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Jane Walker • IFundWomen

Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker, a whisky that celebrates the achievements of women and all those pushing boundaries towards gender equality, wants to see more firsts for women.

Recent years have been defined by firsts – firsts that disrupted our way of life and tested us, but also strengthened us, and propelled us forward towards a more equitable future. Perhaps the biggest firsts of all have been firsts for women -  like the first statue of real women installed in New York City’s Central Park, the first woman to be named CEO of a major U.S. banking institution, and of course, the first female Vice President in our country’s 244-year history.

Issuing an Open Letter in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, Jane Walker launched the First Women campaign to celebrate those boundary breaking moments and to support others on the journey towards a monumental first. Read the full Open Letter here.

As part of the First Women campaign, Jane Walker and IFundWomen have teamed up to help create more opportunities for women to achieve their goals. Jane Walker will be funding a total of 30 groundbreaking women-owned businesses through the end of the year. Businesses will be selected across the Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, STEM, Journalism and Hospitality industries to receive a $10K grant plus a one-year Annual Coaching Membership on IFundWomen.

Together, we are funding businesses identified in collaboration with a network of powerful icons who’ve broken through in culture and paved the way for more seconds, thirds and fourths to follow. If you are a woman entrepreneur whose business is pushing boundaries to create a more vibrant, diverse world, apply today!

Angel City Football Club selects MODEFYwear 

As the ACFC (Angel City Football Club) raises a toast to its new partnership with Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker, they are further affirming their commitment to gender equality and breaking down barriers to elevate women.  That is why the ACFC selected Melissa Scott, Founder of MODEFYwear, as a Jane Walker • IFundWomen First Women Program Grant Recipient.  Learn more about how MODEFYwear is defying the odds with their modest swimwear and athletic garments, and meet more of the groundbreaking recipients below selected by powerful women icons.

Natalie Perez & Meredith Yinger
Founder of She TV Media

She TV Go is an unstoppable and innovative streaming platform empowering female and minority voices to share their stories. She TV Go provides a platform for rising and professional underrepresented filmmakers to premiere their work, gain access to exclusive, affordable, and socially conscious content, and apply for specialized grants for filmmakers across the nation. She TV Media is a She TV Go’s production company, focused on telling inspiring stories of empowered women, all while including women in the entire filmmaking process – from ideation to execution.

Kenzel Fallen
Founder of Three Keys Coffee

The coffee industry, notably the coffee roasting industry, has traditionally been dominated by men. Through Three Keys, Kenzel Fallen showcases imagery that pushes women coffee producers, women jazz artists, and women contributions to the forefront. Three Keys is a positive disrupter in the specialty coffee industry, providing a new perspective about how coffee can be enjoyed and consumed.

Jessica Weiss
Founder of Trix Magazine

Selected by First Women Icon, Billie Jean King, as a recipient for this program, Trix is a global media platform for and by women that counters gender bias and fosters connection through journalism, thought leadership, and member benefits. 

C. Zawadi Morris
Founder of BK Reader

BK Reader was selected as a recipient for this program in part by Elaine Welteroth, as it is the first and only black-owned and woman-owned daily community news site in New York State.  This community newspaper covers the most underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods across central and east Brooklyn.

Carolyn Pitt
Founder of Film Connx

Film Connx was chosen for this program, with the help of Halle Berry, as the premiere job marketplace for production that connects studios, music labels, and brands to vetted local crew, operating out of Atlanta, GA.

Ginny Suss

Hand-selected by Salt N' Pepa as recipients for this program, Resistance Revival Chorus is the first all-women chorus amplifying activism, social justice, and the voices of over 60 women and non-binary singers.

Kweighbaye Kotee

The Bushwick Film Festival has been recognized by Lucy Liu for paving the way for underrepresented creators in the film & entertainment industry through a first-of-its-kind platform in Brooklyn, NY. The festival is committed to community building, empowering underrepresented storytellers, and increasing diversity in film and other forms of media through year-round programming.

Netta Dobbins
Founder of Mimconnect

With the help of Rita Moreno, Mimconnect was selected as a recipient for this program for being the most engaged digital network helping Black and brown professionals navigate & advance in their careers in media, tech and beyond. 

Enjoy Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker and toast to First Women.


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