PRESS RELEASE

May 9, 2017

BRAVA Investments Partners With The United State of Women to Equip Future Women Leaders with Entrepreneurial Skills in New Galvanize Program

(Washington, D.C.) — Today the United State of Women (USOW) is launching the Galvanize Program, a nationwide effort geared towards turning the raw passion of women across the country into strategic action in local communities. BRAVA Investments is excited to partner with the United State of Women to deliver Entrepreneurship and Innovation training, one of 5 core tracks in the Galvanize Program. BRAVA will join USOW in six mini-summits across the country this year with events in Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Albuquerque, NM; and Philadelphia, PA.

This morning former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett released an open letter to the more than 5,000 attendees of last year’s United State of Women summit urging them to take the next step to engage more deeply in the civic process through advocacy, campaigns for elected office or entrepreneurship.

“After having the honor to support the organizers of the United State of Women Summit last year, we jumped at the invitation to provide greater access to game-changing startup skills and educate women across the country. BRAVA’s curriculum for Entrepreneurship and Innovation developed for the Galvanize Program brings together research drawn from our roots at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard college and the business acumen of our partners, advisors and investors, which include some of the top business and investment luminaries in the world.”
– Nathalie Molina Niño– CEO, BRAVA Investments, co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena at Barnard College of Columbia University

About the Galvanize Program

The Galvanize Program will allow participants to explore gender equality issues and a broad set of national and local policies that impact women and their communities. In addition to BRAVA’s Entrepreneurship track, attendees will be able to choose from 4 other topics to receive in-depth and skills-based training developed by nationwide partner organizations. Each participant will leave the Galvanize Program empowered with tools and connections to continue their work for equality in their local community and prepared to become the next generation of female leaders.

The 5 tracks include:

  • Entrepreneurship – BRAVA
  • Leadership – BossedUp
  • Political Candidates – Vote, Run, Lead
  • Campaign Management – Wellstone
  • Grassroots Organizing – Midwest Academy


After each Galvanize Program, USOW, in conjunction with 3K1A Strategies, will host an Engagement Fair for attendees to network with local organizations, non-profits, corporations, labor unions, and small businesses to turn their passion into action.

The Galvanize Program will host six mini-summits in 2017, with new cities added in 2018:

  • Chicago, Illinois: July 15-16
  • Columbus, Ohio: August 12-13
  • Atlanta, Georgia: September 9-10
  • Miami, Florida: October 28-29
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: December 2-3
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: January 2018
Media Registration

The plenary sessions of the Galvanize events will be open to the press, and media interested in attending should email press@civicnation.org to request credentials. Media registration will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

About BRAVA Investments

BRAVA invests in great companies that deliver compelling investment returns, while improving the economic lives of women, at scale. Launched at the United States of Women’s first forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2016, BRAVA is a new take on impact investing that emphasizes outcomes over optics, for both investors and for women. BRAVA exists to deliver returns to investors and real, measurable results for women.

More than an investment platform, BRAVA Investments is a holding company, inspired by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, serving investors that want to see economic returns while meaningfully addressing gender parity. The focus is on companies with proven science and technology with the potential for hyper-growth as well as on mispriced assets. BRAVA brings value to our investments with not only capital, but also expertise in creating and measuring impact on women globally.

About The United State of Women

The United State of Women (USOW) is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that provides a megaphone to lift up the individuals and organizations doing important work for the gender equality movement. USOW amplifies important issues through traditional and digital media platforms, hosts large-scale convenings, and organizes women locally to advocate for change. Launched in 2016 with a Summit co-hosted with the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, the United State of Women brings together experts, advocates, grassroots organizers, and business leaders to raise the voices of those working on all the important pieces of gender equality. USOW is taking action today to change tomorrow.

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