WIL’s purpose is to offer top-notch European women an intimate platform to discuss, exchange, and network in order to broaden their horizons, identify new opportunities and ideas, and develop their full leadership potential. 

The European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL) started in 2008 as an informal network at the initiative of Microsoft, INSEAD and the Women’s Forum, gathering prominent women from EU countries. In 2010, it became an NGO, created under the French 1901 Law of Associations.  

Since then, WIL has become a blue ribbon panel of women in senior management and executive positions from across Europe, aimed at leveraging their participation in leadership, by organizing high-level networking events that enable them to engage and exchange best practices on today’s societal, economic and political matters.  

WIL’s Premium Partners are Orange and Microsoft. Talentia Software, the law firm Osborne Clarke and INSEAD are Associate Partners of the organization. In addition, the Women Talent Pool Program is sponsored by Microsoft, Orange, Qualcomm and Atos. 

You can consult the status of the WIL association here 

MEP and Former VP of the EU Commission speaking at WIL’s 4th Anniversary event (2012) 

WIL Members 

WIL currently has approximately 250 Members who are powerful women business executives and emblematic entrepreneurs, high-civil servants and elected officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and academics. They all believe in the advancement of women in the economic and social spheres and are looking for new opportunities that are not readily available in their professional arenas. 


WIL Membership Criteria 

Members are invited to join the network by other members, with the agreement of the Board of directors. Membership status can take one of the following two forms:  

  • Individual members: women who hold leadership positions in organizations in the private or the public sectors and who agree to become members on an individual agreement basis. 
  • Institutional members: organizations that nominate women holding leadership positions within their structure to serve as their representatives within WIL. These organizations have visibility during our events and in our communications. This category of member comprises not only corporations, but more generally all organizations and institutions, and can include academics representing their institutions.

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