Alice Williams, Executive Director
In 2009, Alice Williams lead the initiative to form the organization Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence (WEEE), with a small community of women business owners. With her array of experience in microenterprise and small business development, she continues empower a diverse community of women entrepreneurs to focus their talents and skills into legitimate revenue generating projects and businesses. With clearly defined growth plans and the right tools to succeed, Alice has proven that women business owners have a place in the business community and economic development in the Pittsburgh region and the surrounding the environs. As an entrepreneur herself, Alice understands the challenges to launch and grow a sustainable business.
Alice has designed WEEE programming to provide evidence-based and best practices in entrepreneurship training and development. Under her leadership, WEEE has become a member of the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA), and the only gender specific mixed-use business incubator in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization has partnered with Operation JumpStart, an award-winning microenterprise development program and WEEE is the only certified agency to deliver this curriculum within a 50 mile radius of Pittsburgh. Most recently, Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence gained international certification with Growth Wheel, a global organization providing business coaching tools designed for all businesses – in all industries and life stages. WEEE has been positioned to meet the challenges to deliver the outcomes necessary to be the leader in assisting women in launching and sustaining businesses in this region.
Ms. Williams holds BS in Human Resources Management and an MA in Organizational Leadership both degrees from Geneva College.
Tara Ellison-Lee, Director of Programs
Tara Ellison-Lee is the Director of Education at Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence where she oversees the educational offerings for entrepreneurs seeking business development and growth opportunities. With prior experience working with women entrepreneurs, Tara brings vast experience in market research, instruction and facilitation, peer group dynamics and business coaching. She serves as a certified facilitator for WEEE’s business programs; Operation JumpStart and Growth Wheel.
Tara is a graduate of Chatham University, where she received her MBA degree. Currently in the dissertation phase of her doctoral degree in education, she is developing an innovative model of entrepreneurship education that incorporates business incubation.