Empowering women to lead. Encouraging the world to follow.

Empowering women to lead. Encouraging the world to follow.

The WEL Institute will strengthen the next generation of courageous, creative female leaders who will change the world.

Inspiration // Female Founders – ThousandThread

Introducing ThousandThread, a peer-to-peer clothing rental dedicated to promoting sustainable fashion. Founders Amie Nyguen and Evie Shaw set out to solve the problem of finding something to wear for events that many college students faced. With the help of friends and UT entrepreneurial resources, these two women are able to see their business come to fruition.


Explore three new Fall 2020 classes that offer interdisciplinary opportunities in design and entrepreneurship. 


Join a vibrant, diverse, supportive community of female entrepreneurs and kick-start your future with signature WEL Institute programming.

Women's Summit

Learn to lead alongside female entrepreneurs from around the Forty Acres and across the country. 


Lead your life with opportunities for internships, leadership training, mentoring and funding.

WEL Institute in the News

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Empowered women empower women. Fashion designer Kendra Scott discusses the importance of uplifting the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

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Listen to Kendra Scott discuss how she started her company, the lessons she’s learned as an entrepreneur, and what COVID-19 is teaching businesses.

Kendra Scott

About Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way.