Fran Pastore is a devoted catalyst of women’s economic equity and the founder and CEO of the Women's Business Development Council, a leading organization for championing female entrepreneurship and women’s economic equity. She served as an appointed member to the President’s National Women's Business Council, an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. SBA. She serves on the Board of Women Impacting Public Policy. With the U.S. State Department and UConn, she taught women entrepreneurs in rural Costa Rica financial management and business strategies. Recently she worked with The Centre for Creative Leadership in Ethiopia teaching young women networking skills, financial management and business development. She serves on the Advisory Council for The Akilah Institute for Women, a college in Africa. Ms. Pastore has testified before the U.S. Congress and was instrumental in the passage of legislation benefiting women entrepreneurs.