Monica Smiley launched Enterprising Women under her company's ownership 15 years ago and has built the publication into the best resource to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses to the next level.
With a strong social enterprise mission, Smiley has built a dynamic advisory board of more than 150 leading women entrepreneurs, corporate representatives from Fortune 500 companies with strong women's business initiatives and the presidents or executive directors of the major organizations that support women's entrepreneurship in the U.S and around the globe.
With a digital audience of one million readers in 185 countries, Enterprising Women shares the best practices of the world's top women entrepreneurs and has become the "voice of women entrepreneurs" with a strong global community of women supporting other women.
Thirteen years ago, Smiley launched the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, and each spring, the publication recognizes the world's top women entrepreneurs at a two-day conference held in Florida. Considered the most prestigious award for women entrepreneurs, business owners have traveled from as far as South Africa, China and many other countries to receive this honor.
Smiley has been recognized with the Stevie Award for "Women Helping Women," and was the first recipient of the Women Presidents' Organization Adrienne Hall Award for building bridges within the women's business community. The International Alliance of Women (TIAW) recognized her with its "TIAW World of Difference 100 Award" in recognition of her outstanding contribution in making "all the difference in the world" to the economic empowerment of women. Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) has presented her with both the "President's Award" and an "Innovator of the Year" award.