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PWN Global Newsletter Q2 2021

Dear PWN friends,

Spring is a reminder of renewal and rejuvenation, a season of hope. Now more than ever, l believe we need renewal and hope. With vaccines to protect against COVID-19 now becoming available throughout many parts of the world, although progress is slow in many parts, we are wondering what the workplace will look like in the emerging reset economy. 

Will the “she-cession” in which more women than men have lost jobs subside, and how will we address the underlying issues facing women where they have had to curtail careers in order to facilitate caring responsibilities.  There is no doubt that the future of work, and life, has been revolutionised by the challenges we have experienced in the last year. The important questions to ask are: How is it evolving, and how are we all responding to it? These were very much the questions that were raised at our recent Diversity Lab which we held in the end of March, where senior leaders across multiple industries came together to discuss these questions and share, learn and connect together. One key take away was to see this as ‘The Great Learning’. What can we learn about ourselves as a society and how can we future proof gender equality going forward. 

Another source of hope and inspiration was drawn from our recent PWN Summit, held International Women's Day (8th March), celebrating inspirational women around the globe. We had 13 Speakers, 20 PWN organising teams, 38 countries with 90 nationalities involved and over 1200 + registrants to mark International Women’s Day 2021. Over the course of the event, we enjoyed fireside chats, keynote speakers, video messages, music and celebration from world-renowned thought leaders. Our community came together. We recognised and experienced the sheer potency of inspiration, and its potential impact on everything we do, offering us energy to keep going. We are stronger together. Read the full article from a volunteer's perspective and key takeaways from the event.  

If you are not already a member or have let your membership lapse, please do take time to join us - keeping connected to a support community is more important than ever.  

Enjoy this edition and please remember to forward it to your friends and colleagues who you think will enjoy it too, keep the inspiration and hope flowing. 

Please stay safe, stay well and stay connected. 

 Best regards!

Carina Furlong, Co-President, PWN Global



Carina Furlong
PWN Global




Sheila Gemin
PWN Global


*The Q2 intro was written by Carina Furlong 

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