Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Reporter
Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes about women entrepreneurs around the world.

Why you should listen

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon never set out to write about women entrepreneurs. She was simply looking for a great—and underreported—economics story after leaving ABC News for MBA study at Harvard to pursue her interest in economic development.


What she found was women entrepreneurs in some of the toughest business environments creating jobs against daunting obstacles. Since then her writing on entrepreneurship has appeared in publications including the International Herald Tribune and Financial Times along with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

While working in finance at the global investment firm PIMCO, Lemmon went on to write a book about a young Afghan teacher-turned-entrepreneur whose dressmaking business supported women around her neighborhood under the Taliban. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana became a New York Times bestseller and the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.

Now a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing editor-at-large for Newsweek Daily Beast, Lemmon continues to travel the world reporting on economic and development issues with a focus on women. She is author of the Newsweek March 2011 cover story “The Hillary Doctrine” and the September 2011 profile on U.N. Women’s Michelle Bachelet.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s TED talk

Quotes from Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

If you're talking about entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict settings, then you must talk about women, because they are the population you have left.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
TEDxWomen 2011 • 412K views Jan 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive