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  • 2019 Own Your Career Program: a new big success for PWN Milan!

    5 August 2019

    On July 4 – hosted on the BCG terasse – we celebrated the last two editions of our program for Young Talented Women. Our secret recipe:

    • + 60 committed students from five different universities
    • + 8 female role models from six corporates ready for giving back their professional and personal experiences
    • + 4 soft skills workshops for empowering young talents before entering the work place

    for MAKING the DIFFERENCE in gender gap at work.

    We thank all our corporate partners and its Role Models :

    PWN Milan constantly invests in inspiring women in networking, self-promoting, connecting each other and negotiating for being and for making the best.

    Please have a look of the inspiring video made by Martina Antuofermo : the winner of the the 2019 KickOffYour Creativity competition.

    We are very proud to share with all of you that, in autumn, we will launch the new edition of the program: STAY TUNED!!

    If you know young female students (last year of Bachelor – laurea triennale & fist year of Master – laurea specialistica) interested in applying for selection, we suggest to invite them for checking the official website program www.kickoffyourfuture.it and the PWN Milan social networks: news will be posted soon!

  • For those who missed PWN Special Networking Aperitivo with Women’s Networks | European Gender Policies and Representation | June 20th

    28 July 2019

    Gender equality concerns us all. 

    It is a fundamental right as well as an internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goal. 

    Having gender balance in politics and in the workplace is an essential feature of stable and transparent democracies. 

    It not only encourages economic development but also promotes overall well-being and leads to a more inclusive and fair Europe for both women and men.

    Women across Europe have the right to equality, empowerment and safety, but for far too many these rights are not yet a reality.

    In some countries, the political and economic participation of women is moving backwards. An abundance of data and statistics show that women, who make up half of our population, are under-represented in decision-making positions in politics and in business and still earn on average 16 % less than men across the European Union. What is more, gender-based violence and harassment remain widespread.

    These facts are unacceptable and very much against the fundamental values and principles of the EU. It is of utmost importance that we practise what we preach by taking positive measures to address inequalities between women and men and by tackling all forms of discrimination in our society.

    The EU has made significant progress in gender equality over the last decades. This is the result of:•

    • equal treatment legislation
    • gender mainstreaming, integration of the gender perspective into all other policies
    • specific measures for the advancement of women

    The strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019 is the framework for the European Commission's future work towards full gender equality.

    The Commission works to improve equality between women and men in Europe. It focuses on five priority areas:

    • increasing female labour market participation and economic independence of women and men
    • reducing the gender pay, earnings and pension gaps and thus fighting poverty among women
    • promoting equality between women and men in decision-making
    • combating gender-based violence and protecting and supporting victims
    • promoting gender equality and women's rights across the world

    In 2017, a variety of initiatives started in all of these areas. Priority was given to actions on violence against women, work-life balance and gender pay gap. 

    This year’s Annual Fundamental Rights Colloquium on “Women’s Rights in Turbulent Times” brought together a large number of high-level politicians, as well as researchers, journalists, NGOs, businesses and international organisations and addressed all these priority topics. 

    The Commission also declared 2017 a Year of Focused Actions on Ending Violence against Women.

    The Commission is determined to ensure that the EU continues throughout 2018 and 2019 to deliver on the commitments made in the Strategic engagement to advance and promote equal and inclusive societies in Europe.

    Let’s follow the next EU initiatives on gender equality and support them! Even in your work places! 

    Text edited by Alissia Molteni

  • For those who missed PWN Networking Aperitivo | Resilience & Sport | 15 May 2019

    18 May 2019

    During our great interactive evening, hosted by the cosmetic brand Lierac headquarter, the running coach Julia Jones and the executive coach Hooda Soodi discussed and clarified how skills such as tenacity and resilience are key to overcoming difficult moments and new challenges, both in sports and in life. 

    The pressures faced by athletes who compete in sport around the world are extensive and can originate from a variety of sources. These “elements of stress” may be associated with an athlete’s competitive performance or an organizational environment.

    It is common for researchers as well as coaches, performance directors and sports organizations to study the difference between athletes and teams who thrive under pressure and achieve peak performances and those who yield to pressure and underperform. These differences are often attributed to the concept of resilience which researchers indicate as a pre-requisite for sporting success.

    Over the past couple of decades, our understanding of human behavior in demanding situations has developed rapidly, with resilience being examined across a range of contexts, including business organizations, education, health care settings and communities. This research has been instrumental in developing our understanding of resilience and in creating successful intervention programs to develop resilience in some of these domains. 

    Recent evidence, in fact, suggests that problems may occur when applying key findings of resilience research to athletes. That is, the voluntary nature of sport sets it apart from many other domains because athletes often intentionally immerse themselves in challenging and stressful situations to develop and deliver their performance. 

    Recently, due to increasing popularity, a growing body of work has emerged exploring resilience specifically in athletes. Further, a recent review of the literature has helped to clarify our understanding of resilience in these populations by evaluating current conceptualizations of resilience research in sport and offering areas of future research development. 

    But what is resilience?  

    The term resilience refers to the ability of a substance to regain its shape following deformation. 

    When associated to humans, resilience means a psychological mental condition that pushes the ability to bounce back from a poor performance or a mistake or simply from a “down moment” of life, and succeed.  

    Literature across various domains of psychology has provided several definitions which vary significantly and depend on the context of activities investigated and conceptualization of resilience as a trait or a process. 

    Athletes (as much as us in our daily messy lives) need to remain in the present moment and focus on the task at hand. It is difficult to focus on the present when the mind is occupied with an error that occurred three plays ago.

    Performance errors may cause an athlete (and even a person against work environment) to lose control of their emotions as well as diminish their confidence. The whirlwind of negative emotions coupled with reduced confidence only leads to more errors and further deterioration of performance.

    Developing “mental toughness” or resilience will help an athlete (and a person) perform well in the face of adversity. A resilient athlete is one who is able to overcome setbacks, remain confident, and focus on the present. 

    How to do that? By exercising, by being focused, by being determined and present.

    The saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” applies perfectly to this concept.

    It is the way we concentrate on our energies and, first of all, on us by putting ourselves and our needs at the center of our thoughts. 

    The ability to let go of mistakes is vital to a successful performance. The better you can do this, the better equipped it will be to cope with trying situations both in sport and both in life.  

    So ladies, be strong, be present, overcome your limits and put the past mistakes aside

    Concentrate on the next goal and go on. Go on for your success, for yourself and for your personal, intimate, satisfaction. 

    And, take care of yourself! Start now, run of swim, but start moving your body, start immediately and happiness will come to you. 

    Text edited by Alissia Molteni

  • PWN Milan - 2019 Board Elections

    6 May 2019

    During the 2019 General Assembly which will take place on Wednesday 15th May 2019 at 6 pm at Maison LIERAC,  Largo Donegani, 2 -  Milan (M3 Turati), PWN Milan Members will have the chance to elect new Board members.

    Here is the link to register to the General Assembly and here are the  candidate's biographies by each Board Position. Please, take a look at them before voting at the General Assembly.

    Membership Experience Co-Director

    Corporate Partners Co-Director

    Events Director





  • For those who missed PWN Networking Aperitivo | Personal PRESENCE: A skill so crucial to your success, and yet so few know how to develop it | 4th April 2019 

    7 April 2019

    Our great coach Hooda Soodi conducted a miniworkshop and unfolded the 4 secrets to be happy and to be present in our daily life.

    Have you ever seen someone walk into a room and you are instantly drawn to him/her?  Is it about his/her clothes or shoes or something less tangible that instantly attracts you? That something is called PRESENCE.

    When we “sense” someone like that in a split second, it is actually more about his/her personal presence and the energy we pick up from him/her. Authentic, positive personal presence draws us in. It’s about the way the person carry him/herself, the way he/she walks and the positive impact he/she has on other people. Personal presence is actually a state of being and when mastered, it can allow you to tap into your higher choices, reduce fears and greatly influence the people around you.

    Having presence isn’t about being the loudest person in the room or the one with the biggest ego or charisma. It’s simply about being present and engaged in the moment, bringing your highest energy and self into a situation and being truly authentic. You can also have presence simply by the way you choose to listen to another person, or how attentive you are during a meeting.

    In another way, something that stands you over all other people, over the actual moment, over the noises.

    Here are some top tips for building Personal Presence:

    • Manage your mind/body balance

    Start by creating balance in your internal world. This will give you the opportunity to get yourself in the peak performance zone and to be in the present moment. A simple technique which may assist you in becoming present is to try “Balanced breathing”. You can do this at any time by using a balanced inhale/exhale breathing cycle- simply inhaling for 6 seconds and then exhaling for 6 seconds. If you do this regularly for a few minutes at a time, it will help to bring your nervous system into balance. An additional benefit of doing this is that it allows you to tap into good decision making and use all the resources available within your head, heart and gut brains.

    • Regularly ask yourself the question: How do I show up every day?

    How are you feeling when you show up at work? Do you feel energised looking forward to a new day or are you tired and plugged into negativity? When you speak to your clients and colleagues are you just going through the motions or are you really connecting with them? If your mind is filled with “chit chatter” when you speak to others, you are not living in the present moment. Remember, your presence is about what other people experience when they spend time with you. 

    • Nurture your network 

    Think about the relationships you have with other people in your organisation. Are they in a good state or do they need a little nourishing? Do you need to take a little more time to make a few deposits in your network bank account or do you already have a great balance of contacts who you can call upon for help and support? Do people feel the value and contribution of your presence, or do you end up only contacting them when you need their help?

    • Learn to deal with your energy 

    To work effectively with your energy, you need to be aware of what drains your energy and what elevates your energy or strengthens you. By taking the time to identify this, you can choose to put the majority of your efforts into your strengths and leverage these into your work. This will result in you feeling and being far more present and productive. After identifying what drains your energy, take steps to mitigate any areas of weaknesses by adding resources to these tasks such as systems, processes and also calling in an expert with those strengths if required.

    So what will be your next action? Set a goal and improve in being “sensed” by others.

    Text edited by Alissia Molteni

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