The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) invests in the next generation of business leaders on National Student Future Ready Day


National Future Ready Student Day is an event designed to educate and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders through engaging and interactive educational programs, weaving together business, entrepreneurship and education industry-specific in innovative activities that challenge and expand student thinking.

The first National Future Ready Students Day will be held at Club Boulevard Magnet Elementary School in Durham, North Carolinawhere more than 150 fourth and fifth graders will be immersed in a day-long interactive entrepreneurship development program, with a particular focus on team building and collaboration.

“Investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs is a critical part of our overall mission,” says Pamela Prince Eason, President and CEO of WBENC. “National Future Ready Student Day provides a special opportunity to educate and inspire future leaders in business, especially in STEAM fields.”

Corporate members of the WBENC have also rallied to the effort. National Student Future Ready Day 2019 is sponsored by General Motors and Bristol-Myers Squibb, who not only provide financial support for the program but also host sessions with students.

“At GM, we have worked closely with WBENC over the years to build and nurture a pipeline of diverse and innovative suppliers,” said Reginald Humphrey, Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity at General Motors. “The Planet Mogul program and the National Student Future Ready Day allow us to share our wisdom, but also to be inspired by future leaders and changemakers.”

Farryn Melton, SVP and Chief Procurement Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb says it’s important for young people to see like-minded leaders. “Our involvement with Planet Mogul and National Student Future Ready Day is truly an extension of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and it starts with the youngest generation. Helping young students broaden their horizons and see a future in through the eyes of today’s leaders is incredibly powerful.”

With the support of Corporate Members, WBENC and Planet Mogul seek to expand National Student Future Ready Day in future years to reach more students and continue to help them gain the skills and motivation needed to make them “ready for the future”.

For more information on National Future Ready Student Day, please visit

About the WBENC
WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of women-owned, controlled and operated businesses in United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to deliver its world-class certification standard to women-owned businesses nationwide. WBENC is also the leading national advocate for women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities to member companies, government agencies, and more than 15,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more at

SOURCE National Council of Women Entrepreneurs

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