"The best hope for improving the lot of all women is to close the leadership gap: to ensure that women are equally represented in the ranks of corporate executives and judicial leaders. Only when women wield power in sufficient numbers will we create a society that genuinely works for all women. That will be a society that works for everyone.”
Pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, gender pay gap and the lack of work-life balance are all effects of the root cause problem: The gender leadership gap.
While organizations report that they are highly committed to gender diversity, in reality, numbers show that the progress is still slow.
As women, we want to do our part. And for that we need each other.
Returning to our sisters - if we will not find ourselves at peace, with our aspirations , with speaking our voices and with our bodies-no one will give it to us. It was ours all along.
We built DoubleYou to be a powerhouse that fosters female leadership around the world.
Ambitious, wild and helpful women; Members of our tribe are executives, investors, politicians, artists, educators business and social entrepreneurs- all committed to ignite female leadership around the world, creating a world that works for women, too.
We pursue our purpose with passion and a spirit of excellence. We empower women to believe in themselves, so they can become what they want to be.
We want women to feel at home with us. Double You is a safe place, where we can feel confident, not afraid to fail but also, not afraid to succeed. We challenge ourselves everyday and pursue our dreams no matter what.
We will always aspire to design processes that merge the best of both worlds: body and mind, pragmatic and spiritual, masculine and feminine. When united they create a balanced, aware and empowered being.
It was 2014. Narkis, a serial social entrepreneur was leading a tech education company when she saw for a call for application, published by Google for Entrepreneurs. They were looking to fund programs that redefine gender gap. She applied with a life long dream; creating a special retreat that teaches business in a way that addresses the specific challenges and opportunities female founders have. She got the grant. Now the only thing left was to figure out the best way to create such program. Her first call was to Sarah.
Sarah was in the middle of leading educational programs for children and women who experienced trauma using methodologies she developed herself and has gained from expressive arts therapy education. She was turned on by the challenge and hopped on a plane and together they created The DoubleYou retreat. Starting from a 20 women program in Israel, the network grew to programs that host from 40-100 women from 14 different countries across the world. Every cohort was attracting women from all walks of life; founders, investors, industry leaders, social activists , artists and politicians.
In 2016, when Double You became a separate company and was in need of establishing a governance and spread its wings , the family expanded and additional parents joined this venture. Stephanie Knopel and Heila Myara met Double You at a meaningful point in their professional journey.
Heila Myara was in the midst of her NGO career, leading fundraising, strategy and operation efforts for several organizations and organizing groups of activists to create change. With the vision of enabling opportunities for populations of developing countries, she is passionate about taking part in platforms that equalizes diverse populations, and this is why she joined Double You.
Stephanie Knopel, was finishing a journey of being a founder in a funded startup in Silicon Valley. Despite her successful journey, she felt burnt out and lonely for being part of an ecosystem that is not used to the authenticity she wants to bring to life. She decided then to play with the rules of her own game and build a system that turns vulnerability and honesty as part of the equation of success and business. This is why she decided to join Double You and support additional women going through the same challenge.