Newsletter March 2008

Editorial: Celebrating connections on International Women’s Day

What started as a movement for women’s rights and universal suffrage has turned into a global day of celebrating women’s achievements. International Women’s Day has become an institute, not only for human rights’ activists but also for corporations, organisations and society as a whole. More


Women leading change: Interview with Colette Lewiner, PhD, CapGemini

How did a physicist and researcher in the field of energy become successful in the corporate world? What do the words ‘ambition’ and ‘power’ mean to her? What or who inspires her? What role have networks played in her career? Read about this month’s Woman Leading Change, Colette Lewiner, executive vice president and Global Leader of the Sector Energy, Utilities and Chemicals, in a personal interview


Think Tank: Quotas


Quotas, lip gloss and economic sense

Detailed article on the history of the quota legislation in Norway and the reactions from corporations, ranging from scepticism: “….why it is seen as good for business to swap seasoned players for lip gloss?” to realism: “According to the Norwegian government, the quota is not simply a strike for equality; it makes sound economic sense too.”
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The Pros and Contras of quotas

EuropeanPWN’s eight book “Women on Boards Moving Mountains” gives an overview of the prevailing arguments pro and con quotas. Read more


EuropeanPWN survey: How do women network?

Networking is key to a successful and balanced career. Some of us do it instinctively, others are trying to master it and the rest are still questioning. Measuring is key for understanding the state of the art. This is why we are launching the survey ’How do women network?’. The survey will run in March and April; results will be published in June. Feel free to pass it to your own contact list! Click here for the survey


Research: Annual EU-report on the equality between women and men 2008

The EU issued its annual report on the equality between women and men 2008. The equal pay gap remained stable at 15%, sectoral and occupational segregation is increasing and the presence of female managers in companies has stayed at 33%. More


In the press: First woman to lead the Italian employers’ body

EuropeanPWN’s research was quoted in the Financial Times article announcing the first woman to lead the Italian employers body. Emma Marcegaglia, co-chief executive of Marcegaglia Steel, a company founded by her father, is expected to head the Cofindustria, which is said to be in trouble due to the severe competition from emerging markets. After 26 men, she is the first woman leader; think crisis, think female?
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Cartoon: “Best Italian Illustration 2008” award for Caterina Zandonella



EuropeanPWN proudly congratulates Caterina Zandonella, the young and gifted graphic artist who illustrated EuropeanPWN’s book Women@Work Nr 7 Mentoring — A Powerful Tool for Women for winning one of the awards for “Best Italian Illustration” from the Associazione Illustratori Italiani (Association of Italian illustrators) for one of the drawings she did for our mentoring book. Women have always been quite central to Caterina’s work. After she worked on the mentoring book, she continued to work with great success on illustrating the theme of “Women in business”. Visit her website


March Poll: What is your tactic against stress?

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February Poll Debrief: What slows down women from “showing up” professionally


This month, five members from the HR consulting and executive coaching fields from Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam, commented on the poll results. Their insight focuses on different key areas: Elena Herdieckerhoff proposes seven Golden Visibility Tips, Erika Escamez Bordy, insists on how important it is to be visible online, Isabelle Henkens shares hints on how to become confident about your expertise, Florence Meyer says “Don’t wait !”, and Fiza Ahmed, advises: First play along, then change the game. Read the full article here


Network News

  • WCN Vienna Celebrated their 15th Anniversary More
  • Launches of Berlin and Düsseldorf – for more information and registration please click here

Upcoming Events

TIAW Global Cities Program, London, May 14
The TIAW Global Cities Program is a gathering of leaders and members of women’s networks in their region to discuss topical issues relating to economic empowerment and to learn from each other. The inaugural event will be held in Europe – at a premier location in London with a prestigious speaker at a luncheon on May 14, hosted by Women in Banking and Finance. More

Global Summit of Women 2008: Women and Asia: Driving the Global Economy – June 5-7, Hanoi, Vietnam
Global Summit of Women 2008
EuropeanPWN members receive a 5% discount. Discount deadline May 5th, 2008

Save the Date!
First EuropeanPWN’s Members Conference will be held on Friday June 13, in Paris.
All members across Europe are invited for a one-day programme of inspiration, connection, learning and meeting members.

EuropeanPWN Annual General Assembly 2008 on June 27-28 in Milan, hosted by PWA Milan
Annual gathering of the EuropeanPWN Board and all presidents of the network to discuss strategy, results and action plans.


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