Monica resides in Cary, North Carolina and is the mother of two sons, stepmom to three adult children, and has six grandchildren.
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