She Means Mentoring

New initiative

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Join us to talk about our new initiative (f.l.t.r.): Karin Ruppert, Bettina Metz, Christiane Appel, Sabine Loos and Kerstin Wünsch.
Stage: Nature Stage, Format: Meetup, Track: Cultural Change – the ideal setting to talk about an idea at the International Festival of Brand Experience. Bettina Metz, UN Women National Committee Germany, Carina Bauer, IMEX Group, Sabine Loos, Messe Dortmund, Karin Ruppert, Famab, Christiane Appel, m+a report, and Kerstin Wünsch, tw tagungswirtschaft, presented "She Means Mentoring". The initiative for women in events, a sister initiative of the conference "She Means Business", aims for gender equality and is inviting women to support each other and to empower young women. Why? According to the survey "Women in the event industry", every second woman doesn't feel being treated on par with her male counterparts in terms of salary and career opportunities. At She Means Business 2018, mentoring was the most discussed topic at the round tables with the result: there is a lack of mentoring. The new mentoring platform aims to close this gap. Mentors and mentées can find each other via an app and at meetups, i.e. at IMEX 2019. Karin Ruppert and Lisa Jeller, EventMobi, will be hosting the session "New Initiative 'She Means Mentoring'" as part of She Means Business on 20 May. Karin Ruppert is also the contact person for interested parties ( +49 (0)151 4381 5673).
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"Equal opportunities are an economic issue and a tangible competitive factor," said Germany’s Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier. On International Women's Day on March 8, 2019, his ministry organized the event "Strong Women. Strong Economy."                         
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"We created the international conference 'She Means Business' because we believe that the exchange of stories and thoughts is the most powerful lever for women to talk to each other and with men, to work together for diversity and gender equality."
Carina Bauer, CEO IMEX Group

Yes, you can network

Women attribute themselves much less networking skills than men think they have (gap of 21 points). While women think, men are much better in networking than them (gap of 40 points), men see the genders as almost on par (gap of 5 points).

Women in Exhibitions Network

Network for self-enablement

“What can happen?” was the question, management and change trainer Klaus Doppler challenged the participants at the Women in Exhibitions Network meeting in December 2018, thus empowering each woman to pursue her personal career goals by taking the next step. “I cannot change the behaviour of others, but I can change my own behaviour in a way, my counterpart cannot continue to act the same”, he states, making clear, that change can be nudged by everyone. This is exactly the intention, Oana Cipca, MECC Maastricht and founder of the network, had in mind when creating the initiative in March 2018: Giving women a voice and draw attention to their impact on all levels of the industry. This includes the opportunity for women to expose themselves and grow their network and positions – but also self-empowerment through learning from another. Understanding the unconscious bias and gender role behaviour, David Scholz presented at the meeting in March 2019 in Maastricht, is one factor, that can help women to overcome career constraints. One year down the road, the network can look back on five meet-ups and a database connecting 450 women across Europe. Even a chapter for the German-speaking DACH region has been established with Kirstin Deutelmoser, Messe Düsseldorf, and Juliane Jähnke, Agendum, in the lead.

Inspirational ICCA Women Award

"Unsung heroes"

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recognises the role of women in the meetings industry with its new Inspirational ICCA Women Award. The ten nominated women are: Alice Au, Anne Wallin-Rødven, Bettina Reventlow-Mourier, Carina Bauer, Joyce Wittelaar, Kitty Wong, Maria José Alves, Nonnie Kubeka, Roslyn McLeod and Ulrike von Arnold. The award was presented by ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius at the 57th ICCA Congress 2018 in Dubai. She described the ten women as the "unsung heroes". "Without female role models and champions who are seen as presidents and activists, women will not be able to take their rightful place in society at various levels," explained Nina Freysen-Pretorius, the second female ICCA President.
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