Working for workplace religious diversity, equity & inclusion


Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV)

About EBW2020: EBW2020 connects women entrepreneurs to funding resources by providing an education system, a financial plan & access to a tribe of like-minded thinkers that will help you grow your business and make a bigger impact. We’re on the road to Empower a Billion Women by 2020.

Global Empowerment Medalist, Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards

Former Dell Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Ingrid Vanderveldt (“iV”), has the audacious goal of by 2020 empowering a billion women from all faiths to work together to achieve more, give more and accomplish more. She believes that the relationship between women in business and this mission is sustainable and helps women leaders worldwide to pursue unity, love and peace.

Acceptance Speech

“It is a true honor to express my gratitude to The Religious Freedom and Business Foundation for this incredible and humbling award. Thank you. I believe it is a basic human right that every individual should have the opportunity to practice their FAITH, leverage their gifts and talents to be in SERVICE, and have the opportunity to create a thriving BUSINESS that has the potential to change the world for good. We at Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 stand with you today, watching as North and South Korea have come together to bridge cultures, belief systems, and people. There is no better time, no better place, and no better opportunity than now to show the world that it is possible to build a global future of innovative and sustainable economies where freedom of religion, belief and diversity are respected. Thank you again to from all of us at EBW2020.”


Ingrid Vanderveldt (“iV”) is the Chairman and CEO of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020). Previously, she was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc. where she oversaw entrepreneurial initiatives worldwide helping to build a $250 million business segment and founded the $125M Dell Innovators Credit Fund, Dell Founders Club, and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs during her 3-year term. IV has been featured on outlets including NBC, CNBC, FOX, ABC, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN Money, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2016 she was named one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 Global Leaders. She was ranked #1 Super Connector by Fast Company, is the recipient of the Forbes and Northwestern Mutual Global “Entrepreneur in Excellence Award” and was just named the 100th Champion Celebration for the HearStrong Foundation. iV also created and hosted CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made,” reaching over 1M viewers around the globe and serves on the Advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises, Current Motor, and is a Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Member. iV has architected legislation in Washington D.C. simplifying regulatory hurdles for small businesses. She holds a Masters in Architecture at the Savannah College of Art & Design and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from UT at Austin.

More Detail

Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020)’s genesis is faith, service and business and the platform provides an opportunity to attract women from all faiths to work together to achieve more, give more and accomplish more. Ingrid is the visionary who was inspired to take on this audacious goal of empowering a billion women by 2020. She initially went to Michael Dell, Dell Computers, with an idea to empower women through the use of technology and this opportunity gave her a unique perspective in the marketplace to bridge sustainable relationship between business and mission. EBW2020 prides itself on being lead first by faith, service then money. Ultimately as EBW2020 is more successful in collaborating with women influencers, we believe that the network of women One Billion Strong will enable us to drive policy, transact relational currency, and support global women leaders to pursue unity, love and peace.

Nominated by:

  • Anna McCoy
  • Chief Global Officer
  • UrbanAmerica
  • CEO
  • EBW Foundation