Kick Off Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
On 16 May 2019 the kick off event for Forum for Women Entrepreneurs took place at the Embassy of The Netherlands in Mexico. Over 40 women and a number of men participated in an inspirational afternoon that sought to understand current practice in Mexico and Latin America, demonstrate the advantages of gender equality, and empower women in the workplace.
The afternoon was officially opened by Her Excellency Margriet Leemhuis, Ambassador for The Netherlands to Mexico, who took the opportunity to underline the importance of gender inclusion for success. In The Netherlands there is still territory to gain for gender equality, but a positive shift towards a more equal society is proving to be beneficial for citizens and the local economy.
Forum for Women Entrepreneurs is an initiative of Lucy Ponce. She underlined the importance of these types of events in the quest for gender equality and hence more prospering organizations. Other speakers included Stephanie Rodas, from Aequality, who provided an overview of the current situation in Latin America and Mexico specifically. Indicating only 15% female participation in executive roles within Mexican organizations, there is much terrain to be gained. Regina Granados, CEO of Leaseplan, is one of such exceptional women in power and gladly shared her testimony with the participants. She spoke of struggle and obstacles during her road to success, but also how smaller achievements encouraged her to persist in obtaining her goals. Both men and women can achieve greatness through hard work and perseverance. The session was concluded by Mariana Padilla, CEO of TOPP Inteligencia Empresarial, who spoke of female leadership.
The event was co-organized by the Dutch embassy, Holland House Mexico and Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, in preparation of the upcoming Forum´s conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 27 – 29 May, 2019. The Forum serves as a platform that promotes integral growth of female leaders, entrepreneurs, young professionals, and change agents. The aim is to empower women in the workplace, stimulate commercial networks, share knowledge and contribute to the development of women’s leadership.
More information on the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs: https://www.forumwomenenterpreneurs.com/