A gesture is any act that will create a positive impact for female entrepreneurship. Gestures can be large or small. Examples range from simply spending an hour with a fledgling entrepreneur to impart your wisdom, through to making a large investment in a woman’s business. Gesture types include mentoring, training, volunteering, making helpful connections and introductions, donating to charities or funding a business.
With the launch of our new Pay it Forward site, we are introducing a more convenient way for you to share your story and track gestures. Through social media, we want to hear how you’ve made a positive impact on female entrepreneurship. Describe what you did and who you impacted in a simple tweet or post and include the hashtag combination #DWEN #PayitForward
. By integrating a more social component into the Pay it Forward campaign, we hope the successful women of DWEN will discover more young women to support in their entrepreneurial journey.
Organizations and individuals helped should be connected to women entrepreneurship. At the end of the day, it’s up to you – if you think that your gesture, however small, supports women entrepreneurship, either directly or indirectly, include it!
No. As long as your gesture positively impacts women entrepreneurship, you can log it in the ‘log a gesture’ page. Organizations featured on this site are Dell’s official Pay it Forward partners. They are examples of how Dell is committed to paying it forward and are listed as examples for people looking for ways to pay it forward but who may not know where to start.
Many people have told us that they’d like a way to measure their own impact as it relates to female entrepreneurship. This model allows the user to set their own goals and track achievements, allowing them to each decide how and when they want to pay it forward.
No. Only individuals can log gestures, i.e. if a company – including Dell – puts on a conference or hosts a reception, they can’t ‘count’ the number of attendees towards the total. However, if a company representative provides a talk at that event, he or she could log the attendees as an individual.
Of course! While the opportunities are focused on women anyone can participate in the Pay it Forward movement.