Empowered women empower women – a case for professional women initiatives and network building

Empowered women empower women – a case for professional women initiatives and network building

Event Start Date:
November 9, 2019
Event End Date:
November 9, 2019
Event Venue:
Xochicuicatl e.V., Winsstraße 58, 10405 Berlin

Ensuring equal opportunity and preventing gender-based discrimination are necessary preconditions for women’s empowerment in our societies. However, to achieve gender equality in professional environments and to empower all women to thrive in their professions, it is crucial that women support each other in developing their careers and business opportunities. Professional women initiatives and networks provide room for women to enhance their own network of professional contacts, as well as to offer expertise, advice and mentoring.

In this session, we will explore the rationale for strengthening professional women initiatives and networks and how we may all benefit from women empowering and advocating for other women in the workplace. With our panelists from a range of organisations, we will discuss:

  • What are opportunities and challenges that professional women initiatives face in different industries?
  • How can women support each other in the most effective ways?
  • How important is it to also get male colleagues involved?


When? 9 November 2019, 4pm to 6pm

Where? Xochicuicatl e.V., Winsstraße 58, 10405 Berlin

What to expect?

  • Presentation “Empowered women empower women” by Virginia Sondergeld (Co-founder – The Women in Economics Initiative)
  • Discussion “Breaking up the boys club and resolving the queen bee syndrome” – on opportunities and challenges of professional women networks and initiatives with our panelists
    • Orsi Imre, Facilitator – Mind the Gap e.V.
    • Danielle Keiser, Co-founder and CEO – MH Hub
    • Lisa Lauton, Senior Consultant and Member of Women at Oliver Wyman
    • Hypatia Frauennetzwerk Erneuerbare Energien und Cleantech e.V.

This event is open to everybody interested in women empowerment, regardless of gender and professional background. Please register for the event via this link.

The session “Empowered women empower women – a case for professional women initiatives and network building” takes place as part of the project “breaking blades”, a project from Antje Pohsegger in cooperation with Menstrual Health Hub – MH Hub and TERRE DES FEMMES e.V..

We are looking forward to a vibrant discussion!

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Our speakers and panelists

Virginia Sondergeld, The Women in Economics Initiative e.V.

Virginia is Co-founder and Chair of The Women in Economics Initiative (“WiE”). She leads WiE’s strategic development by guiding new ideas and activities, and coordinating organisational processes.
Virginia is a PhD candidate at the Berlin School of Economics since October 2019. Previously she gained 3y of experience in economic consulting as an Economic Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting, focusing on the economics of energy and infrastructure markets. Virginia holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Goethe University, Frankfurt.


Orsolya Imre, Mind the Gap e.V.

Orsolya Imre is a People and Organization Manager at MING Labs, a global UX Design agency. Sheworks on supporting the development of the organization and the people within. Her background is in training and facilitation within the non-profit spheres of Hungary and the US. She is an active member of Mind the Gap, an organization that empowers women to close the gender-based gaps in pay, investment and lifetime wealth through education.


Danielle Keiser, MH Hub

Danielle Keiser is a connector and collective impact instigator in the world of menstrual health. Having gotten her start in politics, advertising, and public information campaign development, Danielle launched and grew Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May) in 2013 until she started the MH Hub in 2016. Here she has been working to bring together, engage and impact the broader female health global community. Danielle uses her expertise and network to help both the public and private sector to see the menstrual cycle as the foundation and entry point to addressing female health across the lifecycle. Danielle currently consults for UNICEF, the world’s leading organization dedicated to defending children’s rights, around menstrual health innovation.

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