By John Stearns

Fran Pastore exudes a passion for women’s economic empowerment through business ownership — a mission she’s dedicated herself to the last 20 years as founder and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council.

“I think that women’s economic equity is the last piece of unfinished business for women in our country,” Pastore said.

“I know from my own experience and the women that I’ve talked to around the world, that economic empowerment gives women a sense of freedom to believe in themselves and when you have that, there are so many benefits that cascade down to the rest of your life,” she said.

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