About EWF International

Our Mission

To create more vibrant economies and improve company performance by increasing the number of women in business leadership and ownership.

How We Get There

In order to increase representation, we must address the entire promotion pipeline. EWF has built an ecosystem of programming and communities that meet women where they are in their careers, and equip and empower them to get where they want to go. We help companies invest in the female leaders of today to drive better performance, and develop the leaders of tomorrow to move their companies forward. Our programs are actionable, proven, and focus on growth areas and skills directly tied to higher promotion rates, better performance, and more impact for women and the companies they’re growing.

Our History

EWF International was founded in Oklahoma in 1998 with a focus on consulting and supporting female business owners. Within its first 10 years, EWF added forums and events for female executives and broadened its impact. In 2013, Tanis Cornell became the Dallas Licensee and in 2015, she launched the first cohort of Emerging Leaders, planting the seeds for greater expansion. In late 2017, Tanis Cornell and Jennifer Carter partnered to acquire the parent company and moved its headquarters to Dallas, TX. Since that time, they have expanded EWF’s offerings to include a dynamic ecosystem of programs for women and companies across career and business stages, including: executives, business owners, early- and mid-career women, corporate leadership development programs, speaking and facilitation, individualized coaching, and educational resources and events.

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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

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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 500 to 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.

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Jennifer Carter, President

Jennifer Carter is a seasoned leader, catalyst, entrepreneur, and advisor with 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-after speaker on women in business, business strategy, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and career navigation. She’s an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and a member of the Dallas Business Journal’s Leadership 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

Elizabeth Lions, Practice Lead – Career Coaching

Elizabeth Lions is a consummate expert in hiring, employment trends, and career transition, having read more than 122,000 resumes across industry sectors. Specializing in helping already successful leaders stay motivated and focused throughout the job search process, Elizabeth is a sought-after coach, speaker, and three time best-selling author. Candid, direct, and inspiring, her proven approach helps clients move beyond the surface to find their best strengths, confront their challenges, and find the role that positions them to excel.

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