The Glass Ceiling persists

“WIF’s mission is to promote the advancement of women in the workplace. It’s about attracting all talents -not only is it fair and necessary, but it’s businesses to succeed financially.
Diversity is a real need in today’s world and permanently shattering the glass ceiling is everyone’s responsibility.” 

Founder and Chairperson, WIF

WIF aims to put women at the forefront at all levels of the company and to break the glass ceiling they face, in their remuneration or their career.
Women Initiative Foundation is international with a presence in France, Europe, USA, Canada and Singapore.

It is a world in which women could give their full potential in business, the economy and society. A world based on values that can ensure sustainable development for the benefit of future generations. We believe that women are the agents of change in the years to come and that they will be at the origin of social transformations that will benefit both men and women tomorrow.

In all we do through WIF, we are guided by our commitment to:

  • cross-cultural/international exchange
  • excellence
  • relationship
  • tangibility
  • value add, catalytic contribution

Importantly, WIF is an entirely philanthropically motivated and largely volunteer-led organization. We do not take a financial position in the companies we support. We are authentically driven to see women business leaders succeed.

Our Actions

Ideas Laboratory

WIF is an ideas laboratory and a voice for gender diversity, respect and recognition of women in the business world.


WIF supports women entrepreneurs by proposing them a mentor whose expertise answers the development issues they have in France, in Europe, in the USA and in Singapore.


WIF carries out European, American and Canadian studies analysing male/female specificities related to management behaviors, belief and stereotypes.


WIF is involved in the design of training programs developed with the world's leading universities.

Active Network

WIF develops a Global Circle Network of alumnae, mentors, strategic partners, corporate leaders, thought partners, and supporters.

Events Organization

WIF organises conferences and convenings, both in France, in the United States, in Canada and in Singapore.

Transatlantic Program

WIF launched, in 2017 in the United States and in 2018 in Canada, a transatlantic program for French women entrepreneurs wishing to develop their business there and vice versa.


Our foundation relies on donation, pro-bono, and experience sharing.<br />

WIF, 10 years: a virtuous circle !

The Women Initiative Foundation was founded by Martine Liautaud, to expand on the success of the Women Business Mentoring Initiative (WBMI), which she created in 2010 with other alumni of the Stanford Business School. This initiative supported more than 100 women entrepreneurs in 5 years. WIF is funded by ENGIE, BNP Paribas, Liautaud & Cie and other donors.