Business and Professional Women Europe is the European branch of BPW International. BPW International was founded in 1930 in Geneva by Lena Madisen Philips. It has grown to an international network of 30,000 members in 100 countries. There are 5 regions to manage this large organisation : North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. Europe is the strongest region with approximately 20,000 members in nearly 30 countries.
BPW International is one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 95 countries in five continents. BPW has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe. Its members include influential women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young career women.
BPW affiliates contribute to society by enabling women to sustain themselves economically. In addition, BPW offers personal development programs for members such as mentoring, leadership training and e-Business training. Since 1996, BPW affiliates worldwide have helped over 45,000 women to become economically empowered.
BPW affiliates also collaborate with governments and other non-government organizations (NGOs). BPW International belongs to coalitions of NGOs such as Project Five-O and Conference of NGOs (CONGO).
While capacity-building and confidence-building enable more women to advance to executive positions, the goal of equal participation is still far from being a reality. BPW International is giving high priority to create opportunities for women to rise to the level of top executives by collecting evidence on the return on investment when women become top executives.
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Business and Professional Women Europe
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