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Alumnae Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur is one of those sexy French words that has more to do with patience and perseverance than enterprise and business. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of the American economic landscape and women play a major role in that picture.

According to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express Open, there are more than 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that collectively generate more than $1.3 trillion in revenues to the economy. In that mix includes Spelman alumnae who generate annual revenues up to $6 million. Read about some of our Spelman sisters who are part of the fabric that nourishes the American economy.

Our Entrepreneurs

  • Spelman Students Lead the Way as Innovation Fellows

    Innovation Lab
    November 2023

    Three Spelman student leaders were among more than 200 candidates recently selected for Stanford University’s Innovation Fellows program, a global opportunity that empowers students to become change agents for their schools and communities.

  • "Black American Portraits" Symposium Opening Conversation

    Black American Portraits
    March 2023

    Artists Bisa Butler, Calida Rawls, and Amy Sherald led a historic discussion during last week’s "Black American Portraits Symposium Opening Conversation" in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center Auditorium on Mar. 2. The livestreamed event was moderated by author Naima Keith and hosted by the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the Atlanta University Center Art + Curatorial Studies Collective.

  • Spelpreneur: Chat with Entrepreneurs in the Hair Industry

    March 2023

    Recognizing Black History Month, Spelman’s Spelpreneur program hosted a chat with a panel of five creative innovators in the Black Hair Care industry. Speakers joined virtually for the hour-long event, bringing students and guests a wealth of knowledge coming from the fields of entertainment, STEM, and entrepreneurship.

  • Roundtable Discussion Tackles Wealth Building in the Black Community

    Center for Black Entrepreneurship
    March 2023

    On February 16, federal, state and local elected officials; business leaders; entrepreneurs; faculty gathered at the Spelman College Innovation Lab for a roundtable discussion centered on how the Center for Black Entrepreneurship (CBE) will expand wealth-building across the Black community. Spelman and Morehouse College students also got the chance to showcase their work and get first-hand access and feedback from these top leaders.

  • Precious Williams: Leading Executives to "Slay All Competition"

    Precious Williams
    February 2023

    Precious Williams, J.D., C’2001, is helping women entrepreneurs and business leaders take their speaking skills to the next level as the founder and CEO of Perfect Pitches by Precious.