Elle Ballard, founder and Executive Director of the Women of the World Network, joins Mary Ann Faremouth on this episode of Career Can Do to share her insights on empowering multinational women. Elle’s journey from corporate marketing to establishing a thriving community to advance the professional and personal growth of women worldwide is indeed inspirational. In this episode, Elle reflects on the inception of Women of the World, its significant achievements, and her plans for the future. See more +
Elle’s journey from Kazakhstan to corporate America fueled her passion for creating a supportive space for women building businesses in new countries. The Women of the World Network, with 22 represented countries, is a result of her vision. The community provides visibility and partnership opportunities, fostering collaboration among its members. Elle tells Mary Ann, “Women of the World Network is really where my heart is, my way of giving back to humanity, to elevate and support women in their businesses.”
Women of the World boasts various achievements, including publishing 3 books and having 45 authors achieving bestselling status. The organization boasts over 10 member events monthly and a podcast featuring extraordinary women. Elle announces the addition of international retreats, starting with Turkey in the spring. Their fourth book dedicated to women in business will soon be published, and a deep-dive program is imminent. The E Academy is an opportunity for members to showcase their skills and expertise through webinars and workshops. Elle emphasizes the platform’s flexibility, allowing members to organize events at their own pace. This initiative not only promotes networking but also helps members build their businesses.
Mary Ann and Elle discuss Elle’s unique approach to personal and professional growth. Elle stresses the importance of taking time for yourself. She encourages listeners to ask, ‘What do I want?’ as a foundational step towards creating a fulfilling life. “We can create anything we desire …if we are intentional with it,” she remarks. Elle emphasizes the beauty of the journey of life itself, advising listeners to keep an open mind and be adaptable. “Being flexible and having an open mind, that’s the key to everything in life, I believe,” she says.
As Women of the World approaches its 50th anniversary, Elle expresses gratitude and invites listeners to join their upcoming conference in California on March 9, promising an in-person event filled with inspiration and growth opportunities. See less –