GC4W Entrepreneurship Ball Honors Women in Business

Denise Williams
4 min readMar 6, 2019


Global Connection for Women foundation rang in another year with an amazing charity event held in trendy downtown Manhattan, NY at the Harvard Club.

Lilian Ajayi-Ore Founder & CEO Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4Women.org) Photo by Cindy Ord Getty Images for GC4W Entrepreneurship Ball

The Founder & CEO of Global Connection for Women foundation Lilian Ajayi-Ore described the inception of her entrepreneurial journey. Stating, “As a young African girl, growing up in Africa, in an environment where injustice, inequality, oppression were predominant in an autocratic place. Many of whom were impacted by this long-suffering were women and children. I knew at that young age of 10 years old that I knew very little about how to drive any sort of change in that environment. Now fast forward 20 plus years later. Though some advances have been recognized for advancing the rights of women and girls globally — more actions are still required. My purpose and mission in creating the Global Connection for Women Foundation @GC4Women is to connect, educate, and create new pathways for women and girls to succeed globally.”

Bonita Thompson (L) and Lilian Ajayi-Ore (R) at the GC4W Entrepreneurship Ball at The Harvard Club on March 1, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GC4W Entrepreneurship Ball)

“The Entrepreneurship Ball, marked a very special moment in time, as we gathered to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of female entrepreneurs.” GC4W

The GC4W Host committee

GC4W Entrepreneurship Ball Host Committee: Summer YL (left), Francesca Vuillemin, Alisa Rusanoff, Laura Day Webb, Lilian Ajayi-Ore and Lana Pozhidaeva (right) Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GC4W Entrepreneurship Ball

The organization celebrated women entrepreneurs across the map. The unsung heroes in our midst. The star-studded event also gave the stage to World Bank CEO Dr. Jim Kim.

GC4W Entrepreneurship Ball Moderator, Bonita Thompson (L) NY Times Bestselling Author and Dr. Jim Kim CEO of World Bank Photo by Cindy Ord

“I’m inspired by the global connection for women foundation, an organization dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs in New York City and around the world. When women are given this type of support, it benefits all of us”

Bonita Thompson, Business Leader of the Year Honoree.

NEW YORK, NY — MARCH 01: Founder and CEO of GC4W, Lilian Ajayi-Ore and husband Alexander “Lexx” Ore, an Award-Winning Film Maker, and Vice President in Financial Services. Photo by Cindy Ord

The star-studded event welcomed big-name guest including Rebecca Minkoff, and television entertainment segment Anchor Ojinka Obiekwe and the beautiful Jenna Blaha, Fashion and Tech Editor, ELLE Magazine.

Ojinika Obiekwe Entertainment Anchor and Lifestyle correspondent at WPIX-TV speaking during the Global Connection for Women foundation Entrepreneurship Ball. Photo by Cindy Ord
Photo by Cindy Ord

A prominent list of GC4W Award honorees and guests and included:

  • Celebrity Designer / Business Innovator/ Founder of Rebecca Minkoff;
  • Bonita Thompson, New York Times Bestselling Author / Executive Coach / Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s Top 100 Coaches
  • Alison Wyatt, Angel Investor & Co-Founder, GirlBoss;
  • Towanna Burrous, President & Founder, CoachDiversityInstitute;
  • Sutian Dong, Partner, Female Founders Fund;
  • Kathleen Griffith, Founder & CEO, Grayce & Co.;
  • Sarah LaFleur, Founder & CEO, MM.LaFleur;
  • Janett Liriano, Chief Executive Officer, Loomia/ Forbes 30 Under 30
  • Lana Pozhidaeva, Founder, Wetalks;
  • Heather Hartnett, CEO & Founding Partner, Human Ventures;
  • Maggie Arvedlund, Managing Partner, Turning Rock Partners; Including Startup of the Year: Venture University. Other noted guests include
  • Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor in Chief, Inc. Magazine,
  • Jenna Blaha, Fashion and Tech Editor, ELLE Magazine
  • Princess Mathilda Mélusine Ruspoli.
Photo by Cindy Ord

The evening concluded with an electrifying performance from recording artist and UN Youth Ambassador, Tennille Amor, who debuted her new single EQUALS. Amor was featured by Sean “Diddy” Combs as one of Billboard and DeLeon’s Top 100 artist to watch.

To learn more about how you can be a part of this organization and support Global Connections for Women foundation mission. Help GC4W meet their funding goals. GC4W Committee asks for your financial support in helping them reach their goal by making a small donation today. With your financial support, they can further GC4W commitment to supporting other entrepreneurs in their endeavors.

The proceeds will benefit the GC4W Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund, which ensures that female entrepreneurs get the financial support and encouragement they need to bring their business ideas to the global marketplace.



Denise Williams

Denise Ajayi Williams is a bestselling children’s book author of Akiti The Hunter (1st African Action Superhero) & Founder of WM-Journal created by millennials.