About EWF International

Founded in 1998, EWF International began with a focus on training and consulting, and over the years evolved into the powerful company it is today by adding peer advisory groups to facilitate leadership development and business growth, educational events, and coaching for women in business, and an Emerging Leaders Program to equip and empower leaders rising through the ranks.

Today, EWF delivers strategic, actionable advice and support to ensure the continued growth and advancement of women in business. We are focused on increasing the representation of women in senior leadership and business ownership by providing resources, community, and support throughout women’s leadership lifecycle.

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Female leaders are great for business, but they’re still not being promoted or funded on pace with their male peers. EWF International commits to helping change that.

While female business ownership in the U.S. is on the rise – up to 30% in 2017 – women-owned companies still only attract 5% of the nation’s equity capital.


women-owned companies attract 5% nation's equity
paid 20% less than men

On average, women in the U.S. are paid 20% less than men.


Women make up only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs, only 7 percent of top executives in the Fortune 100 companies, and only 10 percent of top management positions in S&P 1500 companies.


5% women fortune 500 CEOs, 7% women fortune 100 top execs, 10% women S&P 1500 top management

EWF Board of Advisors

brenda boehm

Brenda Boehm

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Heather Capps

valerie freeman

Valerie Freeman

toni portmann

Toni Portmann

jeanine sandstorm

Jeannine Sandstrom

Neelu Sethi

Neelu Sethi

Nancy Shemwell

Nancy Shemwell

Gertrude Van Horn

Gertrude Van Horn

Catherine Walsh

Catherine Walsh

Gail Warrior

Gail Warrior

EWF Leadership

Tanis Cornell, CEO


Tanis Cornell possesses a broad background in senior leadership positions ranging from Fortune 500to start-up environments. Featured in Sales and Marketing Management Magazine, Tanis has led organizations in rapidly growing their business and developing the organizational structure needed to succeed. She brings over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, executive management, sales and alliance management, brand management, marketing and communications, change management, entrepreneurship, leadership coaching, and professional facilitation.

As the CEO of EWF International, she can personally relate to the challenges women business owners and executives face on a daily basis. She is passionate about helping women leaders grow their businesses, increase their effectiveness, gain access to the skills and knowledge needed to excel, and meet their personal and professional goals. Tanis is an accredited executive coach, groupfacilitator, and a certified Lumina Learning practitioner. Tanis is a sought-after speaker on women’s career issues, business growth, and sales and marketing issues.

Jennifer Carter, President


Jennifer Carter is a seasoned leader, catalyst, entrepreneur,and advisor with nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing, building brands, shaping product, managing change, scaling companies, and transforming cultures. Always focused on shaping the fundamentals required for growth, she’s worked with a variety of companies, from Fortune 500to start ups to non-profits and grant-funded organizations focused on social change.

Jennifer is a writer and sought-afterspeaker on women in business, business strategy, and career navigation. She’s an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programand a member of the Dallas Business Journal’sLeadership Trust. She’s part of a double-entrepreneur household with her husband Jack, and is always on the lookout for partnerships and opportunities to help change the world

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