Nell Merlino

Nell Merlino

UNITED STATES

Founder of Count-Me-In for Women's Economic Independence. Chair for the Personal Data Independence Trust at Personal BlackBox.

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Nell Merlino is Founder, of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources for women to grow their micro businesses into million $ enterprises. She is author of "Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way in Life, in Love, and at Work," from Broadway Books.

Recently, Nell has become Chair for the Personal Data Independence Trust at Personal BlackBox, a company that unlocks the potential of personal data for members and clients by helping them protect, see, and grow its value.

Throughout her career, Nell Merlino has been inspiring millions of people to take action. She is the creative force behind Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which moved more than 71 million Americans to participate in a day dedicated to giving girls the opportunity to dream bigger about their future.

Through Count Me In, Nell is now inspiring women entrepreneurs to dream big and achieve even more. She is leading a global movement to empower women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses to a million dollars and beyond by providing tools, resources, and a supportive community of their peers. Count Me In's Make Mine a Million $ Business program reaches women entrepreneurs in communities around the country through events and on-line community. This movement will not only add millions of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity, but take women to new levels of independence, empowering them to act as economic leaders.

Merlino is also the founder and President of Strategy Communication Action, Ltd. (SCA) in New York City, a firm specializing in the creation of public education campaigns that motivate people to act. Prior to founding Count Me In, at SCA Merlino created on campaigns like the YWCA's The Week Without Violence, the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, worked in two state governments, was an advance woman in presidential politics, a union organizer and a Fulbright Scholar.

Merlino lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gary Conger.