Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) Summit 2022


“As a female with no money, no letters after my name, and very little else to commend me, it was very difficult to change global drug policy, and open up the doors of science to researching psychedelics. But I had faith in my female guile, and actually, I did manage to do that by persevering. So over the years, I became a foundation”

– Amanda Feilding

November 19th is the official internationally proclaimed Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), spearheaded by the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO), a non-governmental volunteer organization with a mission to economically empower women.

“Historically, women worldwide have been underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underfunded and underestimated. We are dedicated, determined and driven to change this global imbalance” – Wendy Diamond, Founder of the WEDO.

This year, on November 19th, WEDO organised a summit at the United Nations in New York City, to bring together, celebrate and acknowledge women leaders and innovators with the inaugural WED Pioneer Awards, which are presented each year to a select group of women whose accomplishments and impact are of the highest order.



We are proud to say that Amanda Feilding, the Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation, received the Science Pioneer Award for her contributions to psychedelic research, which have been pivotal in the resurgence in scientific interest in psychedelic compounds as tools to optimise human health and happiness. Recognised as one of the US’ most prestigious awards for women by both Houses of the United States Congress, Amanda’s accomplishments will be placed in the Congressional Record.

“It has long been my goal to reintegrate psychedelic compounds into society as the remarkable medicines and drivers of cultural progress that they are. They provide hope for the treatment of many intractable psychological and neurological conditions, but also represent a unique tool for enhancing wellbeing, vitality, and interconnectedness. It is a lovely surprise to receive this recognition for my exploratory work in psychedelic research” – Amanda Feilding


Visit the WEDO page to find out more about their mission to empower, celebrate and support women, and join the summit live from the UN.