Encourage. Empower. Motivate.

Starting a business is a difficult process, wrought with all kinds of challenges along the way. Reports show that women end up starting only 20% of all businesses, despite making up a majority of the working population. If you dig deeper you’ll find that an even smaller percentage of business owners are minority female-owned businesses. Supporting women entrepreneurs is critical to the success of our country.

There are over 252 million women entrepreneurs and around 34% of US businesses are women owned!

Who We Are

Women Making Moves aims to build a support program for this largely underrepresented and underserved population. WMM offers mentorship, resources, and a collaborative environment where women can thrive and grow in their businesses. WMM provides women entrepreneurs with a platform through which they can connect, build relationships, and take their business leadership skills to the next level.

To participate in WMM, you must be affiliated with the University of Miami.

  • Commit to Bi-weekly meetings 
  • Self-starter who is comfortable working with other entrepreneurs 
  • Motivated individual or team with an entrepreneurial spirit and a team player 
  • Abide by Launchpad’s policies and practices 
  • This opportunity is open to anyone who identifies as a female
  • Impactful resources to drive business results
  • Networking sessions and a variety of topic series
  • Team building experiences in a collaborative environment
  • Mentorship sessions focused on helping students launch their business idea
  • Comprehensive workshops from skill building to scaling 

Our Summer 2023 application is now open! Apply here.

  • “I found the experience to be very uplifting. It also encouraged me to be more intentional each week as I had to share my progress with others.    ”
    Anndrina Arne, Business ’23
  • “Having a space where I can listen to others share their progress in their endeavors motivates me to make progress in mine. When left alone, I tend to push action items off, however, this program has inspired me to get the ball rolling and to keep it rolling. Currently, I'm in the planning/preparing phase of my business. When I start during the semester, this program will help me to keep going.”
    Valeria Feliciano, Communications ’23

Meet the Team

Samantha Palmer-Shields
Assistant Director
Brigitte Cardenas
Consultant & Project Lead
Joya Lahoud
Consultant & Project Lead
Mia Porter
Consultant & Project Lead

“Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.” Barbara Ann Corcoran, Founder, The Corcoran Group