Events & News


July 2017 (from 8th to 14th)

Third session of the Women Entrepreneur Program at Stanford.

The firsts event of this program designed by WIF 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.

June 22

Panel discussion at NYC about « Organizer of How to Empower your Company Abroad? » on the occasion of the launching of the Free Transatlantic Mentoring Program.

WIF launched its transatlantic mentoring program at the Payne Whitney Mansion on 5th avenue (New York), hosted by Bénédicte de Montlaur, cultural attachée of the French Embassy in the US. More than 40 French and American Women entrepreneurs in New-York, friends, mentors and sponsors of the Foundation were united around Martine Liautaud, and listened to a panel discussion gathering Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine (CEO of Connectthings, mentee), Anne-Cécile Worms (CEO of Art2M, mentee), and Roy Camblin (American Mentor of the Foundation).

"It proved for real the huge added-value and time effectiveness of getting a mentor from the country where you intend to develop your company" says Sidonie Ruban, leading the Transaltantic mentoring program in New York. "It also showed the very different needs a mentor can answer to, from fund raising to developing the right team, from networking to learning how to integrate the cultural discrepancies in your interactions".

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June 19

WIF-L’Express lecture on “How to innovate in the 21st century, how to respond to the need for agility, diversity and responsibility” with VIP guest Jean-Paul Agon, Chair and CEO of L’Oréal

May 29

Women for Future by La Tribune dinner-debate – “Entrepreneurship by women: encourage, mentor and develop internationally”.

April 28

“From Stanford to Station F - Enhancing Business Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” presentation.

Event organized by BNP Paribas in collaboration with WIF to promote the “Women Entrepreneur Program” and the transatlantic program.

April 20

Lunch with Croissance Plus and Sofia Merlo (BNP Paribas Health Management) at the Orangerie at 12:30 – “Connected devices and health”. 10 places are available.

March 23

“Empowering & Propelling Women at Work”, a panel discussion in New York.

March 14

Presentation of the transatlantic program at AmCham.

March 9

Speech given at the “Women, agents of change” meeting, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

March 8

WIF contributed to a BNP Paribas-organized event at the Orangerie on theme of Womens’ Ambitions – a presentation for BNP Paribas’ Mixity network and the Executive Committee.

March 7

Martine Liautaud’s talk at AmCham on “Promoting women in the economy” with a particular focus on how to get there (mentoring programs, in-company promotion, HR, incentives, shadowing, role models, etc.). 


2016 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 focus on best practices for the advancement of Women.

September 6, 2016

L’Express / WIF / WBMI Conference with Isabelle KOCHER, CEO of ENGIE

This conference is the second event arranged by the Women Initiative Foundation (click here) to promote gender equality and female leadership in the business word. It will take place at the Cercle Interallié in Paris. Martine Liautaud, author of Breaking Through (click here), and Valerie Lion, Deputy Editor in Chief of L’Express Magazine, will host Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE and the 1st woman to hold this position in a CAC 40 company. Isabelle Kocher will talk about the management in the 21st century, drawing from her experience at the head of a global energy leader. Martine Liautaud will speak about the role of women in business and society, and the need for diversity within the corporate world.

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.


If you’re interested in our mentoring program, please fill out the application form that you can download here.