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Women business leaders from Central Europe and USA to meet at New York summit

New York City, United States – Organised by Polish-American Women Entrepreneurs and Cultural Vistas, the USA-Central Europe Women in Business Summit will take place on October 17 at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.

By bringing together 350 business leaders, innovators, changemakers and entrepreneurs from across the USA, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany, the exciting new initiative promises to be the largest and most important summit of its kind.

Focused on building transatlantic ties for women in business, the full day program will showcase leading women entrepreneurs, women-led startups and explore the many challenges and opportunities that exist for women in business

The daylong event will include networking opportunities with exclusive access to inspiring speakers, dynamic discussions, engaging presentations and insights on market opportunities in the United States and Central Europe. There will also be opportunities for high-level meetings with government representatives from each country and one-on-one consultations with industry mentors.

The Summit is supported by the honorary patronage of Central European countries, including Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany, as well as organizations across the United States committed to investing in opportunities for women in business.

Early bird tickets are available here.

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The Summit will take place in the penthouse of the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. Credit: Spring Studios

An event not about, but for women in business

The nonprofit Polish-American Women Entrepreneurs (PAWE) and Cultural Vistas, two female-led organisations, are heading the efforts in organising the Summit with the help of the Slovak embassy in Washington, D.C. as well as the Consulates General of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany in New York. PAWE’s on-the-ground experience in fostering business relations is an ideal complement to Cultural Vistas’ numerous years of experience in implementing career-oriented international exchange programs, which includes 20,000 alumni from Central Europe.

“It’s difficult to imagine a more qualified group organizing such an important event,” says Agata Golubiewska, PAWE’s President and CEO.

“Regardless of industry or occupation, those who attend the USA-Central Europe Women in Business Summit will be able to connect with fellow influencers, create career pathways for themselves or others, and advance female-led entrepreneurship”, she adds. “The Summit will also provide opportunities for women to share the highlights, successes, and important business initiatives which have made such an event possible”.

Speakers will include a diverse range of expert speakers, including successful American and Central European women entrepreneurs and innovative leaders, such as:

  • Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code, a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.
  • Cynthia Soledad, who co-leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Diversity Council, advising clients on diversity & inclusion practices in leadership.
  • Astri Kimball Van Dyke is Senior Counsel at Google in Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Anastasia Xenias, Senior International Trade Specialist and Global Team Leader, at U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Lidia Marcinkowska-Bartkowiak, Executive Director for Communications at KGHM Polska Miedź.
  • Nancy Ploeger, co-founder of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation (IWEC).
  • Mary Pflum Peterson, a multi-Emmy-award-winning television journalist.
  • Ivana Hronová, CEO and Co-Founder of Travel A la Carte.

The Summit will take place in the penthouse of the Tribeca Rooftop – a chic industrial event venue in a 1920’s printing press building nestled on a cobblestone street in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods.

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Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code, a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers, will be one of the speakers.

Women in business and Central Europe

While giving women a voice and platform is a powerful driver of economic growth and innovation, the connection between women’s economic participation and a country’s economic prosperity is undeniable. For instance, studies show that closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP, and that high-performing companies are almost 50 percent more likely to report that men and women have equal influence on strategy development than low-performing companies.

Indeed, it can be argued that women are raising standards. According to the Boston Consulting Group, for every dollar of investment raised, female-run startups generated 78 cents in revenue, whereas male-run startups generate only 31 cents. Research also found that women-led teams generate a 35% higher return on investment than all-male teams.

According to Agata Golubiewska, Central Europe is uniquely poised to take advantage of this growth. In fact, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary are among the EU’s fastest-growing economies with Slovakia, poised to become the fastest growing developed economy in the world.

The highest rates of female-led businesses in Europe are in Poland (30.3%) and Hungary (28.1%). Earlier this year, consulting firm PwC released its annual Women in Work Index, analyzing the representation and welfare of women in the workplace around the world, which found that Poland was among the world’s best countries for female workers. Furthermore, wage gaps in countries like Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary are lower than those in the USA.

For Agata Golubiewska, this provides “an example for how traditional outlooks on gender can shift in a relatively short amount of time”.

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