Connecting, inspiring and empowering women to lead the way
Since 2010, WIL Europe has been acting as a platform where senior level women can meet and exchange, network, enlarge their horizons, and identify opportunities and ideas that are not readily available in their current social and professional environments. We achieve our mission through international and local events, peer networking, core social and economic debates with key political and business leaders, and via our Women Talent Pool programme.
Events and Networking Sessions
WIL events touch upon a diverse range of topics and offers our senior-level female Members, Talents and Friends the opportunity to broaden their understanding and speak on a variety of pertinent issues, as well as to expand their horizons beyond their immediate working environment. Our events are always a great occasion for the participants to network and connect with one-another, as well as with other high-level decision makers.
Each year, WIL Europe organizes a two-day Annual Gathering for its Members, Talents and Friends. The meeting takes place in a European capital and includes debates, networking sessions, training and workshops.
This year, WIL Europe held its Annual Gathering in Milan on 21 and 22 June 2019. The event was hosted by our partner Microsoft and by Cariplo Factory and Fidenza Village, who alongside Tech Italy Advocates and Softlab, also sponsored the event. More than 80 participants had the opportunity to meet and exchange with other WIL members, WTP participants/Alumni and selected guests. The event included: a customised visit around the Microsoft Technology centre for participants of our Women Talent pool programme; panel debates on artificial intelligence and startups; networking lunches and dinners at the Microsoft house, Terraza Martini and Cariplo Factory; cultural visit to Palazzo Reale Art exhibition and a shopping day the Italian way at Fidenza village. Find the report here.
Three times a year, WIL Europe organizes EU Debates in the European Parliament. Our debates attract a variety of leaders in the private, public and academic sectors and aim to provide insights for our members and friends on selected themes, allowing them to react, ask questions and exchange in an open and stimulating environment.
Our last EU Debates focused on Gender Diversity in the Workplace (read report) and on EU Digital Health (read report) and were hosted by WIL Board Member and MEP Pervenche Berès, and MEP Lieve Wierinck.
Exclusive Executive Events
The WIL network also organizes exclusive meetings for its members with opinion leaders and European political, economic, social and academic elites.
On 8 March 2016, some of our members were given the opportunity to meet and discuss with Emmanuel Macron, then Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and talent management, at the Ministry of Economy and Finance with the support of Women Equity for Growth. Find out more here.
WIL Europe organises local gatherings in various European cities, providing the opportunity for our members to connect and exchange. For example, on 21 February 2019, WTP Participants, Members, Alumnae and Friends came together in London at the Expedia offices to reconnect, network, and listen to discussions on leadership, career developments and more. Read more here.
Woman Talent Pool Programme
The WIL - Women Talent Pool programme (WTP) is a unique cross-sectoral leadership programme that aims to train and promote a new generation of women leaders in Europe. WIL - WTP is dedicated to young female talents (7-10 years of experience) identified as high potential with the ability, ambition and motivation to rise and reach tier 1 positions.
The Programme offers a possibility to access all WIL events, meetings and networking sessions in addition to online and offline learning opportunities, such as workshops, trainings and webinars.
For more information, please click here.
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