Nell Merlino, National Programs Consultant

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Nell Merlino is an activist, entrepreneur, and author. She has mobilized more than 20 million people in movements to empower girls and promote women’s economic independence. Nell created Take Our Daughters to Work Day and the YWCA Week Without Violence; started Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence; and launched Make Mine a Million $ Business with Hillary Clinton. She also helped develop Walmart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment program and served as Pathways Envoy for the U.S. State Department promoting women’s entrepreneurship in Central America. Early in her career Nell worked as a union organizer, served on the leadership team of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and worked in the “boiler room” of two Presidential campaigns.

Nell’s work over decades has generated millions of media stories about empowered women and strong girls that inspire millions more to greater self-esteem, economic independence, and safety.