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BPW Business and Professional Women Europe 2014

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The International Federation of Business and Professional Women is an influential international network of business and professional women from over 96 countries in 5 continents with Consultative …

The International Federation of Business and Professional Women is an influential international network of business and professional women from over 96 countries in 5 continents with Consultative Status at ECOSOC/United Nations. Founded in 1930, BPW International develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through our mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. Visit our website at: http://www.bpw-international.org and http://www.bpw-europe.org

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  • Thank you for the presentation you have made.Information about your organisation was a great help to our working group when we were creating the book Women as rolemodels. It was based on 5 women who had been successful and done well in politics. Among them our former prime minister Anneli Jäätteenmäki , now MP. We wish BPV all the best for your valuable work in 2014.
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  • 1. Empowered Women Leading Business Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 2. Our founder: Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY
  • 3. 1st Conference 1930 in Geneva: 163 participants! Our founders were pioneers! Coming from Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany Empowered Women Leading Business Hungary, Italy, UK, USA. FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY
  • 4. Our Vision and Mission Vision • To achieve a just and equal status for women where decisions are taken in true partnership with men, based on mutual respect, for a more balanced and peaceful world. Mission • BPW International develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, education, mentoring, networking, skill building, UN participation and economic empowerment programmes and projects around the world. Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 5. Goals of BPW To advocate and lobby for working women To ensure equality and equal opportunity To develop the professional, business and leadership potential of women To empower women in the ecomony, networking and skill building To support young women Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 6. What is a Business and Professional Woman like? Takes responsibility in business, politics or society Thinks and acts on the local, national and international level Practices networking, mentoring and lobbying Cultivates friendships Practices lifelong learning Is a leader and rolemodel Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 7. Advocacy and Lobbying for professional women Local Friendships International Learning environment for «practical leadership» Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY Professional + personal development National Supportive Network
  • 8. You can develop your skills on different levels We can learn and lobby on these levels! International National Many learning opportunities for Young BPWs! Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY Local
  • 9. BPW International Executive Board 2011 - 2014 Triennium Theme: Empowered Women Leading Business Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 10. 10 BPW worldwide Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 11. Structure of BPW BPW International North America Latin America Europe Africa Asia/ Pacific 5 Regions Italy Federations Switzerland Germany Finnland Young BPW (up to 35) Clubs 280 Clubs Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY 40 Clubs www.bpw-europe.org
  • 12. How BPW works worldwide General Assembly at International Congress Resolutions Initiatives/ Campaigns Intern. Executive Board Federations / Clubs Standing Committes/Taskforces Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 13. BPW International has representatives or consultative status ▸ UNO – ECOSOC ▸ CSW Commission on the status of women ▸ ILO International Labour Organization ▸ EWL European Women‘s Lobby ▸ WHO World Health Organization ▸ FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 14. 14 BPWs 3 main initatives WEPs Equal Pay Day Women Entrepre -neurs Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 15. Women’s Empowerment Principles Equality means Business An initiative by UN Women and UN Global Compact to bring Equality to the workplace, marketplace and community. Quote of George Kell, Executive Director of UN Global Compact: «BPW brings the voice of women to the economy.» Lead NGO Collaborator: BPW International Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY WEPs
  • 16. The 7 Women’s Empowerment Principles Sign CEO Statement WEPs 1. Establish highlevel corporate leadership for gender equality. 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination. 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers. 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women. 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women. 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy. 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality. Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 17. BPW International Awareness Campaign: Equal Pay Day Equal Pay Day ▸ Equal Pay Day was initiated in 2009 by BPW International as an international awareness campaign ▸ All across the globe – from Australia to Taiwan, Korea via 20 European countries to Brazil and Canada. All these BPW federations are organizing an equal pay day in their countries. Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 18. 18 Women Entrepreneurs Women Entrepreneurs ▸ Collaboration with ITC International Trade Center ▸ Opportunity to participate in the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing for Women Vendors ▸ Collaboration with WeConnect International to bring women entrepreneurs into the supply chain Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 19. Empowered Women Leading Business CSW Conference on the Status of Women 2010, New York FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY
  • 20. International Congress 2011 in Helsinki Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY
  • 21. Next BPW International Events ▸ 7 - 8 March 2014 Leaders Summit in New York ▸ 23 – 27 May 2014 International Congress in Jeju, Korea ▸ 2016 European Congress in Zuerich, Switzerland ▸ 2017 International Congress in Egypt Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY
  • 22. BPW Europe Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 23. BPW Europe The largest Region of BPW International (appr. 20000 members in 32 countries) Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY
  • 24. European Coordinator and members of ECC Alexandra Preuss-Ribaric BPW Germany Giuseppa Bombaci BPW Italy Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY Sabine Schmelzer BPW Switzerland Miette Dechelle BPW Belgium
  • 25. Equal Pay Day in Europe started by BPW (2008 – 2013) Equal Pay Day in 23 countries up to now. Number of activities increased every year. Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 26. You can participate in the annual European Event in Brussels ▸ Networking Forum open for all members in May ▸ Presidents meeting for National Presidents and Delegates in May Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY
  • 27. Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY The biggest event in the Region: European Congress 2012 in Sorrento
  • 28. + 1. Within A European Citizens Initiative Seeking 4 Policy interventions to increase female entrepreneurship as a strategy for growth in the European Union BPW supports this initiative. Please sign online! Ministry of Economy 2. Appoint a Women’s Enterprise Director Create an office of Women's Business Ownership 3. Collect data, produce annual policy and research updates We need 1 Mio signatures! www.act4growth.org 4. Enforce current gender equality legislation
  • 29. Come to the next BPW International Congress! 23 – 27 May 2014 International Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea All details at: www.bpwinternational.org/congress2014 Together we can make the change for a better world! Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 30. What BPW offers you on the local and national level You can benefit from all activities and events for your personal and professional development. Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 31. Activities on club level Monthly events: ▸ Presentations, speeches and networking Annually: ▸ General assembly ▸ Candlelight ceremony Other activities: ▸ Taskforces (e. g. Equal Pay Day) ▸ Visits to other clubs ▸ Participation in national and international conferences, events and congresses Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 32. 32 Mentoring: a program where you can benefit from each other ▸ Each BPW can become a mentor and help other women with her experience and knowledge ▸ Each BPW can become a mentee ▸ The mentee needs a specific goal, and she can have a mentor for one year ▸ Benefits: ▸ Transfering your experiences and knowledge for support ▸ Learning from each other ▸ Seeing your mentee develop Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 33. BPW: The ideal learning environment ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ Learning by doing Peer-to-peer learning (from each other) Through rolemodels Just-in-time learning Lifelong learning ▸ Monthly presentations and events ▸ Workshops at national/international events ▸ Try out and learn new skills ▸ Learning by teaching or mentoring Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 34. Train your leadership skills in BPW! By taking an office as president or member of the board or leader of a taskforce: ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ Learn to give speeches and presentations Learn to chair meetings and to delegate tasks Develop strategies for your club and implement them Practice team building Learn to deal with the media to promote your club Represent your club and deal with VIPs Learn conflict management and diplomacy in practice Learn to act as a leader and become a rolemodel Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 35. Do not only lay back, … … the more active you are, the more you get. Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY www.bpw-europe.org
  • 36. Would you like to have contacts all over the world or develop your skills? www.bpw-europe.org www.bpw-international.org Empowered Women Leading Business FROM THE TOP · AT ALL LEVELS · IN THE COMMUNITY