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AEO Congratulates Connie E. Evans, Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Legacy Award Honoree

Wednesday, March 12, 2014  
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“Connie Evans is indeed a trailblazer and most deserving of this honor.I have known Connie for over 20 years, and the day I met her... I knew she was an innovative and inspiring leader. Her leadership in creating economic empowerment for women and girls has been pivotal in the landscape of forging entrepreneurial education and access to capital.As the CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), Connie has taken the organization into a new realm of sustainability and promise for job creation and economic prosperity. Women and girls suffer from a lack of knowledge, and Connie has commented that her work nationally and internationally will always be a beacon of opportunity for those seeking a purposeful life.”

- Patricia Harris

Chairperson, AEO Board of Directors

Congratulations Connie!

As a Women of Vision Legacy Award honoree, this week the Foundation is featuring Connie’s profile on Facebook here:

Please visit, like and share! You can read Connie’s full profile here and below.

Celebrating Trailblazers

Connie Evans

"When people see a neighborhood woman starting a inspires change. These women become role models for their children and for other families in the neighborhood. It's a powerful catalyst."

Connie Evans has pioneered powerful policies to move low-income families out of poverty. She is the founding president of longtime Ms. Foundation grantee the Women's Self-Employment Project (WSEP), providing microenterprise training and microloans to low-income women entrepreneurs and implementing a peer lending system.

One of WSEP's most important innovations was the CARE Entrepreneurial Training Program, which helped transition women welfare recipients into becoming business owners by training them as home-based child care providers, simultaneously helping to improve access to affordable, quality child care in their communities. Participants were guided in a twelve-week program to develop business plans and earn their child care license. CARE provided a $1,500 line of credit and other services, such as Individual Development Accounts that match savings to offset business expenses or buy a home.

Connie is an important example of the Ms. Foundation's legacy of trusting grassroots leaders by investing early and with significant resources. Connie contributed to the Ms. Foundation-supported book Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs: How Eleven Women Escaped Poverty and Became Their Own Bosses and served on our Board of Directors.

Connie went on to influence policy on a larger scale. She has received appointments from President Clinton, the U.S. Delegation to preparatory meetings for the Summit of the Americas, the U.S. Delegation to preparatory meetings for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and for Beijing Plus Five.

Learn more about powerful anti-poverty policies from the innovator herself at our 40th-anniversary celebration!

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