Barnard President Debora Spar has been named to the advisory board of WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC), a new City government initiative to expand female entrepreneurship in New York, which will focus specifically on the City’s underserved communities. In this role, President Spar will support the strategic direction of the initiative and its programs.

Over the next three years, WE NYC will connect 5,000 women to free training and business services to help them start and grow their own businesses. These services will be provided by the City’s Department of Small Business Services, as well as public-private partnerships.

In a press release about today's announcement, President Spar said, "In a city like New York where there are so many opportunities for innovation and collaboration, we should be doing all we can to support women's ideas and potential. WE NYC is an important, timely effort to do exactly that, and I look forward to seeing this exciting initiative in action."

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