EWMD is an international network of professional women from all areas of business, education, politics and culture. Individuals as well as Corporate Members join the network and members are found in around 40 European cities with international members in the United States, South Africa and Asia. The network comprises of nearly 900 members.
EWMD has the vision to inspire people and organisations to be more diverse, open and supportive in the development of new career patterns for women and men. Their vision is to improve the quality of management with respect to people, children, age and the cultural diversity of Europe.
For International Women’s Day I was invited to speak to the women about the economic imperative of including women in the economy - female entrepreneurship and women on Boards following the adoption of the opinions in the EESC. I shared the workings of the committee and the fact that we welcomed input from our civil society partners as an essential part of our work. I received a glowing testimonial:
“Madi fills a room immediately with her vibrant personality and positive attitude. She has inspired our female members to overcome obstacles that might limit career progression by applying determination and a positive ‘can do’ attitude. It was a pleasure to have Madi with us and I can highly recommend her as a speaker as it is amazing to hear her reflections about her own personal development story. ” Ann-Kathrin Sauthoff-Bloch, EWMD Frankfurt, Germany (European Women’s Management Development International Network)
I was quickly wisked away from the EWMD event to a seminar for the female employees of Accenture , germany, Austria, switzerland. I again spoke on female entrepreenurshiop and women on Boards but also incorportaed our work on social enterprises and valuing human capital within the workforce. ( INT519) . Accenture currently have an inhouse project on developing social enterprises for women and I was able to directly connect the organisers with the people I had met in Luxembourg the week beforer who were working on social innovation and development.
Over dinner I spoke with several of the women on our work on Corporate Social Responsibility CSR and its value to community beyond the marketing brochures of the annual report of corportaes.
Following up from the meeting I have connected both EWMD and Accenture with new networks, including some EESC members working on similar topics. I have also connected Accenture to the Cabinet of Commissioner Redding as we hope to endorse the commissioners initative on Women on Boards.
There is a real positive atmosphere on International Womens Day – but more and more there is a strong sense of doing business with ethics and supporting other women who are experiencing the challenges of development , be it in Europe or internationally. Its an honour to address these great women and share our work at the EESC.