Women entrepreneurs: building inclusivity and tackling world-scale challenges

Sustainability scholar Amanda Ellis co-hosted this on-demand episode of the Intersectionality and Inclusion series, sponsored by the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The event featured three women entrepreneurs who were honored by the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge, which Ellis co-chairs.

An abriged event description follows. Read more and register for the on-demand episode.

Women entrepreneurs: building inclusivity and tackling world-scale challenges
No two women experience disempowerment in the same way.

Aspects of identity — from gender, to race, to class background, to national origin, — impact the way that women experience challenges. It follows that empowering women requires different kinds of work and different kinds of change.

We speak to three successful entrepreneurs, Christelle Kwizera, Alison Price and Leah Lizarondo, who have not only founded entrepreneurial businesses in male-dominated fields but are also using their work to tackle climate change and sustainability issues. We ask them how they navigated their way through challenges to come out on top.

Co-hosting the event with Dr Bridget Kustin is Amanda Ellis, co-chair of the WE Empower United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Challenge. Christelle, Alison and Leah have been recognised for their achievements by WE Empower who run a global business competition to honour, support and celebrate women entrepreneurs who are advancing the SDGs and inspiring communities to create the world we want by 2030.


  • Amanda Ellis, Co-chair, WE Empower
  • Leah Lizarondo, CEO & Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue
  • Alison Price, Managing Director, SoilCyclers
  • Christelle Kwizera, Founder & MD, Water Access Rwanda
  • Dr Bridget Kutsin, Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford