The new collaborative effort was launched on 21 June with a networking event in the firm’s Warsaw office that drew over 200 participants. The topic of the event was joint investments by women. The speakers included: Kinga Nowakowska, CEO of Black Swan Fund, which invests in start-ups founded by women; Katarzyna Pawlikowska, Mentor of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Foundation and co-author of the research report "Polki" / "Polish women"; and Małgorzata Bonikowska, President of THINKTANK, a Polish research and social organization.
“Our firm has long been engaged in initiatives that support women’s professional development, so the Women’s Entrepreneurship Foundation was a natural choice of a partner as we continue to pursue our goals in this area,” said Marta Albrecht-Niedzialek, Operations and Marketing Communications Manager at the Warsaw office of Wolf Theiss. "We are very pleased that our kick-off event drew such incredible interest and was such an overwhelming success".
“We are very pleased by this new relationship with Wolf Theiss, which is already bearing fruit,” said Katarzyna Wierzbowska from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Foundation. “Events like this help women develop the confidence necessary for establishing and running successful businesses.”
Wolf Theiss has won Euromoney’s "European Women in Business Law Awards" numerous times – most recently being named "Best in Austria" and "Best in Croatia" in 2017. The prize honors law firms that demonstrate a particular commitment to supporting women in the profession through programs to foster innovation and talent management and encourage the promotion of women.
For the past four years, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Foundation has been running programs helping women establish their own businesses, gain external financing and enter new markets. The Foundation has initiated and supported a thriving business networking community (the "Entrepreneurial Women Network"), runs its own acceleration program ("Business in women’s hands"), and supports the activities of women business angels.