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WIF Events

November 17, 2016

Martine Liautaud and the WIF foundation together with BNP Paribas host a dinner-debate in the Cercle Interallié in Paris to celebrate the sixth anniversary of WBMI, with a panel discussion about the challenges facing entrepreneurs in the 21st century and the keys to success.

November 9, 2016

Martine Liautaud participates in a panel discussion in New York, with BNP Paribas & MixCity BNG together with Catherine Flax Head of Commodity, Derivatives, FX & Local Markets at BNP Paribas, Jean Wynn, Managing Director & Market Segment Lead Corporate & Public Finance BNY Mellon, and Tulsi Byrne, Manger of Social Sustainability & Gender Equality and Integrity, UN Global Compact.

The discussion will focus on best practices for the advancement of Women.

September 6, 2016 – L’Express / WIF / WBMI Conference with Isabelle KOCHER, CEO of ENGIE

A milestone event

The lunch-debate jointly hosted on September 6th by the Women Initiative Foundation and L’Express magazine was a big success

Over 100 women and men of influence, managers and entrepreneurs were seduced by Isabelle Kocher’s (CEO of ENGIE) pragmatic and innovative management concept.

After setting ENGIE’s strategic issues and ambitions in terms of energy transformation, Isabelle insisted on the pressing need to reconsider together the organization, the management practices and the chain of command in the era of digitalization.

ENGIE is implementing an open management system, based on everyone’s initiative and responsibility. Women play an important role in a Group whose Board is the most feminized among the French big corporations.

A positive and punchy discussion took place with Martine Liautaud, Founder and CEO of the Women Initiative Foundation and Valérie Lion, Deputy Chief Editor at L’Express. Eventually, Isabelle easily managed to convince of the relevance and universality of her management model.

This lunch initiates a series of debates with role models coming from the business and economic world, and showing an interest in diversity. Whether they are French or not, those public figures will address topics intended to an audience of entrepreneurs and decision makers.

July 2016 – Second session of the Women Entrepreneur Program at Stanford (July 3 to July 8)

The first event of this program designed by WBMI and implemented with its partner BNP Paribas was a great success;
This program allows women entrepreneurs from 12 countries to receive a week of training in management, negotiation, implementation of change and growth strategies.
This year again, 4 places will be offered to WBMI mentees.

May 2016

The Women Initiative Foundation hosted two events in New York City on May 5 and May 6, 2016. Martine Liautaud, founder of WIF, presented her newly published book “Breaking Through” and shared with two entrepreneurs and two mentors who have found success through the Women Initiative Foundation (click here : May 5, May 6).


Two similar events were held in San Francisco (Ca) on May 10 (click here) and in Palo Alto (Ca) on May 12 (click here), 2016, with a group of prominent panelists from the Silicon Valley (click here).


February 18, 2016

First WIF event: Stanford in Paris
More than sixty women entrepreneurs gathered in the prestigious “Cercle Interallié”, next door to the US Embassy, to hear Professor Margaret Neale of the Stanford GSB (click here for pictures).
Welcomed by Martine Liautaud, Founder of the Women Initiative Foundation (click here to read Martine’s introduction speech), Maggie delivered and impressive and very convincing message on women and negotiation: ”Why women don’t ask”. See video

To several entrepreneurs in the audience, the evening had something of a Californian flavor as they recalled the first session of the Women Entrepreneur Program (jointly organized by WBMI and BNP Paribas) they attended in July 2015 on the Stanford Campus.
The following day, thirty women entrepreneurs, prospective candidates to the second session of this program met with Maggie and the Stanford team at the BNP Paribas headquarters. The Women Entrepreneur Program has been extended for three years and the next session will take place in Palo Alto (July 5 to July 8, 2016).