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WIF Partnerships

Stanford University

The Women Initiative Foundation’s relationship with the University and its alumni is vitally important in several areas:

  • WIF, together with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, delivered the first annual Women Entrepreneurship Program in 2015. This one-week program sponsored by BNP Paribas Wealth Management attracts women who lead fast-growing small and medium international enterprises in Europe, Asia and the United States. The intensive program provides strategic insight and unique business networking opportunities.
  • The Women’s Initiative Foundation is considering working with the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership, part of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, in order to collaborate on European studies. Mentoring:
  • Martine Liautaud, an alumnae of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, founded the Women’s Business Mentoring Initiative (WBMI) in 2010 along with two other alumnae. Stanford Business School alumni are actively involved in recruiting and selecting WBMI mentors and mentees, and several serve as mentors. Learn more about WBMI.


Corporate Partners

A growing number of companies in Europe and the United States are involved in the WIF mission, providing financial support, leadership and networking connections:

  • BNP Paribas and Bank of the West
    BNP is a global leader in financial services and one of the world's six highest rated banks. The Group makes long-term commitment to promoting women entrepreneurs and is a long time partner of the Women Business Mentoring Initiative (WBMI). BNP Paribas Wealth Management, the Group’s Private Banking arm, announced on May 4 2016 that it has agreed to sponsor the Woman Initiative Foundation (WIF) over the next three years.
    The energy group ENGIE, is a co-founder of the Women Initiative Foundation and a partner in the Women’s Business Mentoring Initiative. ENGIE, a world leader in its sector, is one of the most advanced groups in promoting the advancement of women.