Count Me In:  Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps
I am happy to share with you all that I will be in Washington, DC in April at the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corpsconvention.  It is a huge honor to be included in this collaborative leadership network of powerful women.  Come join us!
I had the honor of having breakfast with Nell Merlino.  She offered to have me join her in DC for her upcoming events as her guest!  I am so excited!
Come join us on Wednesday for the events:
Count Me In is pleased to partner with MASSIVE CHANGE NETWORK to bring you the 2014 Leadership Institute! 
The Count Me In Leadership Institute: Thrive with Massive Change is two-day immersive experience especially designed for Count Me In award winners and finalists from all programs, and any woman who wants to stand on the conceptual cutting edge of design and its impact on life, work and business.
In order to meet the challenges of the modern world, women business owners must successfully transition from the 20th century model of leadership by business administration to the 21st century model of leadership by design.  In conjunction with Bruce Mau of Massive Change Network, the Institute presents  a revolutionary new way of thinking about that change.
We’ve assembled a roster of the nation’s leading small business and Massive Change experts to provide the insights needed to empower women entrepreneurs to become design creators at any and all stages of their business growth.
Change your thinking; change your life!
In the 21st century, our life experience is a design experience. The quality of our design is the quality of our life. If our design is poor, our life is poor. If our design is great — our life is great along with it. If our design supports life, then the life around us flourishes. That is why design matters. It determines the quality of our life.– Bruce Mau


  • A revolutionary way of thinking and dealing with change as a function of design. Everything is a designed system and we are all design leaders in our business and in our lives.
  • A methodology that teaches how to anticipate, create, and participate in change, instead of ignoring or being victimized by it.
  • Taught by world renowned expert design innovator, Bruce Mau. Bruce has helped countries and global companies including Coca Cola, MTV, Great Britain and Saudia Arabia prepare for and direct change for decades to come.
  • A collaboration with Count Me In that infuses Feminine Bias and the power and perspective of women entrepreneurs with precepts of Massive Change.
  • A time to practice this new methodology so that you can use it in your business and in your life.
  • A place for direct interface with experts and intimate networking with peers.


nell-thumbNell Merlino is an international expert and advocate for women’s leadership, business growth and empowerment. She is the creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which has mobilized more than 20 million Americans to participate in a day dedicated to giving girls the opportunity to dream bigger about their future. The media regularly interviews Nell where she is responsible for the generation of over a billion media mentions drawing attention to the accomplishments and challenges faced by women and girls. Most recently, Nell launched Feminine Bias, an activist think tank dedicated to meeting economic, social and environmental challenges by building a female value chain.
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources for women to grow their micro businesses into million $ enterprises, was also founded by Nell Merlino in 2000. The organization’s programs include Make Mine a Million $ Business which she launched with Hillary Clinton and American Express in 2006Urban Rebound, funded by the Walmart Foundation to help women owned businesses in distressed cities recover from the Recession and Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps, founded with Capital One, serving women business owners from military families.
Internationally, Nell serves as a Judge for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards which identifies and supports young women entrepreneurs globally who are solving critical problems with their products. For Coca Cola, Nell has designed the pilot for Coke’s 5by20 women’s empowerment program in North America. Nell was also an integral part of Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment program launch and currently sits on the Walmart Women-Owned Business Advisory Committee (WOBAC) helping the company spend $20 billion with women-owned suppliers by 2016. She was a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), and served as a Pathways Envoy for the U.S. State Department to promote women’s business growth throughout South and North America during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.
Nell is the author “Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want it Their Way in Life, in Love, and at Work from Broadway Books, available on Amazon.