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PWN Paris Newsletter February 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Just ahead of International Women’s Day, we would like to highlight a survey by Accenture saying that company culture and programs are crucial to fostering diversity and filling in wage gaps. Are we finally reaching the goal in France? Unfortunately not! There are still differences in terms of salaries, and retirement; the stereotypes of inequality remain prevalent. Much remains to be done, even if the French government is now committed to equal pay. The recent law proposed by Muriel Penicaud, French Minister of Labour, aims to enforce actions and check achievements. However, we are just at the beginning of the journey, even though we see some progress regarding women’s access to management positions. Let’s not give up! 

At the dawn of the third millennium, is it fair? is it healthy to neglect such potential? The fight against discrimination is primarily a matter of justice and equality. Significant advances have recently emerged, a change in attitudes among business leaders is undeniable and we see a real awareness. However, we must now take action, promoting programs and concrete actions for diversity, making gender diversity a reality in the French economy. As Mae Jemison said, "It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it and make it the life you want to live." 

Entrepreneuship:  It is quite simply obvious that we need to develop our entrepreneurial spirit, as only 30% of start-ups are created by women. So, spread the word that our Prix de l’Entrepreuneure Responsable is an opportunity to dare to be your own boss. The application deadline is March 15, 2019. What is our ambition for entrepreneurship? Change the world through a sustainable project. 

Mentoring:  As the first French women's multicultural and multi-sector professional network, we at PWN believe that we can be the agents for change. In this spirit, we are launching, on February 20, the first pilot gathering men as mentees and women as mentors. Together, we will see and understand where we need to evolve, what the attitudes and programs to be initiated are, in order to beat the stereotypes and break the glass ceiling to achieve a real balance, that will be beneficial for both competitiveness and innovation. 

Congress 2019 – “Talent, Value yours” will take place on June 12, and reflects our theme of the year, “Talents and Jobs of Tomorrow”. During this special day, you will meet experts, understand the challenges of tomorrow, as well as imagine and accelerate your own professional career, build your strategy, collect gold nuggets and reveal your talents. Book your seat now. 

Keep in mind that networking is key to professional life. To accelerate your career, PWN Paris offers numerous opportunities, bringing together multi-talented women, across sectors, in an international community of more than 30 nationalities. Take a look at all the planned events and book your calendar.

At PWN we believe that the success is in our hands. "You become what you believe." a very good piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey.

With our warm regards,

Françoise & Cécile

Françoise Derolez & Cécile Bernheim
PWN Paris Presidents


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