Digital Leadership Academy Launch

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Digital Leadership Academy, the very first initiative of the newly-formed Digital Leadership Institute, organisation behind Women2020!  In its first year, the DLA will carry out a year-long training program for future female digital leaders, starting on 23 April 2014 in Brussels, in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day!

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Digital Leadership Academy
The Digital Leadership Academy aims to close the ICT skills gap and increase the number of female entrepreneurs and leaders in digital sectors in Europe and beyond, by delivering digital and leadership skills to young and career-age women. The DLA approach combines cross-generational mentoring and technical, business and leadership skills development with the goal of building a resilient community of female digital leaders, confident and prepared for long-term, fruitful careers in digital sectors.

The DLA approach is unique because:

  • Topics addressed meet a real need;
  • Content provides both theoretical background and practical experience; There is opportunity for self-reflection and interaction;
  • Motivation is stimulated; and
  • People have fun.

2014 Digital Leadership Series
In 2014, DLA will launch an inaugural Digital Leadership Series consisting of twelve seminars (two hours each) taking place from April to December in Brussels for a group of twenty teen- and career-age women. The series will be split between fun, hands-on, result-oriented workshops that deliver practical, creative, digital skills, and leadership and business seminars that address personal and professional skills for success.  All courses will be led by a team of DLA digital, business and leadership experts.

Practical
The 2014 Digital Leadership Series will be carried out from April to December* in Brussels. Places are available for individuals wishing to take part in the program and organisations wishing to sponsor young women or women in transition to participate in the series.

Please contact us if you would be interested in becoming a DLA 2014 candidate, if you would like to sponsor a participant in the DLA 2014 class, or if your organisation would like to support the Digital Leadership Academy!  More information about the 2014 Digital Leadership Series may be found here.

Time to Act!

Time To ActOn 6 March 2014 in Brussels, the Women2020 platform celebrated a major milestone in its activities of the past year. On this day, we announced formal release of “Time to Act,” the Women2020 Action Plan for promoting women’s contribution to achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.  The report includes a cover-letter from European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and contains conclusions and recommendations taken directly from the five high-level Women2020 meetings that took place in 2013.

Barroso Letter for Women2020The Women2020 Action Plan release dinner, hosted by DIGITALEUROPE, was attended by key supporters and partners of the Women2020 dialogue who enjoyed a keynote by Ms. Jane Griffiths, Chairman of Janssen EMEA, a welcome address from Mr. John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, and a Women2020 partner update by Ms. Marie-Laurence Demousselle from Female Boardpool Belgium.

JGriffithsThe 6 March gathering was also the occasion to celebrate International Women’s Day 2014 and official launch of the Digital Leadership Institute, a new Brussels-based NGO, successor to Zen Digital Europe, and the organisation behind Women2020, whose mission is to bridge the gender gap and digital divide worldwide by educating and empowering female digital leaders of today and tomorrow.

To enjoy pictures from the Women2020 Release Dinner and receive your own copy of “Time to Act,” please visit the DLI homepage!

Women2020 Action Plan Release

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Please join us 18:00-20:30 on 6 March 2014 at DIGITALEUROPE in Brussels to celebrate International Women’s Day 2014, release of the Women2020 Action Plan and launch of the Digital Leadership Institute!

Draft Agenda:

18:00-18:30 - Registration & Walking Dinner

18:30-18:45 - Host Welcome by Mr. John Higgins, General Director, DIGITALEUROPE

http://www.digitaleurope.org18:45-19:00 - Keynote Address by Dr. Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen Europe, Middle East and Africa

19:00-19:15 – Official Release of the Women2020 Action Plan by Ms. Cheryl Miller, Founder, Women2020

19:15-19:30- Women2020 Partner Update by Ms. Marie-Laurence Demousselle, for Female Boardpool Belgium
19:30-19:45 - Launch of the Digital Leadership Institute

19:45-20:30 – Reception

Donations to attend this event support the Women2020 platform.

Registration is required and spaces are limited.

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Young Women2020 Wrap-up

To close off the Women2020 Series 2013 in style, on 17 December 2013 a stellar panel of speakers and record number of young professionals engaged in a discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing young women and impacting their ability to contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 strategy of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.  The final event of the 2013 Women2020 platform was hosted by CISCO and held in a lovely Brussels location near the European Institutions. Photos may be found here and an event report will be available soon!

 

 

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Leading Women2020 Wrap-Up

On 14 November 2013, Women2020 carried out the fourth of our five-part series on “the contribution of women to the Europe 2020 strategy,” with a high-level breakfast briefing on “Women in Leadership for Inclusive Growth,” generously hosted at the GSMA offices in Brussels. The event featured a world-class panel leading a discussion on women in leadership, particularly in high-tech and STEM sectors, and was attended by high-ranking members of the public and private sectors, and academia.

GSMA_logoPhotos of the event are available here, and a report of the briefing will be available shortly.

Young Women2020 Event

IMG_7030The fifth and final 2013 event of the Women2020 platform will take place in Brussels on Tuesday, 17 December,18:00-20:30.  This event will take the form of a dinner briefing for a total of forty speakers and attendees on the topic of Young Women for Europe 2020.  Thanks to Cisco Belux, our hosts, several places for this event have been made available free of charge.  To reserve a place, please visit the following link:  http://bit.ly/youngwomen2020

Young Women for Europe 2020:
Promoting Young Women for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Europe 

Draft Agenda:
18:00-18:50 - Registration and networking dinner
18:25-18:30 - Host welcome
18:30-18:50 – Keynote Mr. Mikael Gustafsson, Chair, European Parliament FEMM Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
18:50-19:40 - Panelist presentations moderated by Ms. Cheryl Miller, Founder of Women2020

19:40-20:25 – Discussion with Attendees & Online Participants
20:25-20:30 – Closing Remarks

Live Webstreaming:  The entire event will be live-streamed here for public participation.

Women2020 Rapporteur:  Ms. Inge De Prins

2013 Series: This is the fifth and final event in a series of high-level Women2020 gatherings taking place throughout 2013, addressing topics related to women’s contribution to achieving the Europe 2020 vision. The entire agenda is the following:

  • COMPLETED: 8 March (12:00-14:00 at DIGITALEUROPE, Brussels): Women for Smart, Sustainable & Inclusive Growth: Promoting the Contribution of Women to Achieving the Europe2020 Vision
  • COMPLETED: 25 April (8:00-10:30 at DIGITALEUROPE, Brussels): Women in STEM for Smart Growth: Promoting Women’s Education, Jobs and Leadership in STEM Sectors in Europe
  • COMPLETED: 15 May (8:00-10:30 at Google, Brussels): Women in Enterprise for Sustainable Growth: Promoting Women-led Innovation and Enterprise, and Women Entrepreneurs in Europe
  • COMPLETED:  14 November (8:00-10:30 at GSMA, Brussels): Women in Leadership for Inclusive Growth: Promoting Women in Public & Private Sector Leadership
  • COMPLETED:  17 December (18:00-20:30 hosted by CISCO in Brussels): Young Women for Europe 2020: Promoting Young Women for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Europe

Upcoming Events:

Action Plan: In collaboration with our media partners, Business Incubator Magazine and New Europe, a Women2020 Action Plan will be published at the beginning of 2014 on the basis of the Women2020 dialogues.

Please sign our petition supporting 40% Women on Europe’s Boards of Directors!

Partners & Sponsors: For inquiries on how your organisation can support the Women2020 initaitive, please contact us.

The Women2020 platform is made possible by the generous contribution of our partners and sponsors.

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Leading Women2020 Event

IMG_7419The fourth 2013 event of the Women2020 platform will take place at the GSMA offices in Brussels on Thursday, 14 November 2013, 8:00-10:30. This event will take the form of an invitation-only breakfast briefing for a total of forty speakers and attendees on the topic of Women in Leadership for Inclusive Growth — one of the three pillars of the European 2020 Strategy.

Participation: This event is Invitation Only. To express your interest in being invited to attend, please follow this link and fill in an Attendee Nomination form to submit to the organisers.

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Women in Leadership for Inclusive Growth:
Promoting Women in Public and Private Sector Leadership in Europe 

Draft Agenda:
8:00-8:50 - Registration and networking breakfast
8:45-8:50 - Host welcome
8:50-9:40 - Panelist presentations moderated by Ms. Cheryl Miller, Founder of Women2020

9:40-10:25 – Discussion with Attendees & Online Participants
10:25-10:30 – Closing Remarks
Live Webstreaming:  The entire event will be live-streamed here for public participation.
Women2020 Rapporteur:  Ms. Inge De Prins

2013 Series: The 14 November event is the fourth in a series of high-level Women2020 gatherings taking place throughout 2013, addressing topics related to women’s contribution to achieving the Europe 2020 vision. The entire agenda is the following:

  • COMPLETED: 8 March (12:00-14:00 at DIGITALEUROPE, Brussels): Women for Smart, Sustainable & Inclusive Growth: Promoting the Contribution of Women to Achieving the Europe2020 Vision
  • COMPLETED: 25 April (8:00-10:30 at DIGITALEUROPE, Brussels): Women in STEM for Smart Growth: Promoting Women’s Education, Jobs and Leadership in STEM Sectors in Europe
  • COMPLETED: 15 May (8:00-10:30 at Google, Brussels): Women in Enterprise for Sustainable Growth: Promoting Women-led Innovation and Enterprise, and Women Entrepreneurs in Europe
  • 14 November (8:00-10:30 at GSMA, Brussels): Women in Leadership for Inclusive Growth: Promoting Women in Public & Private Sector Leadership
  • 17 December (18:00-20:30 at TBA, Brussels): Young Women for Europe 2020: Promoting Young Women for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Europe

Upcoming Events:  Forthcoming Women2020 Events include the following:

  • January 2014 (TBC – Google, Brussels):  Release Event Women2020 Action Plan

Action Plan: In collaboration with our media partners, Business Incubator Magazine and New Europe, a Women2020 Action Plan will be published at the beginning of 2014 on the basis of the Women2020 dialogues.

Involvement: Please contact the organiser for more information about the Women2020 platform, or to sponsor or host a Women2020 event.

Please sign our petition supporting 40% Women on Europe’s Boards of Directors!

Partners & Sponsors: For inquiries on how your organisation can support the Women2020 initaitive, please contact us.

The Women2020 platform is made possible by the generous contribution of our partners and sponsors.

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Enterprising Women2020 Wrap-Up

On 15 May 2013 at the Google offices in Brussels, Women2020 convened the third event of its series and the first-ever “Women’s Meetup” of Google for Entrepreneurs in Brussels.  The breakfast on ”Women in Enterprise for Sustainable Growth” was launched by Dr. Joanna Drake, Director of SME Competitiveness at the European Commission’s Directorate for Enterprise and Industry, and followed by a panel of high-level speakers from the public sector and industry.

Key announcements made at the briefing include:

  • Official launch of inQube, Europe’s first “female digital accelerator” network
  • the European Commission Research, Innovation and Science Directorate’s European Union Women Innovators Prize 2014, and
  • ACT4Growth, a European Citizen’s Initiative to spur female entrepreneurship in Europe

A full report on the event is available here, and enjoy the pictures here! 

For a listing of upcoming Women2020 events, please visit our calendar here.

 

 

Smart Women2020 Wrap-Up

IMG_44On 25 April, we enjoyed a terrific Smart Women2020 event celebrating International Girls in ICT Day, that included a keynote speech kicking off the day by the United Nations ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré.

The Smart Women2020 event was attended by a total of forty-five invited speakers and participants and followed online via 125 webstreaming nodes and Twitter.  A full report on the event, entitled “Women2020: Smart Progress,” is available here, and be sure to enjoy further highlights below.

Regarding two important announcements made during the Smart Women2020 event, please find here links to the Women2020 Pledge and to inQube, Europe’s first digital female accelerator network, which will be formally launched at the next Women2020 breakfast briefing, “Women in Enterprise for Sustainanble Growth,” on 15 May at Google in Brussels.

In addition, with the patronage of the European Centre for Women and Technology and DIGITALEUROPE, Women2020 Founder, Cheryl Miller, had the honor of launching the Digital Woman of the YearDigital Girl of the Year and Digital Impact-Organisation of the Year Awards — prizes aimed at recognizing individual women, girls and organizations who distinguish themselves by improving the uptake of digital skills and jobs by girls and women in Europe.  More news on the awards will be forthcoming soon via Zen Digital Europe.

In the meantime, please enjoy pictures of the Smart Women2020 event included at the below link, as well as some lovely coverage of all of Girls in ICT Day by the UN’s International Telecom Union media team, including highlights of the Women2020 breakfast and our Digital Muse event:

For anyone interested in joining the upcoming Women2020 events, please consult the 2013 Series Calendar and be sure to express your interest in attending!

Enterprising Women2020 Event

The third 2013 event of the Women2020 platform will take place in Brussels at Google on Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 8:00-10:30. This event will take the form of an invitation-only breakfast briefing for a total of forty speakers and attendees on the topic of Women in Enterprise for Sustainable Growth — one of the three pillars of the European 2020 Strategy.

Participation: This event is Invitation Only. To express your interest in being invited to attend, please follow this link and fill in an Attendee Nomination form to submit to the organisers.

Women in Enterprise for Sustainable Growth:   Promoting Women-led Innovation and Enterprise, and Women Entrepreneurs in Europe

8:00-8:30 - Registration and networking breakfast

8:25-8:30 - Welcome

8:35-8:45 - Enterpreneurship 2020 keynote by Dr. Joanna Drake, Director of SME Competitiveness, European Commission DG Enterprise & Industry

8:45-9:30 – Panelist presentations moderated by Ms. Cheryl Miller, Founder of Women2020

  • Member of European Parliament – TBC
  • Ms. Madi Sharma, rapporteur for Women in Business and Women on Boards, European Economic & Social Committee
  • Ms. Angela Steen, Public Policy Manager, Google EMEA
  • Ms. Karen Wilson, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology & Industry, Structural Policy Division
  • Ms. Imelda Vital, Director, Amway International EU Affairs Office
  • Ms. Claire Munck, Director Business Development of Be Angels & Belgian Director of Go Beyond

9:30-10:15 – Discussion with Attendees & Online Participants

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10:15-10:25Official Launch of inQube.eu, the first European female digital accelerator network, by Ms. Cheryl Miller, Founder of Zen Digital Europe

10:25-10:30 – Closing Remarks

Live Webstreaming:  The entire event will be live-streamed here for public participation.

Women2020 Rapporteur: Ms. Inge De Prins

2013 Series: The 15 May event is the third in a series of high-level Women2020 gatherings taking place throughout 2013, addressing topics related to women’s contribution to achieving the Europe 2020 vision. The entire agenda is the following:

  • COMPLETED: 8 March (12:00-14:00 at DIGITALEUROPE, Brussels): Women for Smart, Sustainable & Inclusive Growth: Promoting the Contribution of Women to Achieving the Europe2020 Vision
  • COMPLETED: 25 April (8:00-10:30 at DIGITALEUROPE, Brussels): Women in STEM for Smart Growth: Promoting Women’s Education, Jobs and Leadership in STEM Sectors in Europe
  • 15 May (8:00-10:30 at Google, Brussels): Women in Enterprise for Sustainable Growth: Promoting Women-led Innovation and Enterprise, and Women Entrepreneurs in Europe
  • 17 October (location TBC): Women in Leadership for Inclusive Growth: Promoting Women in Public & Private Sector Leadership
  • 14 November (18:00-20:00 at Egmont Palace, Brussels): Young Women for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Promoting the Contribution of Young Women to Achieving the Europe2020 Vision
  • 5 December (18:00-20:00 at Google, Brussels):  Release Event Women2020 Action Plan

Action Plan: In collaboration with our media partner, New Europe, a Women2020 Action Plan will be published at the end of 2013 on the basis of the Women2020 dialogues.

Involvement: Please contact the organiser for more information about the Women2020 platform, or to sponsor or host a Women2020 event.

Please sign our petition supporting 40% Women on Europe’s Boards of Directors!

Partners & Sponsors: For inquiries on how your organisation can support the Women2020 initaitive, please contact us.

The Women2020 platform is made possible by the generous contribution of our partners and sponsors.

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