WomenWay is a network for women professionals and executives, entrepreneurs, and board candidates. Its goal is to help, motivate, and inspire women to reach their full potential both professionally and personally more quickly, effectively and successfully cymbalta high. WomenWay´s vision is to lead the way into a new world where women ´s rights are fully protected, female talents are empowered, and regardless to gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, opportunities are endless. WomenWay’s belief is that besides creating more visibility for female role models, mentorship is one of the most powerful tools that women can have at any stage of their careers to advance themselves both personally and professionally, get motivated and inspired to take the next big step on the career ladder, and achieve their lifelong goals and aspirations.
Founder and President, Carole Hofmann, is active as entrepreneur and investor in technology and finance. She has co-founded and built a number of businesses and led large projects in software and online platform development in the TMT and finance industry. She also mentors female founders and start-ups herself. Carole studied Psychology with minors in Computer Science and Media Science and holds a M.Sc. from the University of Zurich.
I first met Carole in Geneva where she was holding the first ever WomenWay event in Geneva at the Victorinox Flagship Store in Geneva, and also teamed up with the Professional Women Network Lausanne & Geneva (PWN) on this occasion.
I was greeted by Carole, who is not only exceedingly bright but also warm and friendly. She made me feel very welcome. The event’s guest speaker reflected the ambience of sharing and caring. It was the brilliant and talented Jennifer Blanke, Chief Economist of the World Economic Forum. Jennifer Blanke gave an overview over her work at the WEF, and was then interviewed on her career and current topics on the global agenda in regard to economic growth and social inclusion.
Jennifer Blanke explained in her presentation how income inequality has worsened on a global basis, pointing at Russia, China, Indonesia, and South Africa as negative examples. Even though the situation in the United States as well as in Europe and Australia looks better, there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Focusing on solutions, Jennifer Blanke pointed out what reinforces inclusive growth – namely the quality and quantity of education, fiscal transfers, business and political ethics, fair wages, and access to basic services and equal opportunities in the workforce. As a next big event, WomenWay will hold the first Female Founder Summit in November this year in Zurich. Women are a competitive factor in our economies and are playing more and more important roles. This is of specific importance as research shows that more balanced teams create more capital efficiency, ROI, and revenues.
“With more women in charge, decisions become long-term focused, hence focused on sustainability – which is urgently needed in order to make our economies and societies sustainable, deal with upcoming challenges, and secure basically our long-term survival.” Carole Hofmann says.
The summit aims to encourage more women to become entrepreneurs and also to team up with existing all-male teams, and support women in finding access to networks, mentors, and capital – as there is still a funding gap for women and generally not enough money invested in start-ups in Switzerland.
She goes on: “We have Ari Horie from the Women’s Startup Lab in Silicon Valley here, who provides specific programs for women entrepreneurs to get a foot into Silicon Valley, and we will have exponents from large Venture Capital funds here such as Erich Sieber from Nestle’s VC Fund Inventages, with over one billion in committed capital. And registration is now open.”
Article by Sunita Sehmi