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Founder Dee Poku talks launching All-Female Other Festival in New York. The Other Festival is bringing major girl power to New York. Billed as the “first all-female festival,” the one-day event is loaded with panels from female entrepreneurs followed by a concert . Read more

Founder Dee Poku talks launching All-Female Other Festival in New York. The Other Festival is bringing major girl power to New York. Billed as the “first all-female festival,” the one-day event is loaded with panels from female entrepreneurs followed by a concert .

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The idea for the Other Festival came to me a few years ago after I attended several large-scale music festivals and noticed a disproportionately high number of young women in the audience compared to female performers on stage. It made me realize that, despite the fact women drive 80% of consumer purchases, our economic influence is not reflected in social positioning. Read more

The idea for the Other Festival came to me a few years ago after I attended several large-scale music festivals and noticed a disproportionately high number of young women in the audience compared to female performers on stage. It made me realize that, despite the fact women drive 80% of consumer purchases, our economic influence is not reflected in social positioning.

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Eleven women at the center of New York's digital scene have gone out of their way to spread the love. They are entrepreneurs, writers, attorneys and journalists. They organize TEDWomen, wimlink, WIE Symposium and the the best breakfast in town. They have advice for you. Read more

Eleven women at the center of New York's digital scene have gone out of their way to spread the love. They are entrepreneurs, writers, attorneys and journalists. They organize TEDWomen, wimlink, WIE Symposium and the the best breakfast in town. They have advice for you.

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It made us wonder, who are the real Wonder Women out there? Marisa Marchetto set out to find them. From the halls of Tina Brown's Women in the World conference, where Hillary Clinton addressed a room full of powerful ladies, to Tracy Anderson's workout studio and the streets of Park Avenue, she found real-life incarnations of Wonder Woman everywhere, and they taught her a lesson in style and inner strength. Read more

It made us wonder, who are the real Wonder Women out there? Marisa Marchetto set out to find them. From the halls of Tina Brown's Women in the World conference, where Hillary Clinton addressed a room full of powerful ladies, to Tracy Anderson's workout studio and the streets of Park Avenue, she found real-life incarnations of Wonder Woman everywhere, and they taught her a lesson in style and inner strength.

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Dee Poku, Co-Founder and CEO of the WIE Network, is empowering future women leaders with inspiring stories and support through her global symposium events and online community aimed at uplifting and empowering the next generation of female leaders.  Dee shares why she created the WIE Network and her vision for all future empowered women leaders.  Read more

Dee Poku, Co-Founder and CEO of the WIE Network, is empowering future women leaders with inspiring stories and support through her global symposium events and online community aimed at uplifting and empowering the next generation of female leaders.  Dee shares why she created the WIE Network and her vision for all future empowered women leaders. 

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I learned to value myself. I kept undercharging for my work. Then one day, I took a more careful look at the marketplace and started raising my fees more strategically. Soon a big project came along where I knew exactly how much I had to offer, and I asked for a lot more than I’d ever charged before. And I got it. And I nailed it.

I learned to value myself. I kept undercharging for my work. Then one day, I took a more careful look at the marketplace and started raising my fees more strategically. Soon a big project came along where I knew exactly how much I had to offer, and I asked for a lot more than I’d ever charged before. And I got it. And I nailed it.

The Other Festival will debut itself as the first all female festival in Tribeca this weeknd. The festival, founded by Dee Poku Spalding will be a day of celebration for female makers and creators featuring talks, demos and workshops aimed to educate the women of New York City. Read more

The Other Festival will debut itself as the first all female festival in Tribeca this weeknd. The festival, founded by Dee Poku Spalding will be a day of celebration for female makers and creators featuring talks, demos and workshops aimed to educate the women of New York City.

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After working with some of Hollywood’s top heavy hitters like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Samuel L Jackson as a studio executive, Dee Poku was ready to empower other women to live their dreams. She created the WIE Network to connect women and host symposiums featuring some of the most powerful ladies in the world. She shares how she transition to being her own boss and her tips for being a master networker. Read more

After working with some of Hollywood’s top heavy hitters like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Samuel L Jackson as a studio executive, Dee Poku was ready to empower other women to live their dreams. She created the WIE Network to connect women and host symposiums featuring some of the most powerful ladies in the world. She shares how she transition to being her own boss and her tips for being a master networker.

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“Like many young women, I started out my career starry-eyed and filled with confidence in my ability to succeed,” says Dee Poku, founder of WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) Symposium, a conference and network aimed at advancing women's careers and combatting workplace sexism. As Poku got older, she says, “I saw the imbalance but didn't feel constrained by it.” Read more

“Like many young women, I started out my career starry-eyed and filled with confidence in my ability to succeed,” says Dee Poku, founder of WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) Symposium, a conference and network aimed at advancing women's careers and combatting workplace sexism. As Poku got older, she says, “I saw the imbalance but didn't feel constrained by it.”

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The Other Festival is bringing major girl power to New York. Billed as the "first all-female festival," the one-day event is loaded with panels from female entrepreneurs followed by a concert series of all female acts.

The Other Festival is bringing major girl power to New York. Billed as the "first all-female festival," the one-day event is loaded with panels from female entrepreneurs followed by a concert series of all female acts.

What made you want to start Other festival? For two reasons: The first was to support the incredible entrepreneurial spirit I was seeing in millennial women, who are now starting new businesses at twice the rate of men. Also, I wanted to create a business and cultural event that addressed the lack of female headliners at all the major festivals. Women are a powerful force in the music business and that needs to be acknowledged.

What made you want to start Other festival?

For two reasons: The first was to support the incredible entrepreneurial spirit I was seeing in millennial women, who are now starting new businesses at twice the rate of men. Also, I wanted to create a business and cultural event that addressed the lack of female headliners at all the major festivals. Women are a powerful force in the music business and that needs to be acknowledged.

Levo League. Office Hours with Dee Poku. Read more

Levo League. Office Hours with Dee Poku.

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I was born in…London and now live in…New York. In five words, I am…positive, curious, fun, ambitious, and adventurous. Professionally, I am…a social entrepreneur. I became an entrepreneur because…I had a very demanding job and I reached the point where going to work and having a family and personal life were all important to me but it was impossible to do those things within a corporation.

I was born in…London and now live in…New York.

In five words, I am…positive, curious, fun, ambitious, and adventurous.

Professionally, I am…a social entrepreneur.

I became an entrepreneur because…I had a very demanding job and I reached the point where going to work and having a family and personal life were all important to me but it was impossible to do those things within a corporation.

Wife and mother Dee Poku has been able to leverage her more than 10 years of building Hollywood relationships from her days as a studio exec to make her dream of a women’s network reality. The co-founder and CEO of the WIE Network leads an empowerment conference and community, seeking to inspire and motivate women leaders of today and tomorrow, and mixing her networking, branding and marketing mojo to create a global movement. Read more

Wife and mother Dee Poku has been able to leverage her more than 10 years of building Hollywood relationships from her days as a studio exec to make her dream of a women’s network reality. The co-founder and CEO of the WIE Network leads an empowerment conference and community, seeking to inspire and motivate women leaders of today and tomorrow, and mixing her networking, branding and marketing mojo to create a global movement.

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What do you get when you bring Senator Nancy Pelosi, Iman, Donna Karan and Arianna Huffington together for a powwow? The second annual WIE Symposium answered that question by bringing together women from politics, fashion, media, film, finance, beauty and the nonprofit world.  Read more

What do you get when you bring Senator Nancy Pelosi, Iman, Donna Karan and Arianna Huffington together for a powwow? The second annual WIE Symposium answered that question by bringing together women from politics, fashion, media, film, finance, beauty and the nonprofit world. 

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Who: Dee Poku, Mama to Sebastian, Social Entrepreneur, CEO of Women Enterprise & Inspiration Network Why She’s Foxy: Because she's on a mission to bettering the lives of women in business. Read more

Who: Dee Poku, Mama to Sebastian, Social Entrepreneur, CEO of Women Enterprise & Inspiration Network

Why She’s Foxy: Because she's on a mission to bettering the lives of women in business.

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Dee Poku, the co-founder, and CEO of Women Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE Network) has all that and more. The former Hollywood studio executive is charismatically passing on the torch of success to women across the world through her company’s many conferences, workshops, and showcases.  Read more

Dee Poku, the co-founder, and CEO of Women Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE Network) has all that and more. The former Hollywood studio executive is charismatically passing on the torch of success to women across the world through her company’s many conferences, workshops, and showcases. 

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Founded by Dee Poku, the festival will showcase “major influencers across the fields of music, art, design, and technology who are redefining how to do business in their respective fields with the goal of educating and empowering the next generation of millennial women.”   

Founded by Dee Poku, the festival will showcase “major influencers across the fields of music, art, design, and technology who are redefining how to do business in their respective fields with the goal of educating and empowering the next generation of millennial women.” 
 

“I’m a big believer in creating your network to support your goals,” says Poku, speaking from Manhattan’s Spring Studios, where the event will be held. “Hearing other women’s process and how they overcome difficulties can be very empowering. “One thing we stress is that the speakers don’t speak in broad platitudes — we need specifics and details about things like raising money for a business, or turning creativity into a livelihood.”

“I’m a big believer in creating your network to support your goals,” says Poku, speaking from Manhattan’s Spring Studios, where the event will be held. “Hearing other women’s process and how they overcome difficulties can be very empowering.

“One thing we stress is that the speakers don’t speak in broad platitudes — we need specifics and details about things like raising money for a business, or turning creativity into a livelihood.”

What caused this feeling of empowerment was not a call from a suitor and no, I did not win the lottery- in every way this call was almost BETTER! I had the honor of speaking with founder of the The Other Festival and WIE, Dee Poku-Spalding and I cannot stop replaying her words in my head. From her very candid quips about our current state of the world to her inspiring messages about what it takes to be a GirlBoss, I was hooked on every accented word! Read more

What caused this feeling of empowerment was not a call from a suitor and no, I did not win the lottery- in every way this call was almost BETTER! I had the honor of speaking with founder of the The Other Festival and WIE, Dee Poku-Spalding and I cannot stop replaying her words in my head. From her very candid quips about our current state of the world to her inspiring messages about what it takes to be a GirlBoss, I was hooked on every accented word!

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Formerly, Poku worked at senior marketing levels at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features, where she lead campaigns for films including Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. This UK native is also the founder of Right Angle and has blogged for The Huffington Post.

Formerly, Poku worked at senior marketing levels at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features, where she lead campaigns for films including Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. This UK native is also the founder of Right Angle and has blogged for The Huffington Post.

It’s all personal. There’s no topic or speaker up on that stage that I’m not personally interested in, because I see myself as the audience. You know, when you start out in a corporation, you think you have the same chances as everybody else. I was the same until

It’s all personal. There’s no topic or speaker up on that stage that I’m not personally interested in, because I see myself as the audience. You know, when you start out in a corporation, you think you have the same chances as everybody else. I was the same until