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Julie Weeks is the President and CEO of Womenable, a for-profit social enterprise that works to enable women’s entrepreneurship worldwide by improving the laws, policies and programs that support women’s enterprise creation and growth.   Julie joins Speak Up! to talk about the current trends and future for women-owned businesses.

About Pat Lynch, Editor-in-Chief & Kat Barrett, Associate Editor-in-Chief

Pat Lynch_250x250Pat Lynch

In 1969 at the age of 25, Pat Lynch, having already served as the Press Secretary for a U.S. Senator and Congressman, founded her first advertising agency in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Lynch was the first woman to begin an advertising agency single-handedly in the South. By 1977, she had been listed twice in The World’s Who’s Who of Women and most recently in the International Who’s Who and Strathmore’s Who’s Who.

In 1996, she began Women’s Online Media and Education Network (W.O.M.E.N.) which produces WomensRadio, in order to “give women a greater voice!” WomensRadio, a converging medium, had its beginning on the Web as a rich, content Website for women leaders. In 2001, her company also began WomensCalendar. Today it is the largest databank of women’s events in the world, #1 in all the major search engines and reaching hundreds of thousands of women leaders each week. In the summer of 2004, the company launched the SpeakerSpot, a dynamic speaker referral program which can be accessed by meeting planners internationally. In 2005, the company introduced a new audio production tool for the Web, AudioAcrobat®, that is now the state-of-the-art, audio and video production, streaming and Podcasting Web-based media tool. This service helps everyone to have audio and/or video streaming in their emails and on their Websites. It is the tool of choice for hundreds of broadcasting professionals who want to have their long-form programs included, both at WomensRadio and the new WomensRadio Channel, a syndicated 24/7 all talk Web radio for women.

During her years as the founder and CEO of her own advertising marketing company in Atlanta, she and her agency gained a reputation for introducing media, particularly radio and television, to industries which had never considered them to deliver their advertising messages. One such industry was residential real estate (including both rentals and sales).

Pat Lynch also contributes her time and experience to many not-for-profits. When the City of Atlanta had experienced a season of multiple killings of young people, a time when the economy was also in a slump, the city was looking for a number of ways to create community and give kids at risk a brighter outlook. She volunteered her time and helped to create the largest party for young people that has ever been conducted. With only three months to pull together all the details, “It’s Time,” was an all-day event hosting some 10,000 kids in Piedmont Park, the largest park in the city. All the transportation to the event, all the food, all the cooks and servers, all the entertainment, all the prizes, everything – was provided for free! Mayor Andrew Young and Gerri Elder, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, created a special plaque of appreciation which was presented to Ms. Lynch for her work in creating and conducting this event.

She has also worked tirelessly for other not-for-profits, largely in the area of publicity and/or fund-raising for such organizations as Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy, American Heart Association.

While residing in California, she served on the boards of the Fresno, CA Court School PTA as President, Fresno Habitat for Humanity and the Fresno Ballet where she helped to raise funds to produce the first new Nutcracker in over 20 years. In the Bay Area, she served as the Media Chair for the California Women’s Agenda, was a member of the Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Bay Area, and was on the Board of Directors of the Afghan Coalition and Afghan Women’s Association International.

She is a frequent speaker on the value of opening the media to women’s voices and creating new communication bridges to the future. To inquire about having her as a speaker for your event, please call (888) 658-4635.

Pat is also the Host of Speak Up! on WomensRadio. Speak Up! invites women, and also men, who “speak” to women in terms of their values, their goals and their strong sense of community, to address issues, opportunities and successes that need to be heard by a larger audience of women leaders.

Kat's Professional HeadshotKat Ball

Kat Ball is the President and Associate Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Online Media and Education Network(W.O.M.E.N.), including WomensRadio, WomensCalendar and AudioAcrobat®.

Kat works with W.O.M.E.N.’s highly skilled technical team to maximize user capabilities for all of their vertical websites and services. She ensures that the employees at W.O.M.E.N. are able to maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction in an upbeat professional environment while building successful and long lasting relationships.

Kat also coordinates all HR and legal matters with her executives, and has over eight years of HR experience. She works directly with Editor-in-Chief, Pat Lynch, and other talent / Radio Show Hosts to produce radio shows / online articles for


  1. Good broadcast, lots of successful women in business these days. The internet makes it so much easier.

  2. Dear Julie Weeks is the President and CEO of Womenable,

    Seeking interest in partnering and collaborating …

    As Founder and President of VOICES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE & VOWW-TV at which was launched in celebration of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSRW) in 22 Feb – 8Mar 2011. It was established with the creation of UN WOMEN on 24 February by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announcing the appointment of the former President of Chile Ms Michelle Bachelet as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director. Watch the historical event on YouTube:

    Everyone started asking “Who is Michelle Bachelet ?” and Googled watching and listening to her speeches on YouTube :

    Finally, the following week there was the celebration to mark the100th anniversary of International Women’s Day – 8 March 2011 – exclusively commemorated annually worldwide – where VOWW-TV discovered there was no mainstream media covering all those ordinary women reporting on their extraordinary roles in their rural and urban communities. Listen to IWD Message from UN Women Under-Secretary-General Michelle Bachelet

    VOWW’s mission is an open invitation to all women, young girls and men who believe in gender empowerment around the world to join and assist in bringing “strong voices for those voiceless women young girls and children, by giving them “voices” and telling their stories via the Internet on WebTVs, radio, print and multimedia technologies. VOWW has undertaken to spread updated information through print, photographs, digital/HD video DVDs, CDs, Vlogs, etc., to revolutionize the impact of voices of the female (women, young girls and children) worldwide.

    It is free and by invitation to join VOICES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE and we are now over 1,500+ members … strong voices spread across 90+ countries and with some members as Presidents and Chairpersons of their own organizations and websites … VOWW’s reach is over 100,000+

    VOWW & VOWW-TV is not a funding organization but seeks in finding solutions to problems by networking with major UN agencies, NGOs and American women and girls organizations around the world.

    Peace and best wishes,

    Vinanti Castellarin
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