Newsletter May 2008

Editorial: Solving the supply issues for women in top positions

The perceived lack of supply
Sometimes an expression can hit you like a ton of bricks. That was what happened to me when I attended the International Colloquium on the UK FTSE 100 Mentoring Programme in London. Although there are many qualified women in the talent pool, very few make it to the board and many companies and executive searchers continue to complain about the lack of qualified candidates. More


Women leading change: Angela Knight, Chief Executive British Bankers’Association

More than a hundred CWN members and guests gathered for an historic meeting of City Women’s Network at Merrill Lynch in the City of London to launch our 30th Anniversary programme of events.

Introduced by CWN’s Patron, Janet Gaymer, the Public Appointments Commissioner for England and Wales, Angela Knight, the Chief Executive of the British Bankers’ Association gave an inspiring talk about her own experiences as a businesswoman over the past thirty years and talked about how the role of women has changed. More


Introducing EuropeanPWN’s Business Exchange

Women mean business. We are delighted to announce the launch of a new functionality on our fantastic online platform : BusinessXchange. BusinessXchange is designed to help members network for business. Whether you are the founder of a start-up in search of investors, an international tax advisor in Madrid, a manager of an Italian shoe manufacturer looking for distributors in the UK, or a coach who wants to advertise her next workshop in Paris, BusinessXchange will allow you to introduce your business in a short and crisp way, and to specify the type of contacts you are looking for. More


April Poll Debrief and May Poll


April Poll Debrief

One out of three women networks more than 3 hours a week for business
It is common knowledge that taking the time to network is important to one’s personal and professional growth. However, the hours spent cost you money and take valuable time from your incredible busy schedule. Our April poll on “How many hours do you network for business per week?” indicates that the majority of 36% of those responding to the poll network less than one hour per week for business, 28% spend between one to three hours, 19% take three to five hours, and 16% spend more than five hours per week. The question is, are you an effective business networker?


May Poll

Please vote here…


Network News


Change of Community Manager

Our community manager Pernille Giraud-Sauveur has stepped down from her position to pursue other professional activities in the field of her profession, pharmacy. The current treasurer of EuropeanPWN – Nice, Ingrid Loren, has taken over the position and is looking forward to continuing the great work Pernille started. More


Change of leadership in Vienna

Tasha Faltys-Linden and Brenda Nachla Co-Presidents of Vienna city network since 2006 are now passing the baton to Christina Thomar and Ursula Vavrik.

Christina’s professional scope is International Marketing, Business Development and Sales. She has been working for companies in Germany and Austria, building up markets in Europe, Russia, and China.

Ursula, currently a consultant for environment, development and European affairs, has pursued an international career including assignments with the UN, the OECD, the European Commission and lately the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Both women are active in gender issues, advancement of women and maintaining a career and family-life balance.


Upcoming Events

Global Summit of Women 2008: Women and Asia: Driving the Global Economy – June 5-7, Hanoi, Vietnam
Global Summit of Women 2008

XII St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 7
EuropeanPWN President Mirella Visser has been invited to address the topic of what opportunities women’s view brings to business, state administration and politics. Please see for more details and the program


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.

Get ready for a full day of networking and fun! Great people, great program, great energy!
For its third year running, the Best Of conference will offer network members the chance to benefit from a variety of educational and motivational sessions as well as more networking opportunities. We will welcome high level keynote speakers such as Anastasia Soare from Anastasia Beverly Hills Inc. and Ana Maria Llopis Rivas who is a member of the supervisory board of ABNAMRO (amongst others). More info and how to attend


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.


W.I.N. Global Leadership Forum in Sitges, Barcelona – Spain, Sept 18-20
“Inspire and be inspired”
The event provides women leaders with the vision, strategies, skills and network needed to succeed in today’s world. Register and benefit from a 100 Euro discount for members of EuropeanPWN.



INSEAD Alumni Reunion on Friday 23 May,
including panel “Women in Business”. EuropeanPWN president Mirella Visser was one of the key speakers.


Join EuropeanPWN!

Join Europe’s most vibrant network for professional women linking over 3500 members across Europe in on-line networking and regular speaker events in 17 cities. More


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