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PWN Global Newsletter Q1 2017

Q1 2017

Dear PWN Community,

Now is the time to stay strong

Women’s rights are a hot topic since Trump’s inauguration. Many fear this might just be the beginning of an ugly patriarchal era. It’s now that we need people, women and men, to stand united for women’s rights, be it for their reproductive rights or their earned right to lead. Make sure to read on and if you are not already part of PWN, join our leading global network of people who believe in balanced leadership. Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues and encourage others to join our movement!

On 22nd January millions of people, across the globe, came together to stand up for women’s rights in the Women’s March following the inauguration of newly elected President Donald Trump. It is amazing to see how many more people gathered so spontaneously for the Women’s March in Washington than for the inauguration. His response was a devastating blow to these rights by reinstating the global gag rule. It says a lot about the divide and that we need inclusive leaders to build bridges, not walls. And that need is even more imperative since Trump’s immigration ban.

I feel very proud that we are launching multiple initiatives at PWN networks that will help women stay strong across the globe, and enable them to assume leadership to build those bridges and foster inclusion rather than exclusion. These leadership attributes that women bring more naturally are needed more than ever to help our organizations and societies prosper. 

NEW PWN Global Development Programs

Be it the launch of our International Mentoring Program  or the kick-off of our EU Business School certified Entrepreneurs Program, we are doing more and more to support women in creating new opportunities. Find more about both programs below. And keep an eye on our Lisbon network to see the great events they will be organizing to mark their 5th anniversary.

Giving Back – Fellowships and Research

We are also making sure to constantly improve our offering. Check out our INSEAD partnership that enables our members to apply for up to 25% off their executive MBA program fee . And make sure to fill out this survey – it will only take a few minutes – that we are running with Madrid University to strengthen our knowledge of what professional women need from networks like ours.


The people at the helm of our networks are being recognized more and more for the great contribution to balanced leadership. PWN Global board member Rob Baker recently received the award of ‘Honorable Guy’ from the Institute of Women’s Leadership,  and our Executive Director Wendy Mackey Jones, has been awarded ‘Iconic Women Leader’ by the prestigious WEF

Get Involved 

PWN board positions are a great way of advancing your career and increasing your visibility. At our City Networks we often have open positions. At PWN Global there is a list of board members that we are looking to find. We are also keen to find a digital transformation expert to support us intensively in a 3-6 month project. If you’d like to find out more about these roles, please be in touch

2016 was a wonderful year with great steps forward with a new website and members platform and our fantastic global Me-Totem event in November in Milan – check out the video. Even though 2017 might look a lot more challenging, I am convinced that if we remain strong it will be another year of growth, for us as individuals, for our organizations and for the PWN network. 

Sonya Richardson, President, PWN Global




Sonya Richardson
President, PWN Global

Member Spotlight

Rob Baker is a Man Who 'Gets It'!


We're really thrilled to announce that PWN Global Board Member and Senior Partner/Client Director of Mercer, Robert Baker, has been awarded the 'Honorable Guy' award by The Institute for Women’s...


Wendy Mackey Jones Awarded 'Iconic Women Leader' at WEF


Our very own Wendy Mackey Jones, Executive Director, PWN Global was presented the Women Economic Forum 2017 award of “Iconic Women Leaders Creating a Better World for All” during the Women...


PWN Global Balanced Leadership

Gender Balance in the Erasmus Programme, Rotterdam School of Management


Working for the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) has given me a different perspective on gender roles says Anita Otchere, head of marketing with EWCO. Read her full story.


What Work Looks Like for Women in Their 50s


Avivah Wittenberg-Cox shares her insight on women whose careers have accelerated as they have approached what used to be considered retirement age. (This article was originally published by


PWN Global Mentoring

PWN Warsaw: Cross the Borders and Boost Your Career


Achieve your goals and boost your career with PWN’s International Mentoring Program!

PWN Warsaw has initiated an International Mentoring Program. The goal is to launch a global pool of...


PWN Global Entrepreneurship

PWN Global: PWN Virtual Entrepreneurship Program 2017 Certified by EU Business School


Registration is now open for the PWN Virtual Entrepreneurship Program 2017 certified by the EU Business School.

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? On the back of the incredibly...


PWN Global New Networks

Launch of PWN Kuala Lumpur


There is something new brewing in Malaysia and it’s coming from individuals, a tsunami of intelligent, bright people craving balance and higher purpose, or called to make a difference. The brewing...


PWN Zagreb


Under the capable management of Marijana Sarolic Robic, PWN Zagreb joined the PWN Global family in September 2016 in style – an inaugural event in the Double Tree by Hilton hotel, with 150...


PWN City Network News

PWN Istanbul: Magical Questions Men Asked To Support The Dreams of Women


The Magical Questions Men Asked To Support The Dreams of Women

Do you know what a man thinks? We observe many women discussing their own careers, women’s leadership, and gender equality in each...


PWN Paris: Women and Money, For Women In Every Country


Have you heard about the PWN Women & Money documentary? It’s the story of a Think Tank team that started taking new paths... Their findings on Women & Money lead to an extraordinary opportunity:...


PWN Romania: It's Not Just Women Who Need To Support Gender Equality


PWN Romania, the strongest women’s professional network in Romania, hosted a Gala Dinner, celebrating the 5th anniversary since its establishment and honoring distinguished personalities who have...


PWN Global President of the Quarter

PWN Milan: Roberta Toniolo


This quarter's award goes to PWN Milan President Roberto Toniolo.

Roberta has worked tirelessly with her team to lead the EU funded ME-TOTEM project - an initiative aimed at fostering gender...


PWN Global Corporate Partner News

ICON: 10th Global Diversity and Inclusion Seminar


This 10th Anniversary year of the ICON Diversity and Inclusion Seminar is once again supported by PWN Global. This unique event brings together C-Suite Executives, Global Thought Leaders,...


PWN Global Launches Partnership with NASEBA in Dubai


PWN Global was delighted to take part in the 18th Women in Leadership Forum in Dubai at the end of October 2016.  Held under the theme of “The Future of Everything”, the 18th edition hosted and...


Up to 25% off INSEAD Executive MBA Tuition Fees


January 1st, 2017 seals the beginning of a new Global Partnership between INSEAD and PWN. Both institutions share the same objective of advancing women in leadership through enhancing knowledge,...


Expert's Corner

Margaret Heffernan: Cherish The Employees Who Bring You Bad News


Margaret Heffernan thinks deeply about what makes businesses work, and her answers are often surprising. At TEDGlobal 2012, she shared a luch acclaimed hypothesis on why disagreement is vital for...


Research Corner

PWN Madrid: Research Study


PWN Madrid, along with other organisations, has been chosen to collaborate with Madrid University in a research study on "knowledge transfer, human motivation and inter-group leadership in...


Blogger's Corner

Fleur Bothwick, OBE: Why Aren't There More People Job Sharing?


I was really interested (and in fact heartened) to read towards the end of last year that Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party, will be sharing this role with Jonathan Bartley, who was...


PWN Book Review

Lynn Schmidt: Shift Into Thrive


Shift Into Thrive provides six resilience-building strategies that women use successfully to thrive in the face of career challenges. 


PWN Recommends

Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations


2016 was quite a year for gender equality – we started with the pledge of CEO’s to combat gender disparity at the World Economic Forum in Davos at the beginning of the year, and in September...


New Roundup

What's Been Happening In The World of Balanced Leadership?


With the US Presidential Elections dominating the last quarter of 2016's news, here is our round up of some interesting stories we found - we'd love to hear yours too. Please be in touch if you...


Thank you to all our PWN Global Corporate Partners:

Marsh and McLennan Companies, Mercer, Europcar, Lafarge Holcim and OC&C Strategy Consultants


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