The meeting, which used an informal business mixer format designed to encourage over 200 participants to make new acquaintances while providing an opportunity to catch up with current contacts in a relaxed setting, was part of a series of events organized by the international law firm Wolf Theiss and its partner organizations.
“Empowering women is in Wolf Thiess’ DNA,” said Karolina Stawowska, a Partner at Wolf Theiss Warsaw and Head of its Tax Practice Group. “Meet-ups such as this provide a dynamic opportunity to exchange business ideas, deepen relationships with talented mentors and encourage other women to seize opportunities in business.”
For many years, Wolf Theiss has been contributing to the professional development of women in CEE. The firm has won Euromoney’s “European Women in Business Law Awards” numerous times and has recently been named “Best in Austria” and “Best in Croatia” in 2018. The award honor law firms that demonstrate the best iniatives for gender diversity, innovation, minority women, mentoring, work-life balance, pro bono work and talent management.
In Poland this takes the form of collaboration with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Foundation and Black Swan Fund, which operate programs aiming to help women establish their own businesses, gain external financing and enter new markets.
“Our objective is to support women in strengthening their leadership skills,” said Katarzyna Wierzbowska, President of the Board of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Foundation and co-founder of Black Swan Fund. “Over the past two years we have been working closely with Wolf Theiss to create networking opportunities for the mentors and investors of Black Swan Fund.”
The Foundation and Wolf Theiss have organized a number of conferences and networking events for women investors. This most recent event was a meeting of mentors from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Network (Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet) and women investors from Black Swan Fund.
“We need to take advantage of opportunities to gain newfound inspiration and to build networks that allow us to support one another in our professional development,” said Andrea Miskolczi, Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer at Wolf Theiss Vienna. Marta Niedziałek, Operations and Marketing Communications Manager of Wolf Theiss Warsaw, added: “Finding a group of like-minded women who can provide mentoring and other resources is one of the keys to success in business.”