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10
Mar

Once again Accenture and IE celebrated International Women’s Day with a joint event. Vicente Moreno and Diego del Alcázar accompanied the Madrid regional authorities’ Councilor for Education in the opening ceremony, Lucía Figar.

This year we wanted to celebrate the day by talking about opportunities and about how women approach entrepreneurship, hence we had a panel comprised of top-tier women entrepreneurs. Ana María Llopis was a trailblazer for women’s leadership in Spain, as evidenced by her achievements at Procter & Gamble, Banesto, Santander and, rather fittingly, Playtex!  Rosa María Oriol de Tous, who heads TOUS, is an example of how easy and how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur.  Maria Cordón, IE MBA alum (1994), successfully overcame challenges to take Quirón clinics to a 10 times higher turnover. Teresa Gonzalo launched her own company, Ambiox Biotech, aimed at developing medicines that provide social benefits. She created the firm after completing her Master in Biotechnology Management in 2008, and has already received several prestigious awards.

We were also treated to some valuable insights from Maika Sánchez, who works for the Red Cross providing support for disadvantaged women who want to set up their own business. Juan José Guemes, President of IE’s International Center for Entrepreneurial Management, talked to us about how difficult it is to create companies in Spain, and even more so for women in Africa. Finally, Diego Sánchez de León gave us some excellent advice on how to manage diversity.

Those of you who were unable to attend missed a great event, packed with good advice and tremendously enriching insights. It is impossible to summarize everything said, which is why we decided to pick out some key points and conclusions, many of which were reiterated throughout the event.

“Fortune favors the well-prepared mind.”

“Natural evolution, history and education have left women with a natural inclination to stay at home with their children. In order to launch an entrepreneurship project, women need a very strong will to overcome this impulse and succeed in business.”

“A good business plan played a key role in achieving these prizes, which will now probably help us to attract funding.”

“Diversity is not black or white. Ask for what you need, don’t expect people to be able to guess.”

“We no longer have to hunt bears to eat, we can go to the local supermarket, and a baby, even when it is at the all eating and no communication stage, can be looked after perfectly well by its father. “

“It’s always possible to do more. But the important thing is to compare yourself only with yourself.  If you are working at your full potential, you should be proud.”

“The most important thing is the results, not the way you do your work, and it is better to talk about anti-discrimination measures rather than equality.”

*This photo by Bruno Galindo is published in Yo Dona / Esta foto de Bruno Galindo fue publicada en Yo Dona

“Africa’s solution does not lie in donations or charity, it lies in entrepreneurship.” Graça Machel


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21
Feb

Ignacio Pichardo with ieOut

Escrito el 21 febrero 2011 por Alumni en Business Networking, Functional Area, Others

Last Speakers Series Ignacio  Pichardo, Anthropologists  and Researcher at Autónoma Universtiy  in the Social Anthopology Department, shared the conclusions of his research work  with COGAM “Homofobia en el Sistema Educativo”.(only Spanish version). http://www.cogam.org/_cogam/archivos/1437_es_Homofobia%20en%20el%20Sistema%20Educativo%202005.pdf

The objective was to understand why homophobia exists in the classrooms and to try to extrapolate conclusions to the workplace.
 
There is very little research regarding homophobia in schools despite it being one of the main reasons for making fun of other classmates, according to several European Union Studies.
   
He did a review of the different representations of homophobia and how due to its invisibilization it ends up being normalized. A clear example of this is how football matches are stopped due to racist insults but that never happens when they have homophobic overtones. Society tends to assume this as a normal and acceptable attitude, and what it is the worst thing LGBTs accepts it as well. http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2010/10/17/seriea_roundup/
 
“Liberal Homophobia”is a term used by Daniel Borrillo that defines the acceptance of homophobia as long as it keeps it hidden. Other attitudes will be considered such as victim mentality, ghetto, activism or proselytism.  The law “Don’t ask don´t tell” that has just been abolished in the United States relates to these ideas/attitudes ó represents these ideas/attitudes. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/22/news/la-pn-dont-ask-20101223 


We also discussed examples or references in Spain, unfortunately for the youngest, most of them belong to television, media, reality shows or TV series and very often they are extreme and too much stereotyped.

Boris Izagirre

When Ignacio asked the attendees the question “Do you think this these examples can be translated to the business world” someone answered “at in the workplace it is even worst worse as you never know how this information can be used against you”.

Once again ieOut thanks Berkana and Mili Hernandez for her their hospitality

Nuestro último ponente, Ignacio Pichardo, antropólogo e investigador del departamento de Antropología Social de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, compartió con nosotros las conclusiones de su trabajo de investigación sobre la “Homofobia en el Sistema Educativo” realizado en colaboración con COGAM. http://www.cogam.org/_cogam/archivos/1437_es_Homofobia%20en%20el%20Sistema%20Educativo%202005.pdf 

El objetivo era entender por qué existe la homofobia en las aulas, e intentar extrapolar las conclusiones obtenidas  a los centros de trabajo.

Hay muy pocos estudios sobre la homofobia en las aulas, aunque es una de las causas más extendidas de burlas entre compañeros, según algunos estudios de la Unión Europea.

Ignacio hizo un repaso por las diferentes representaciones de la homofobia y nos contó cómo, por su invisibilidad,  han llegado a normalizarse. Un claro ejemplo de esto es cómo los partidos de futbol se paran si la grada emite insultos racistas, pero nunca si estos tienen un tinte  homófobo.  La sociedad tiende a normalizar estos insultos y a asumirlos como algo aceptable, y lo que es peor la comunidad LGBT también. http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/2010/10/17/seriea_roundup/ 

 “Homofobia Liberal” es un término usado por Daniel Borrillo que define la aceptación de la homofobia siempre y cuando permanezca oculta. Otras actitudes serían consideradas como una mentalidad victimista, un gueto, activismo o proselitismo. La recientemente derogada ley “Don´t ask don´t tell” representa esta actitud. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/22/news/la-pn-dont-ask-20101223 

También discutimos sobre los referentes gays que tienen los chicos en España. La mayoría de ellos pertenecen a los medios de comunicación: televisión, reality shows o series, y normalmente son personajes extremos y/o muy estereotipados.

Cuando Ignacio lanzó la pregunta: “¿Pensáis que estos ejemplos se pueden trasladar al mundo empresarial?”Alguien contestó “en el trabajo es incluso peor, porque nunca sabes cómo esa información puede ser utilizada en tu contra”.

Una vez más ieOut agradece a Berkana y Mili Hernández por su hospitalidad.

24
Ene

On December 12, the IE Lebanon Club Beirut Chapter organized a successful interuniversity football tournament, bringing together MBA alums from the top business schools around the world. The six teams participating in the Business School Alumni Soccer Tournament included: AUB (1 and 2), Columbia Business School, ESA, Birmingham and IE Business School. The event was held on the AUB football field at the Charles Hostler Athletic Center.

The purpose of this tournament was to offer graduates of Business Schools with similar backgrounds and interests the opportunity to get to know each other in the spirit of health competition. In addition to expanding their network and getting a workout, participants and their fans enjoyed some delicious food offered by Le Bristol hotel.

Representing the IE Team were: Wael Kechli, George De Chadarevian, Diego De Aristegui, Nadim Azar and Louise Doumet. Despite their valiant efforts, the IE team did not emerge victorious. ESA came in first, Columbia Business School, second and Birmingham University, third.

For the first event of its kind, the IE Lebanon Club Beirut Chapter organizers managed with a great deal of dedication and teamwork to pull off the event. Many alumni responded, saying how young and dynamic IE was and thanking us for organizing this charming event. They even suggested we organize a bigger event with more schools next year.

We hope to organize more events in 2011 to bring together both IE alums and alums from other top business schools.

El 12 de diciembre, el IE Lebanon Club Beirut Chapter organizó un exitoso torneo de fútbol en el que se reunieron alumnos de MBA de las mejores escuelas de negocios del mundo. Los seis equipos participantes en el Business School Alumni Soccer Tournament fueron: AUB (1 y 2), Columbia Business School, ESA, Birmingham e IE Business School. El torneo se celebró en el campo de fútbol de la AUB, en el Charles Hostler Athletic Center.

El propósito de este torneo fue ofrecer a los graduados de escuelas de negocios, con una formación y unos intereses similares, la oportunidad de conocerse en un ambiente de sana competencia. Además de ampliar su red de contactos y hacer ejercicio, los participantes y sus fans disfrutaron de una deliciosa comida preparada por el hotel Le Bristol.

En representación del equipo del IE estuvieron: Wael Kechli, George de Chadarevian, Diego de Aristegui, Nadim Azar y Louise Doumet. A pesar de sus animosos esfuerzos, el equipo del IE no salió victorioso. ESA quedó primero, Columbia Business School, segundo, y Birmingham University, tercero.

Se trata del primer evento de esta naturaleza y los organizadores del IE Lebanon Club Beirut Chapter lograron sacarlo adelante con mucha dedicación y trabajo en equipo. Muchos antiguos alumnos contestaron y comentaron lo joven y dinámico que es el IE y nos dieron las gracias por organizar este genial torneo. Incluso sugirieron que organicemos uno mayor con más escuelas el próximo año.

Esperamos organizar más eventos en 2011 para reunir a antiguos alumnos del IE y de otras escuelas de negocios punteras.

13
Dic

On November the 2nd 2010, Christina Westbrooks, Louise Doumet, Wael Kechli and George de Chadarevian went to the very charming Spanish embassy in Lebanon to meet with his H.E. Juan Carlos Gafo – Ambassador of Spain in Lebanon.

After a small accompanied wait around the embassy quarters, the club members met with the Spanish Ambassador in his personal office. As would any typical meeting in Beirut, it started with a cup of coffee and a brief political discussion, then quickly enough the discussion shifted to the IE Lebanon club Beirut chapter, its activities and the ways in which the backing of the Spanish embassy in Beirut could help the club improve its status in a way that would benefit all of the IE Lebanon Club members, and the relationship between Lebanese students and Spain.

The present club members were all very pleased to notice that the Ambassador was filled with enthusiasm about this new club and both parties agreed on the following main points:

  • The IE Lebanon club will be invited to the cultural activities (Conferences and talks, exhibitions, fairs, theaters, movies….) organized by the Spanish embassy in Lebanon.
  • The IE Lebanon club – Beirut Chapter, will have to forward the invitations of the events to all the IE alumni resident of Lebanon.
  • The Spanish embassy will help in finding new scholarships for the potential new Lebanese students applying to IE.
  • The IE Lebanon club, Beirut Chapter, will do its best to represent their school at every occasion by attending the different events organized by the Spanish embassy.
  • The Ambassador gave the club members a contact inside the Spanish consulate to follow-up all consular matters with directly.

The meeting ended with a souvenir picture in the embassy gardens, and a promise from both sides to keep in touch for a lot of future collaboration.

El 2 de noviembre de 2010, Christina Westbrooks, Louise Doumet, Wael Kechli y George de Chadarevian visitaron la preciosa embajada española en el Líbano para reunirse con S.E. Juan Carlos Gafo, Embajador de España en el Líbano.

Tras una breve visita guiada por la sede de la embajada, los miembros del Club se encontraron con el embajador en su despacho privado. Como ocurre siempre en Beirut, la reunión empezó con una taza de café y una breve conversación sobre política, para pasar rápidamente al IE Lebanon Club Beirut Chapter, sus actividades y las formas en que la embajada española en Beirut podría ayudar al Club a mejorar su estatus, de tal forma que todos sus miembros y la relación entre los estudiantes libaneses y España salgan beneficiados.

A los actuales miembros del Club les alegró comprobar que el Embajador estaba entusiasmado con este nuevo club y ambas partes acordaron los siguientes puntos básicos:

  • El Club del Líbano del IE será invitado a las actividades culturales (conferencias y charlas, exposiciones, ferias, obras de teatro, películas…) organizadas por la embajada española en el Líbano.
  • El IE Lebanon Club Beirut Chapter tendrá que remitir las invitaciones a los eventos a todos los antiguos alumnos del IE que residan en el Líbano.
  • La embajada española prestará su ayuda para encontrar nuevas becas para aquellos estudiantes libaneses que quieran estudiar en el IE.
  • El IE Lebanon Club Beirut Chapter hará todo lo que esté en su mano para representar al Centro en todo momento al asistir a los diferentes eventos organizados por la embajada española.
  • El Embajador puso a los miembros del Club en contacto con un funcionario del consulado español para que puedan tratar cualquier cuestión consular directamente con él.

La reunión concluyó con una fotografía de recuerdo en los jardines de la embajada y la promesa de ambas partes de mantenerse en contacto para incrementar la colaboración en el futuro.

1
Dic

Santander: A Story of Growth

Escrito el 1 diciembre 2010 por Alumni en Business Networking, Geographic

Guest speaker: Juan Rodriguez Inciarte, Executive Member of the Board of Directors and Group Senior Executive Vice President of Strategy of Grupo Santander

Juan Rodriguez Inciarte, current Executive Vice President of Strategy of Grupo Santander, Executive Director and Member of Risk Committee, among other positions within the Santander Group, presented last November 18th the IE event about Santander Group, one of the largest banks worldwide.

Mr. Inciarte started by explaining the current positioning of the Group, after the tremendous growth that has brought Santander to be ranked the 4th bank worldwide in terms of profits, the largest consumer financing worldwide and the largest bank worldwide in number of shareholders, among other remarkable achievements.

Special interest was dedicated into the difficulties of the banking sector to differentiate itself. The challenge to gain new customers has driven Santander to offer competitive products, designed through a complete cost accounting work stream. In a more global basis, Santander Group has followed a clear strategy, which has been crucial to reach sustainable growth and benefits. Mr. Inciarte mentioned the importance of reaching a critical mass, building a sustainable retail banking model, having a proper diversification strategy and managing one single brand.  

During the session, Mr. Inciarte made notable emphasis to the high regulation in the banking sector. He expressed how crucial the concept of supervision was by quoting how ‘life is about regulation but also supervision’. These two concepts of efficient regulation and supervision were part of the keys to success of Santander.

The event, organized by the IE Spain Club in collaboration with the IE Strategy and Finance Club, ended with an open-question session, where Mr. Inciarte made honour to his reputation on economy knowledge and experience to answer all questions raised by the participants.

Juan Rodriguez Inciarte while his conference at IE

Juan Rodríguez Inciarte, actual Vice Presidente Ejecutivo de Estrategia del Grupo Santander, Director ejecutivo y miembro del Comité de Riesgo, entre otras posiciones dentro del grupo Santander, presentó el pasado 18 de noviembre el evento en IE sobre el Grupo Santander, uno de los mayores bancos a escala mundial.

Inciarte estrenó el evento explicando la posición actual del Grupo, después del crecimiento extraordinario que ha vivido y que ha llevado al Santander a ser el número 4 en ranking de beneficios, el mayor banco de financiación a consumidores, y el banco con el mayor numero de accionistas, entre otros logros.

Las dificultades del sector bancario a diferenciarse, hace que ganar nuevos clientes sea un reto. Santander ha optado por ofrecer productos competitivos, diseñados a través de un profundo análisis de costes. En un nivel más global, el Grupo Santander ha seguido una estrategia clara, que ha sido crucial para alcanzar beneficios y un crecimiento sostenible. El Sr. Inciarte mencionó entre otros puntos, la importancia de alcanzar una masa crítica de clientes, la construcción de un modelo sostenible de banca minorista, una adecuada estrategia de diversificación y la gestión de una sola marca.

Durante la sesión, el Sr. Inciarte hizo énfasis a la alta regulación en el sector bancario. Expresó así lo importante que es el concepto de una regulación eficiente y sobretodo de una supervisión, siendo estos cruciales para el éxito del sector bancario.
El evento, organizado por la IE Spain Club en colaboración con el IE Strategy y Finance Club, terminó con una sesión abierta de preguntas, donde el Sr. Inciarte hizo honor a su reputación como experto en economía.

From left to right: Alba Funosas (Communications Manager, IE Spain Club), Juan R. Inciarte (Executive Vice President of Strategy of Grupo Santander), Joaquin Grech (President IE Spain Club) and Armando Gonzalez (President IE Strategy Club)

4
Oct

On 30 September 2010, Mr. Jacques de Boisséson, President of the European Chamber of Commerce in China visited IE and gave a session to the alumni.

In his presentation, Mr. Boisséson talked about the conclusions of the “European Business in China Position Paper”, a document that compiles the latest assessments, concerns and recommendations for European Business Operations in China.

With a consistent growth of 10% it is obvious that China is nowadays one of the most attractive economies for European investments. This interest is mutual as European businesses can act as a major facilitator towards achieving China’s Macro Policy Goals.

In terms of the regulatory environment, China continues to be one of the most heavily controlled economies. Almost 40% of the Chamber’s 1500 members consider that the business environment for Foreign Investments will be less “fair” in the future.

There are four main issues here:

·         Transparency: There is an increase in number of the public consultations.

·         Predictability is key to attract business investments.

·         Retroactive application of certain laws creates uncertain environment.

·         Implementation: China is very decentralized and leaves much discretion for implementation of certain laws.

In terms of market access, there are three major barriers that could prevent foreign companies from entering or simply propel them to withdraw investments:

·         Certification and License Requirements to operate

·         Intellectual Property

·         Government Procurement Practices

European investments only account for 3% of Foreign Direct Investments in China, a figure that further to Mr. Boisséson can very easily summarize the current situation of European investments in the Chinese economy.

El 30 de septiembre de 2010, el Sr. Jacques de Boisséson, Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio Europea en China visitó el IE e impartió una conferencia a los alumni.

En su presentación, el Sr. Boisséson habló sobre las conclusiones de “European Business in China Position Paper”, un documento que reúne las últimas valoraciones, asuntos y recomendaciones de las operaciones de empresas europeas en China.

Con un crecimiento consistente del 10%, es obvio, que China es hoy en día una de las economías más atractivas para las inversiones europeas. Este interés es mutuo ya que las empresas europeas pueden actuar facilitando la consecución de los objetivos de la política macroeconómica de China.

En términos del entorno regulatorio, China continúa siendo una de las economías más controladas. Casi el 40% de los 1500 miembros de la Cámara consideran que  el entorno empresarial para las inversiones extranjeras será menos “justo” en el futuro.

Aquí hay cuatro cuestiones fundamentales:

•         Transparencia: Hay un incremento en el número de consultas públicas.

•         Previsibilidad es la llave para atraer inversiones de negocio.

•         La aplicación retroactiva de ciertas leyes crean un entorno incierto.

•         Implementación: China está muy descentralizada y deja mucha discreción para la aplicación de ciertas leyes.

En términos de acceso al mercado, hay tres principales obstáculos que podrían impedir la entrada de empresas extranjeras o, simplemente, impulsarlas a la retirada de inversiones:

•         Requisitos de Certificación y licencia para operar.

•         Propiedad Intelectual.

•         Prácticas de contratación pública del gobierno.

Las inversiones europeas  sólo llegan a un 3% de las inversiones directas extranjeras en China, un dato que para el Sr. Boisséson puede fácilmente resumir la situación actual de las inversiones europeas en la economía china.

30
Sep

Real Estate Club Networking day

Escrito el 30 septiembre 2010 por Alumni en Business Networking, Sectorial

Last 13th October IE Real Estate Club was inagurated with a networking event.  This event was meant for alumni of various masters within the sector of Real Estate to share their ideas, network with each other in a calm atmosphere.The representatives of the club Thomas Lecluse (Master in Management 2010) and Paloma Lopez-Sanchez (MBA 2002) are organizing several conferences in order to expand the club.

El pasado 13 de octubre se inauguró el Ie Real Estate Club con un evento de networking. En dicho evento antiguos alumnos de distintos masters y convocatorias, pero relacionados con el sector de real Estate, tuvieron la oportunidad de conocerse, establecer relaciones y dar sus opiniones en un ambiente distendido. Los representantes del club Thomas Lecluse (Master in Management 2010) y Paloma Lopez-Sanchez (MBA 2002), están ya organizando una serie de conferencias para fomentar el club.

16
Sep

On 14 July 2010, IE Technology and Innovation Club had the pleasure of hosting Jose Moran in a keyspeaker event. Jose was one of the founder members of Meta4, a Spanish technology startup which deals with Human Resources solutions. Meta4 is an example of a dream startup and Jose helped the company grow from 40 to 1000 employees. Jose was also responsible for the firms international expansion. In an hour long event Jose shared his experience and his vision with the members of the Technology and Innovation club, inspiring and motivating people to foster a culture of innovation and to think beyond.

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El pasado 14 sde Julio de 2010, el IE Technology and Innovation Club organizó una conferencia con Jose Moran. Jose es uno de los fundadores de Meta4, una compañía informatica española, relacionada con el entorno de los recursos humanos. Meta 4 es un ejemplo de startup y Jose ayudó a la compañía a crecer desde los  40 empleados a los 1000. José también fue responsable de la firma en la expansión internacional. Durante más de una Hora Jose compartió su experiencia y visión con los miembros del club, inspirando y motivando a la gente a involucrarse en una cultura de innovación y de pensar más allá.

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14
Jul

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN SINGAPORE

Escrito el 14 julio 2010 por Alumni en Business Networking, Geographic

In our first ever IE Singapore Club Madrid Chapter event, we welcomed Larry Lam, a Singaporean entrepreneur and founder of Portek International, for a talk on entrepreneurship.

In a one-hour casual presentation and discussion, he first introduced his company, discussed its diversity of operations around the world, then opened the floor to questions and discussions on entrepreneurship. Established in 1988 as an equipment and service provider to ports around South East Asia, Portek was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2002. Today, the company remains headquartered in Singapore, employing over 1400 employees in offices across Asia, Europe and Africa.

In the open discussion, Mr. Lam responded to questions about key issues faced when venturing out on your own, the innovative ways of securing capital for starting and growing a company, the multicultural nature of his company, the Singapore government’s receptiveness to foreign talent, the impact of the Internet on entrepreneurship and ended with the heartfelt topic of the importance of finding a right partner to support your life ambitions.

El IE Singapore Club Madrid Chapter ha celebrado con éxito su primer evento desde su fundación. Para este evento tuvimos como invitado especial a Larry Lam, emprendedor de Singapur y fundador de Portek International, quien nos dio una magnífica charla sobre la actividad emprendedora.

Durante una hora Larry Lam nos habló de cómo fueron sus primeros pasos como emprendedor; pudimos también aprender acerca del presente de su compañía y de los múltiples proyectos de la misma por todo el mundo. Portek International fue fundada en 1988, formando parte de la bolsa de Singapur en 2002, y actualmente cuenta con más de 1400 personas en plantilla. Portek es una empresa especializada en maquinaria y servicios para puertos marítimos principalmente en zonas de Asia, Europa, y África.

Como parte final de la charla, Larry Lam atendió a las múltiples preguntas de los asistentes proporcionando más detalles sobre su vida como emprendedor y como empresario. Larry respondió a preguntas sobre aspectos importantes de la actividad emprendedora, como por ejemplo cómo conseguir y asegurar financiación, qué conlleva ser una empresa multicultural, cómo de receptivo es el gobierno de Singapur al talento extranjero, cual ha sido el impacto que el internet ha tenido en su vida como emprendedor, y qué importancia tiene encontrar socios que sepan entender tus aspiraciones personales y profesionales, y viceversa.

6
Jul

Beth Cabrera, President, Cabrera Insights

In the past organizational psychology focused on addressing negative attitudes or treating the symptoms of stress or depression. New trends recommend adopting a more positive approach, with recent research focusing on success, happiness and the benefits they bring to corporations.

Doctor Cabrera explained how a positive approach in life gives a broader vision and helps us make better decisions. She pointed out how if we hear a car horn in the middle of the road our concentration is drawn to it we lose general perspective.

There are other benefits to having this attitude in life. It is easier to make friend and therefore to network, it helps to build resilience (this reminded me of the address given by Dr. Rojas Marcos!) better health, less blood pressure, a better immune system, and longevity!

Happiness is 50% genetic. A further 10% is due to what happens around us, and the rest is up to us. We can control it in terms of our thoughts and actions. We can use a positive attitude to improve relations, to focus on our strengths. To add gratitude, mindfulness and purpose to our lives can really help!

Elisa Martinez de Miguel, Director, Neumann International
Every professional has to use all the weapons they have at hand to reach out. Professional networks and online tools are also critical for women.

Visibility is something women have to work on:” Be Visible, therefore credible and therefore profitable”. Women have to build a personal brand of trust. Women have to strengthen their own skills.

A positive realistic attitude is always very useful, but particularly in crisis. To be jobless at some stage can be a good opportunity to take some steps back in order to get a run up. It is important in these moments to review our expectations and also mobility.

A break in your career is an excellent opportunity to rethink your life, review long-term priorities, to study again or to focus on possible alternatives.


Marijo Bos, Bos Advisors Leadership and President, European PWN

“How you make yourself indispensable if you want to be indispensable”. Self awareness is the key. You have to learn what represents happiness and success for you, yourself, realistically. This will help you to take control of your profession to shape your job.

Connectivity and the way in which we can influence others are key for making ourselves indispensable. Delegation is another thing we have to get round to. It is impossible to take on new responsibilities if we do not free up something first, and this applies both at home and in the office.

It is disappointing to see the percentages of women in Spanish corporations. Unfortunately there are too many firms in which women comprise 80% of work force but where there is not one woman on the board, or even in a senior management position.

With regard to the wage gap, it is partly women’s fault. Marijo gave us a very relevant quote: “Nice girls don’t ask”. She also mentioned the comment made by a top manager: “I love to work with executive women because they do not request a salary increase at the end of the year and they do not negotiate bonuses”.

Further to the issue about physical presence that was raised during the Q&A, this expert mentioned the case of Sodexo, a truly diverse company where they decided to have the job descriptions rewritten by women. These days, we all know that thanks to online access there is no need to be in the office all day long.!

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