Dr. Marsha Firestone is the President and Founder of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), dedicated to increasing access to business opportunities for women’s business enterprises (WBEs). She is also the Founder and President of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), which she started in 1997 as a peer advisory organization for women who own multimillion dollar businesses.
Dr. Firestone previously served as Vice President of Women Incorporated and as Vice President of Training and Counseling at the American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation (AWED). Her career also includes positions as President of a for-profit educational institution; National Executive Director of Women’s American ORT, a volunteer organization; and a faculty member at the American Management Association Competency-Based Management Development Program at City University of New York and Adelphi University.
In 1998, Dr. Firestone was the Executive Director of The Women’s Economic Summit. She led the development of a master plan for accelerating the growth of women’s businesses, which was presented to Congress and the public in March 1999. In 2003, Dr. Firestone was appointed to two terms on the National Women’s Business Council representing the Women Presidents’ Organization.
Dr. Firestone is the author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Successful Self-Employment and co-author of The 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Guide to Growth, sponsored by American Express. She has published research in business and educational journals on adult learning theory, nonverbal communication, and managerial competency. She also serves the worldwide women’s business community as a frequent guest speaker.
Dr. Firestone has been honored with the ATHENA Leadership Award; a special achievement award from Woman Inc. of Jamaica; the Applause Award for breaking down barriers for women in business from Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC); the Hall of Fame Award from Enterprising Women; the 2004 WMBE Outreach Award from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; the 2003 Outstanding Alumna Award from Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University. She was also named as one of three finalists for Entrepreneurial Supporter by Ernst and Young and Skills to Succeed Champion from the Committee of 200.
Dr. Firestone shares her professional knowledge by serving on numerous boards and advisory councils including: the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Enterprising Women Advisory Board, Newcomb College Institute Director’s Advisory Council, and the International Women’s Forum.
Dr. Firestone earned a Master’s degree in Communication from Teacher’s College of New York and a Ph.D. in Communication from Columbia University.