Tara Chang and Katrina Melesciuc, co-founders of Women’s iLab, are empowering the future of women and innovation. Today, it is no secret that there is a clear gender gap in the business world. We’ve seen more and more leaders and celebrities stand behind pro-female social movements. Established executives have refused their attendance at conferences without balance male and female presence. The word Feminism has become an everyday topic in the news.
Chang and Melesciuc are spearheading the next direction of this movement. Women’s iLab, short for Women’s Innovation Lab, is a website that gives women and men a common space to celebrate all this is happening to empower women, share their own ideas, create and establish their personal brand, and support one another in pursuing their ambitions.
It is through this community that Women’s iLab aims to empower women to have a stronger voice within the industry and to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. The co-founders believe that the first step in bringing a solution to the today’s gender gap is by raising awareness and celebrating the innovation that is happening in the space.
Hailing from New York City and Boston’s startup communities, Chang and Melesciuc were inspired by their female colleagues and leaders who were making serious moves in bringing innovative solutions to the table and moving the industry forward. The duo learned first hand the power of women in supporting one another. With guidance from coaches, mentors and peers, the duo quickly were drawn to an industry that they loved and felt fortunate to have built a network where they can test and question and continuously their goals and ambitions forward.
Now today, Chang and Melesciuc have developed Women’s iLab as a community for other women and men to develop a similar support system and establish their personal brands. Women’s iLab empowers female risk takers and disruptors of the norm to unveil groundbreaking innovation by arming women with a stronger voice across each and every industry. Just months out from launch, Women’s iLab’s community has grown to nearly 50 contributors and ambassadors, has partnered with over 250 various brands and organizations internationally, and has a community of over 3,000 followers.