Ondine CEO Carolyn Cross Appointed Founding Member of Ernst & Young Global Women in Business Advisory Council

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Ondine Biomedical Inc. is pleased to announce that Carolyn Cross, its CEO and Founder, has been named a Founding Member of the Ernst & Young Global Women in Business Advisory Council. Carolyn Cross plays a significant role in Canada’s life sciences community and this council appointment complements her position as Founder and Chair of the BC Women’s Business Advisory Council.

Carolyn Cross, CEO Ondine Biomedical Inc - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

It is a great pleasure to be a part of the Ernst & Young Global Women in Business Advisory Council and I look forward to working with the inspiring women entrepreneurs who join me on this Council. - Carolyn Cross.

Ondine Biomedical Inc. is pleased to announce that Carolyn Cross, its CEO and Founder, has been named a Founding Member of the Ernst & Young Global Women in Business Advisory Council. Carolyn Cross plays a significant role in Canada’s life sciences community and this council appointment complements her position as Founder and Chair of the BC Women’s Business Advisory Council.

The world’s women entrepreneurs have a new resource to help them accelerate their successes: the EY Global Women in Business Advisory Council. The Council is designed to harness the insights and experiences of top women entrepreneurs from around the world, consider the challenges faced by women in business today, and help promote opportunities and economic empowerment for all women who own and operate their own businesses.

The Global Women in Business Advisory Council has been established to provide women with information, networks and guidance to facilitate access mentors, networks and capital. A primary objective of the Council will be to provide a strong network so that women can:

  •     Share and learn from each other
  •     Access funding and capital networks
  •     Formalize mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities
  •     Be inspired by each other
  •     Demonstrate best practices

“Ernst and Young wants to encourage the development and success of Women Entrepreneurs around the world,” says Global Vice Chair Maria Pinelli, who spearheads the new initiative. For the past decade, Ms. Pinelli has been a leader in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) award program, the entrepreneurial world’s most prestigious, highly competitive and independently judged global business honor.

“Entrepreneurs are more important than ever– especially in the emerging markets. Women own a third of all businesses in the world, nearly half of which are in the developing countries. Combined with the rapid growth of the middle class around the world, success of the world’s women entrepreneurs will continue to have a dramatic impact on global economies. If women started businesses with the same capital as men, the US alone would have 6 million more jobs,” says Ms. Pinelli.

“I am thrilled that global powerhouse, Ernst & Young, goes beyond just recognizing the importance of women entrepreneurs in the global economy, but has taken significant action. By creating and facilitating a dedicated council, Ernst & Young has demonstrated its willingness to commit resources and its worldwide network to support the success of global women in their own businesses. It is a great pleasure to be a part of the Ernst & Young Global Women in Business Advisory Council and I look forward to working with the inspiring women entrepreneurs who join me on this Council,” says Carolyn Cross.

The success of women-owned businesses as well as their impact on global jobs, economies and support of youth employment is well documented. A recent study from the EY Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation shows that women EOY winners are more optimistic about their local economies than their male counterparts (88% versus 71% feel confident) and intend to hire in their home markets more than men (by 73% to 69%).

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