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Celebrating Heather Henyon's mission to invest in woman entrepreneurs

Heather Henyon, MBA ’03, is a trailblazer in social entrepreneurship. With over 20 years of experience in finance, technology and strategy in emerging markets, she has been a driving force behind breaking down silos and championing woman entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region throughout most of her career. Her journey reflects a visionary commitment to making a meaningful impact through investing.

In recognition of her achievements, Henyon was honored as the recipient of the 2023 Cañizares Award for Distinguished Alumni in International Business and Emerging Markets from the Emerging Markets Institute at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

“Heather personifies the purpose of the Emerging Markets Institute’s Cañizares Award, which is to honor alumni with international careers who have made a significant contribution to emerging markets and to increase awareness of Cornell and Johnson's contributions in global business,” said Lourdes Casanova, Gail and Roberto Cañizares director of the Emerging Markets Institute. “In venture capital and private equity, an industry where women are underrepresented, she founded Mindshift Capital, a fund that aims to change that.”

The Cañizares Award was established in 2022 by long-time supporters and benefactors of the Emerging Markets Institute Roberto Cañizares '71, MBA '74, and his wife, Gail Cañizares. Both were on hand to present the award to Henyon at the 2023 Emerging Markets Institute conference, held on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, November 3.

Read the full story about Mindshift Capital founder Heather Henyon, MBA ’04, and how she has championed woman entrepreneurs on the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business news site.

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