Over the past three days, Cartier held an A-list virtual gathering for its annual Cartier Women's Initiative, which celebrates female entrepreneurs around the world. This year's program featured various inspirational speakers, from actress and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi to former NASA director and astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa.

The summit concluded with a digital ceremony that announced the eight women chosen as this year's Laureates, all of whom answered to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of promoting good health and well-being, reducing inequalities and encouraging climate actions as well as responsible consumption and production.

"During the virtual gathering, like-minded individuals and organizations from all horizons have joined us to explore how we can collectively uplift these outstanding change-makers," said Cyrille Vigneron, president and CEO of Cartier International. "We look to the future with confidence by their side, as we witness them building up a tide of change, thus making the world a better place for generations to come."

The eight chosen women were selected by a jury committee amongst 876 applicants from over 142 countries and will each take home $100,000 in prize money while benefiting from tailored 1:1 training, collective workshops, media visibility and international networking opportunities, as well as the opportunity to join an INSEAD impact entrepreneurship program.

See, below, to learn more about the eight Laureates and their companies.

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: Valentina Rogacheva, Mexico

NORTH AMERICA: Rebecca Hui, USA

EUROPE: Andrea Barber, Spain

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Seynabou Dieng, Mali

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Basima Abdulrahman, Iraq

EAST ASIA: Corina Huang, Taiwan, China

SOUTH ASIA & OCEANIA: Rebecca Percasky, New Zealand

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PIONEER AWARD: Orianna Bretschger, USA

Photos courtesy of Cartier

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