The Tory Burch Foundation today announced that Anita Shepherd of Anita’s Yogurt is one of the ten Fellows selected to participate in the second annual year-long Fellowship Program for women entreprenuers. The program offers Anita access to unique education, mentoring and networking opportunities including a $10,000 business education grant. Selected from an initial pool of 800+ candidates, 30 finalists participated in a public online vote with nearly 50,000 votes cast to help determine the final ten Fellows.
Laurie Fabiano, President of the Tory Burch Foundation said, “We’re delighted to grow our Fellows Program and provide a community of support for these entrepreneurs as they continue to work incredibly hard to build their companies.”
In addition to the business grant, Anita will participate in a three-day workshop at the Tory Burch offices where she will participate in a pitch competition to present her business plan in front of a judging panel of successful entrepreneurs and influencers. Based on the presentations, one Fellow will receive a $100,000 grant investment in her business.
The judges for the pitch competition will include:
- Tory Burch, Founder of the Tory Burch Foundation & CEO & Designer, Tory Burch, LLC
- William Crowder, Managing Partner, 42 Venture Partners
- Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire
- Kimberly Weisul, Editor-at-Large, Inc Magazine and Inc.com
- Joanne Wilson, Angel Investor, Blogger and Co-Founder of WE Festival
More information about the ten Fellows can be found at www.toryburchfoundation.org/Fellows.
About the Tory Burch Foundation
The Tory Burch Foundation empowers women entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education and digital resources: the Fellows Program provides ten Fellows annually with support to grow their businesses; the Tory Burch Capital Program, powered by Bank of America has distributed $25 million dollars in loans to 1,000 women entrepreneurs; more than 140 women have completed an in-depth business education course through the Tory Burch Foundation cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Education Program; and the Foundation’s website, www.ToryBurchFoundation.org, is a go-to destination for women entrepreneurs. The Foundation’s global initiative #EmbraceAmbition launched in March 2017, encouraging women everywhere to own their power, their drive and their dreams.
In the past year, the Foundation provided online tools and digital education to more than 200,000 women entrepreneurs and more than 10,000 women created their business plans on ToryBurchFoundation.org.