Nell Merlino is the Driving Force behind many programs that help women and should be on any power list of the Top 10 Women who use their Power to help other Women. Through the organization Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, which she founded, Nell has helped 70,000 women whose companies employ over 200,000 people. Count Me In has created over 20,000 jobs and raised $20 million from donors like Amercian Express and others which has led to over $200 million in revenues at companies run by women. Count Me In also runs the Urban Rebound initiative for women business owners in the greater Los Angeles, Detroit, Brooklyn and North Carolina regions funded by a grant from the Sam’s Club Giving Program.
Nell is the driving force behind other programs that help as well. Who can forget the impact of Take your Daughters to Work day, another one of Nell's ideas? Since that program began 20 years ago, over 14 million girls have participated. It is still going strong even today as takeourdaughtersandsonstowork.org.
And now Nell has a new mission - to help women veterans and spouses of veterans build businesses. The Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps is a new initiative at Count Me In. Capital One has already committed $800,000 to the program.
Watch Nell explain why she spends her time and energy helping women. Nell believes we need to "bring what we are" to everything we do!