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PWN Paris Newsletter - 2017 Winter issue

Dear Members,

As the year starts, we extend to you and your families our sincere greetings; we wish 2018 will bring you joy, health and the professional success you are expecting.

2017 was again a year rich of developments for PWN Paris. And we would like to whole-heartedly thank you for your trust, faithfulness and commitment to make it happen and contribute to promote balanced leadership.

Let us highlight some of the great activities we run:

·  Great networking events, men friendly, in festive environments such as Baccarat 

· The "Women in transition » program is now very active. Activities are centered around sharing experiences, practivces, tips, energy; a nice example of solidarity and we know how important it is is in uncertain times.

·  Classical and reverse mentoring programs made a hit as usual

·  Professional development came up with a very strong program to develop skills and value

·  For Top executives committee, 2018 will be key with the publication of the new edition “Guide de l’Administrateure” and specific events to embark to the next level  

·  The Think-tank team is studying the ambition factor in women’s career

·  Entrepreneurship climax was in November with the Prize of the Responsible Female Entrepreneur, awarded to Lucile Hamon, young entrepreneur who created with Kesia Vasoncelos BatiPoenix, a digital platform B2B (business to business) dedicated to the valuation of materials from demolition or surplus. 

Let us take the opportunity of this prize to comment on women entrepreneurship.

Unfortunately they are still too few women daring to create their start-up (25 % of companies only are headed by a women in 2017 in France according to the association Femmes Chefs d'Entreprise). It is not the envy which is lacking to them: 69 % of women consider that starting/running a business is more rewarding than being a salaried employee in a company according to the barometer OpinionWay for the APCE of 2012. However their companies remain very small (SMB): only 13 % of companies created by women have more than 2 employees! 

Then why? What are the brakes? In the stand that we recently published "so that the start-up nation is transformed into responsible unicorn " (see below*) we call upon President Macron and to his government to take measures to release women at the same time from their daily mental loads, but also from material constraints which their are affixed. We wait from now on for concrete political actions to allow women to get more easily involved in the development of their company and so to release the potential of the French entrepreneurial "momentum".

Moving forward to 2018

From the survey we conducted in the fall 2017, it highlights that your main purpose to be a member is professional development and creating opportunities through networking. Spot on, it is our mission. Now it is our role, board and volunteers, to craft the programs you expect. 

We heard you about:

·  Renewing themes covered during workshops/events…, 

·  Bringing diversity in the network (younger members, more international women…) and 

·  Adapting events organisation (affordability, time in the day…)

We will make our best endeavors to bring the change your are looking for.

However, we won’t succeed without you.

Be part of the story and make PWN a collective success: share with us anytime your suggestions, be the best PWN ambassador to your friends and company.


With our warmest and friendly regards,

Cécile Bernheim & Françoise Derolez,

PWN Paris co-Presidents


* Read full article (French version): 



The “Prix de l'Entrepreneure Responsable“ : 1 Prize, several experiences


By Aude Latouche

On November 7th, took  place the Prix de l’Entrepreneure Responsable ceremony. 


Interviews and Portraits

Lucile Hamon, Batiphoenix


By Sophie Videment

PER 2017 : And the Winner is… Batiphoenix. The 7th edition of the PER (Prix Entrepreneure Responsable) was awarded on the 7th of November to a young and passionate start-upper...


It happened at PWN Paris

Christmas Party: What You Missed From This Prestigious Night 


By Julie Compagny

One of the events we are most proud of at PWN Paris is our yearly Christmas Party. For this edition, Maison Baccarat accepted to receive us gladly, giving us the opportunity to...


Workplace conflicts event: how to harness its energy for creativity


By Caroline Bertholier

How to combine the transmission of some tools for a better work conflict management and an exchange of personal experiences. 


Speaker’s Dinner at Le Sénat, A Lovely Night with Marie-Christine Levet


By Julie Compagny

It is 7:30 pm when the participants enter in the beautiful room of Le Restaurant du Sénat. Some are members of PWN Paris, others not, but rapidly, they all sit and start to...


Running@PWN Paris: join the team!


By Andrea Vielhaber

The PWN Paris running team “Running @PWN Paris” is a great mix of beginners and experienced runners with a fantastic team spirit. We train regularly and take part in races in...


PWN Paris Mentoring

Mentoring, a resourceful upcycling opportunity


By Sandy Beky

Last November 8th about fifty of us gathered in one of the rooms of the very prestigious Société d’Encouragement de l’Industrie on the Place Saint Germain in Paris to launch the new...


Gender equality and private life

When Your Supportive Spouse Turns Selfish


by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

Professionally ambitious women really only have two options when it comes to their personal partners: a super supportive partner, or no partner at all. Anything in...


Maydee project


by Julie Hebting

Maydee arose from my personal experience -- the difficulties I had to balance my career and family life after the birth of my child -- and from the observation that women still...


Inspirations et opinions

Le Roseau penchant, histoire d'une merveilleuse opération


 By Nadalette La Fonta Six

Once upon a time…I was one of you, a busy and active, professional woman, PWN member since 2004, board member from 2005 to 2010, manager, coach, serving communities,...


Laurence Devillers and the Gender Bias in Artificial Intelligence


By Sophie Videment

There has been an intense debate lately on the hopes and fears raised by the use of Artificial Intelligence in all aspects of our daily lives, including our jobs, homes, and...


Femmes, osons pour réussir!


by Sophie Muffang

Femmes, osons pour réussir:  the affordable coaching to boost your career!


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