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WomenWork is part of the greater São Paulo community. With a focus on connecting women in various professions & trades, we encourage social responsibility, sharing knowledge & experience for a better future, and the importance of any employment, whether paid or volunteer.

Our mission is to strengthen female relationships by providing a safe and meaningful environment where women in various trades and professions can share their journey and discuss relevant topics, creating a powerful community committed to making a difference.

Want to make a difference? Share your journey with us.


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Connect with women in various professions & trades. Held in an intimate setting to exchange ideas, make new friends, and learn from one another. A special guest speaker discusses her particular journey.

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Diverse and creative social events tapping into different interests, all with the common goal of bringing great women together to have fun.



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The Idea Behind WomenWork

WomenWork started as a vague idea sketched out on napkins by two good friends enjoying a tasty beer (or two!) The resulting concept was simple enough: connect women of various backgrounds by sharing knowledge and experience. What grew from that became so much bigger than the original idea.

No matter where you live, you can make your situation better by helping those around you. This doesn't apply to only your inner circle; contributing to the greater community has benefits as well.

All proceeds from the entrance fees for our events go directly to our social responsibility goal, raising funds for The American Society of São Paulo’s Angel Party and other charitable activities. For more on The American Society, visit amsoc.com.br or @amsoccp.


Since our launch in May 2018, we've raised over R$3.280 to donate to charitable projects. We could not have done this without the help of all the amazing women who have attended or hosted our events over the years. Thank you!

The Women Behind WomenWork

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Jackie Wyant

Co-founder of WomenWork, she runs her own graphic design business, Salt&Unicorns, serving a variety of clients in the São Paulo area and abroad. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she now calls Brazil home.

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Bárbara Bastos

An executive assistant with a specialization in events organizations and international business, she is Brazilian and has lived in Ireland and Canada. Her passion is traveling, listening to 80s music, and running.

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Cari Smelan

Co-founder of WomenWork, she met Jackie while working for The American Society of São Paulo. The two immediately became good friends and decided they must grow the network of working women in São Paulo. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Giselle Fouyer

WomenWork committee member, mother, translator, and interpreter, she also runs her own company providing various bilingual services. She has a Marketing degree & over 20 years of experience in teaching languages.

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Carol Matos

Recently graduated in International Relations, she worked as a communications and events coordinator at The American Society of São Paulo and co-founded WomenWork. She is now pursuing a new career in mobile marketing.

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Kristi Hendrickson

WomenWork committee member, world traveler & outdoor enthusiast. A seasoned marketer serving global brands throughout the US, Mexico, and Brazil. Originally from Wisconsin, she re-located to São Paulo in April 2019 and is enjoying learning Portuguese and living in Brazil.

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Many thanks to our generous sponsors. Our events would not be possible without their support. If you or your company would like to explore sponsor options for future WomenWork events, drop us a line!

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