Events


Our events team works closely with our broad network of contacts and partners in Geneva and Lausanne to ensure that our culture and values are firmly embedded in our events calendar.

Events focus on 5 key areas:

  1. International trade & diplomacy
  2. Business & entrepreneurship
  3. Personal & professional development
  4. Women's empowerment
  5. Diversity & inclusion

Upcoming events

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 15:30 - 17:00
    • WTO, Rue de Lausanne 154, 1202 Genève

    Are you registered for the WTO Forum 2017? Then, come join OWIT-Lake Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2017 in Geneva on September 26 -28. We is organizing a workshop and panel discussion under the theme  Focusing on Hidden Faces on Trade Worldwide

    Our panel will take place on the 28th September, 15.30 - 17.00 at WTO Headquarter. 

    Our panelist for this edition are:

    Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework. Mr Ratnakar Adhikari has been serving the Executive Secretariat for the EIF at the WTO as its Executive Director since October 2013. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment, a Kathmandu-based regional think-tank. Formerly, he served, among others, as a Senior Adviser to the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal  and as Trade Programme Specialist for UNDP, Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

    Susan Baka, President Bay Communications & Marketing Inc. 

    A communications specialist, Susan is an authority on international trade, women’s entrepreneurship and diversity and a prolific writer and speaker. She works with financial institutions, governments and organizations to help companies go global. Susan is a founder and VP, International of OWIT-Toronto and has served on the international board for over a decade, currently as Co-VP, Marketing & Communications. 

    Philippe Laurent   -   Executive Dean, Geneva Business School. 

    Dr. Philippe Laurent is a Strategy Professor and the current Executive Dean at Geneva Business School. He has been active in higher education for the last thirteen years, after occupying CEO and top executive positions in international companies for more than twenty years. 

    Pierre Santacatterina  -  Director General, OXFAM Magasins du Monde, Brussels, Belgium. 

    Since May 2013, Pierre Santacatterina is the general director of Oxfam-Magasins du monde in Belgium. He worked several years in the private sector (Oracle, Belgacomp, SAS Institute and Microsoft) in the beginning of his professional carreer. But he mainly worked in the humanitarian and development sector (13 years), ending as a director of Handicap International with several years of experience in the South (Iraq, Liberia and Yemen).

    The panel will be moderated by OWIT Lake Geneva Executive President Hulya Kurt with the special intervention of OWIT Lake Geneva President, Nasya Dimitrova

    The WTO Public Forum is being held in Geneva, September 26-28, 2017.

    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Webinar

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    LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND: A DISCUSSION ON WOMENS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

    Join us for an OWIT members-exclusive professional development seminar with Ms. Simona Scarpaleggia, Co-Chair of the UN High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. Ms.Scarpaleggia is also the CEO of IKEA Switzerland which, under her leadership, has joined the International Gender Champions Initiative.

    I firmly believe that there is a huge potential that could be unlocked simply by valuing and empowering women. The energy, the power and creativity of women is badly needed-not only to make this world a better place, but to enable it to survive in the years to come. Simona Scarpaleggia.

    Ms. Scarpaleggia will discuss key takeaways and her involvement with the first-ever UN High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. Our OWIT moderators will facilitate the open question and answer session following her presentation. We invite all OWIT members to attend this free, members-only event.


     

    SIMONA SCARPALEGGIA is the CEO of IKEA Switzerland where she oversees strategy and operations of the retail business including nine stores, e-commerce and distributions with a total yearly turnover of EUR 1 billion. Before joining IKEA Switzerland, she has held various positions in IKEA Italy and other multinational companies as senior executive or HR Director.

    She is a passionate campaigner for all issues surrounding women's empowerment. In 2009, she co-founded Valore D in Italy and later Advance - Women in Swiss Business in Switzerland. Both organizations have a mission to boost gender diversity and to increase the share of mixed-gender management teams for the benefit of our economies.

    Since January 2016, Scarpaleggia is co-chairing the UN High Level Panel on Women´s Economic Empowerment. She holds a degree in political science and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management. Simona Scarpaleggia is an Italian citizen, is married and has three children.


    ANDREA EWART is the President of OWIT International and a trade attorney who addresses the issues specific to woman and small medium companies in the global market place. She is Founder and CEO of DevelopTradeLaw, LLC. Prior to opening her own firm in 2003, Andrea Ewart worked with the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP, where she counseled and represented clients on U.S. customs law and enforcement, U.S. export control laws, and African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Caribbean Basin Initiatives (CBI) preferential programs.

    Ms. Ewart is an accomplished speaker and writer and applies her practical experience on trade to the issues that affect businesses and their bottom line. Her workshops on the "Legal Do's and Don'ts of Doing Business Internationally" provide insightful and indispensable information, particularly for small businesses. Ms. Ewart is admitted to the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Florida Bars and the U.S. Supreme court Bar. She is an active member of several professional organizations, and in her spare time enjoys reading, dancing, and going to movies and plays.

     


    VIOLETTE RUPPANNER is the VP, Strategy, OWIT International and a former President of the OWIT-Lake Geneva chapter. Since 2011 she is a Partner with Strategos SA, a Swiss management consulting practice specialised in strategy and organisational development, management of multi-stakeholder processes as well as professional coaching and training.

    Born and raised in Switzerland, Ms. Ruppanner loved travelling from an early age and was lucky to go study and work in China, Vietnam and the USA. An economist by training and a specialising generalist by choice, she draws from a rich and varied career spanning 25 years in government, IGO, NGO and the private sector. Ms. Ruppanner has worked on topics such as international trade, trade diplomacy, economic development cooperation, trade and development, human rights and trade and management consulting. This allowed her to acquire a solid experience and knowhow in project design & management, strategy development & execution, business planning & development as well as change facilitation & organisational governance.

    Ms. Ruppanner holds a degree in Economics and Trade from the University of Lausanne (HEC) and Masters in Management of Technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and in Business Administration from Michigan State University (USA).

     In her spare time, she loves reading, hiking (skiing and snowshoeing in winter), going to the  theatre and watching movies.

    Register now!


    • 10 Oct 2017
    • 18:00 - 20:00
    • Boulevard de Vin, Boulevard Georges Favon 3 (Bus Stop « Stand »)

    Mix & mingle around a drink!

    Join us for our monthly networking meeting in Geneva! This time around we will be discussing about how do we manage multicultural teams. Bring your stories, lessons learned, and a friend and join us! :)

    We will welcome you between 18h00 and 20h00, at Boulevard de Vin, Boulevard Georges Favon 3 (Bus Stop « Stand »).


    Fee: none, cost of a drink (please kindly clear your own tab with the bar. OWIT Lake Geneva is not responsible for clearing your bar bill).
    • 23 Oct 2017
    • 18:30 - 20:30
    • Alpha Palmiers Hotel, Rue du Petit-Chêne 34, 1003 Lausanne
    • 29


    Engaging teams with Fair and Caring Leadership

    This thought-provoking session addresses key leadership factors for obtaining “psychological ownership” and engagement. Participants benefit from the real-life experience of a seasoned entrepreneur who has learned the hard way what it takes to have followers as well as the difference between a manager and leader.

    Contrary to what some people think having followers is not about charisma, expertise or even I.Q. These certainly contribute to leadership but committed followers need more than that. They expect to be treated like human beings and not like a ‘resource’. This means that their leader actually cares about them and treats them fairly.

    Our speaker, Prof Raphael H Cohen is an expert in professional agility and “weapons of mass innovation”. He has conceptualized the IpOp Model, which is presented in his book “Winning Opportunities, proven tools for converting your projects into success… without a business plan” (downloadable on www.winning-opportunities.org).

    During the workshop, Prof Cohen will address the following challenges:

    • 50% of employees are willing to change jobs because they are not satisfied where they are
    • Many new employees start their job with a high level of motivation. It usually does not take too long for their motivation to significantly drop. What should it take to keep them motivated?
    • Using power and traditional authority to manage teams cannot deliver such results, particularly with Generation Y employee who want to be lead and inspired rather than being managed. What is expected of today’s and tomorrow’s leaders?
    • In a highly competitive environment where business models are being challenged and where everything moves very fast managing with systems and process prevents organizations from being agile enough to cope or even anticipate. What kind of leadership can maximize agility?

    If you manage people or you have the ambition to manage people one day or you are simply interested in human behaviour, this workshop is not to miss!

    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 18:00 - 20:00
    • TBC

    Mix & mingle around a drink!

    Join us for our monthly networking meeting in Geneva, where you will meet like-minded professionals in an open and friendly atmosphere of mutual respect.


    We will welcome you between 18h00 and 20h00, place TBC.



    Fee
    : none, cost of a drink (please kindly clear your own tab with the bar. OWIT Lake Geneva is not responsible for clearing your bar bill).

Past events

19 Sep 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
06 Sep 2017 The Power of Voice and Nonverbal Behaviour in Speech Communication
31 Aug 2017 Vital Voices Application: VV GROW Fellowship!
08 Aug 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - les pieds dans l'eau
11 Jul 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva "pied dans l'eau"
27 Jun 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
15 Jun 2017 2017 Annual Summer Reception - The Art of "Present-ing" workshop
31 May 2017 OWIT International Webinar: Why Trade Matters
23 May 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - Success as a team!
16 May 2017 WORKSHOP: Resilience, a mindful approach to Performance
11 May 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting
02 May 2017 Invitation à la conférence: UN FUTUR CENTRE DE RECHERCHE APPLIQUEE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE NOUVELLES VOIES THERAPEUTIQUES
26 Apr 2017 NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY NOT TO MISS: Future of Digital Trade - hosted by the ITC
11 Apr 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
28 Mar 2017 WORKSHOP: Nonviolent communication workshop
21 Mar 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - Empowering Women
14 Mar 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne - International Women's Day
07 Mar 2017 Free event at Palais des Nations: The power of digital women
28 Feb 2017 Panel discussion: Can "Equal Pay" be a reality in the companies?
27 Feb 2017 Webinar by OWIT International: "TRADE, TAX & BEYOND: NAVIGATING THE 2017 U.S. AGENDA"
21 Feb 2017 MNM Geneva - "Equal Pay" Theme
07 Feb 2017 MNM Lausanne - "Equal Pay" Theme
30 Jan 2017 Raise Your Voice: OWIT Workshop on Public Speaking
25 Jan 2017 Webinar by OWIT International: The NEW SheTrades Web & Mobile Application: Connecting One Million Women Entrepreneurs
17 Jan 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
10 Jan 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
13 Dec 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne with a Christmas twist
13 Dec 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva with a Christmas twist
15 Nov 2016 Webinar by OWIT International: HOW TO DO SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WITH BRAZIL
15 Nov 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva and Mentoring Program
08 Nov 2016 Networking Tools Workshop with Esther Goette
08 Nov 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
10 Oct 2016 Build Resilience and Get Ready
22 Sep 2016 Inclusive Trade: Expanding Participation of Women and Small & Medium Size Enterprises
21 Sep 2016 Special Session: Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
13 Sep 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
16 Aug 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
19 Jul 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
12 Jul 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
21 Jun 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
14 Jun 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
17 May 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
10 May 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
08 May 2016 OWIT Get-Together: Spring Clean Your CV for a New Job-hunting Season
19 Apr 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
10 Mar 2016 A Deeper Look into Social Entrepreneurship
08 Mar 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
01 Mar 2016 Spring Into Action: Why Time Management Matters for Women in Transition
16 Feb 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
09 Feb 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne
07 Feb 2016 OWIT Get-Together: Reach Your Goal in 100 Days! How to Make That Happen
19 Jan 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva
14 Jan 2016 Women and Career Negotiations
12 Jan 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne

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