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

    • 08 Mar 2021
    • 14:00 - 16:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • Virtual


    Please register at 2021 IWD: Applying Gender Lens to Sustainability Standards and Certification Systems for International Trade | UNFSS

    Women account for 40% or more of the total labour force in many countries in 2019[1] and at least 33% of women make up the exporting workforce compared to 24% of non-exporting workforce in developing countries[2]. International trade has in fact created better jobs for women – the probability of women being in the informal sector reduced from 20% in sectors with low levels of exports to 13% in sectors with high levels of exports, providing them with opportunities for benefits, training and job security.

    However, in the credit market, women entrepreneurs in developing countries tend to self-select out of the credit market because of their low perceived creditworthiness such as low financial literacy, risk aversion and fear of failure. These women would not apply for loans or lines of credit because they were often discouraged by the societal perception that their application would automatically be denied.

    Furthermore, women engaged in cross-border trade often face a number of challenges, including time and skill constraints (women also spend more time performing unpaid work such as childcare and housework), burdensome custom requirements, as well as discriminatory and non-transparent non-tariff measures. Non-tariff measures raise compliance costs associated with procedures, regulations, and standards and certifications, which can be particularly burdensome for small enterprises with little experience in trade – as is the case for many women-owned firms. These challenges are a global problem that affects women disproportionately and can limit opportunities for women traders.

    Sustainability Standards

    Sustainability Standards are special rules that guarantee the products you buy do not hurt the environment and the people that produced them. It has emerged as new tools to address key sustainability challenges such as biodiversity, climate change and human rights. The UNFSS described Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) as, “specifying requirements that producers, traders, manufacturers, retailers or service providers may be asked to meet, relating to a wide rage of sustainability metrics, including respect for basic human rights, worker health and safety, the environmental impacts of production, community relations, land use planning and others”. Although these standards are voluntary by nature, they have become a market reality and non-compliance can lead to the exclusion of producers from global value chains and exports, in general.

    Sustainability standards also generates gender-sensitive assurances in the operational procedures and norms established by companies to drive systemic changes for women in supply chains and improve their overall working conditions. According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), voluntary sustainability standards can potentially contribute to higher incomes for women in agriculture and women can also receive financial support provided through certification. This includes pre-financing or premiums that can contribute to women´s ability to access productive inputs and credit. When producer organizations support these measures, it can enhance women´s rights to productive agriculture resources.

    The Dialogue

    The need to raise global awareness about leveraging sustainability standards for gender equality and women´s empowerment should be compounded with practical questions such as:

    • What are the opportunities to close the persistent gender gap in access to finance for women-owned businesses in developing countries?
    • Do sustainability standards address the issues faced by women entrepreneurs and traders?
    • How do we ensure that the certification system is gender responsive?
    • What infrastructure is needed to ensure these are possible?

    With these questions in mind, the objective of this dialogue is:

    • to raise global awareness on the issues most women entrepreneurs and exporters face with regards to sustainability standards. Even if they can see the benefits of complying to these standards, the issue they are often faced with are the lacking means of financial, capacity and institutional support
    • to put forward policy recommendations at national level on ways to facilitate a better infrastructure that eases women entrepreneurs to certify their products
    • to discuss differentiated impacts of standards compliance for women in international trade, and its best practices to foster gender equality and women empowerment
    • 08 Mar 2021
    • 19:00 - 20:30 (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Come and join our International Women's Day Special: OWIT + PowerTalk from where ever you are on this planet, and be inspired! This event is in collaboration with OWIT International and is open to all at no cost - yes, we meant it when we say ´special´!  We´ll take in all the cost to organize this event, so you can be part of the community on this special day!

    We are very excited to host this global event with distinguished guest speakers from Geneva, Zurich, Washington, Paris who will inspire you from within. 

    "Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who has her back." We invite you to discover what success means to you and let you lead the life that you want.

    So come and take part in this event with an open mind, enjoy being surrounded by determined women and most of all, lets just relax and have some fun!

    Its time to celebrate being a woman and an inclusive community!




    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 19:00 - 20:30 (UTC+01:00)
    • Online
    Register

    Webinar: This is the year you start investing like Aysha

    This year move your "regular" resolution list items aside and make room for investing, finally! We can't wait to hear Aysha van de Paer speak passionately and practically about investing for women. 

    In this webinar you will: 

    • Hear why women shy away from investing
    • How investing now will change your future
    • How to get started now!

    Join us for this webinar to put a gender lens in your investments. 

    Aysha's TEDxLausanne recording will give you a head start already: 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxBOtrkzfSc

    Aysha van de Paer

    Teaching women to invest in a way that feels right

    www.InvestLikeAysha.com



    • 26 Mar 2021
    • 09:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • 27 Mar 2021
    • 16:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • TBC
    • 41

    The W-Hack is postponed!

    Due to the current coronavirus situation the Open Geneva Festival, and The W.Hack as part of it, are being postponed. 

    We will keep you updated on the new dates as soon as possible, please stay tuned!

    But in the meantime….keep the wheels turning and the ideas flowing!!!

    Please keep sending us your hackathon ideas via the form or at e-vicepresident@owit-lakegeneva.org.



    The W – Hack!

    The W-Hack is an OWIT Lake Geneva initiative that aims to reunite entrepreneurs (our OWIT members and everyone else who is interested, man or woman!) and incite to innovation!

    This event is part of OpenGeneva 2020

    The theme of this 'W-Hack' (W-Women) is a call out all women who want to be part of social and societal change, by putting forward innovative ideas.

    The event will happen over a weekend date TBC, 2020, and will unite teams formed of maximum 6 participants and will include many exciting workshops – project management, innovation, public speaking and digital marketing.

    Please submit your idea by filling in the form

    The event will be catered and the official language will be English.

    Agenda:

    Friday:

    18:30-21:00 – recap of the selected ideas and teams creation (to be announced by e-mail)

    Saturday:

    09:00 – Breakfast and review of agenda for the day

    10:30 – Project management - workshop hosted by Katarzyna Grzesik-Harz

    12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch

    15:00 – Agile - workshop hosted by InnKick 

    16:00 – Public speaking - workshop hosted by Helen von Dadelszen

    Sunday:

    10:00 – Breakfast

    10:30 – 12:30 – Mentoring (by OWIT Lake Geneva)

    12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch

    14:00 - 16:00 – Projects presentations, jury voting and winners announcement!

    Bring your energy and ideas and let's hack together to improve the world we live in through innovation!

    See you there, 

    OWIT Lake Geneva Team


    *** More updates on this event coming soon. Stay tuned. 

    • 30 Mar 2021
    • 19:00 - 20:30 (UTC+02:00)
    • ZOOM / Geneva (depending on measures restrictions)
    Register

    Recent world events have shown us that no one is immune to crises. A crisis could happen anytime and affect anyone, and we have no way of knowing when it is coming.

    The way we manage a crisis reveals our true personalities and leadership. Do it wrong – and you will be dealing with damage control, loss of credibility, and reputation for a very long time. The best thing anyone can do is be prepared.

    Discover how to recognize the signs of a crisis, manage your personal response to it. Learn lessons from various crises experiences around the world and tips for the best strategies for responding to a crisis.

    NATASHA Konstantinova is a towering figure in the world of corporate communications, media, crisis management, and global reputation science. Fortune 500 companies, global institutions, foundations, and diverse industries across different continents are part of her work experience.  She has worked with the media, authorities, customers, suppliers and analysis during the best and worst times for her clients standing side-by-side with them in war rooms when crises occurred.

    WWW.REPUTATION-SCIENCE.COM


Past events

18 Feb 2021 Embedding sustainability into your business communications
02 Feb 2021 Explore your intentional creativity
26 Jan 2021 Save-the-date: OWIT Lake Geneva's 2021 Annual General Meeting
17 Dec 2020 Lausanne OWIT Afterwork - Xmas Twist
03 Dec 2020 Journey Towards Personal Sustainability
26 Nov 2020 WEBINAR: Femmes migrantes qualifiées sur le marché suisse du travail
04 Nov 2020 WEBINAR - SheTrades - virtual event
29 Oct 2020 Workshop: App Blueprint with Ambra Curetti
22 Oct 2020 Afterwork Geneva: Pink October
14 Oct 2020 WORKSHOP - Design thinking and Business Model Canvas
01 Oct 2020 Workshop: Coaching 2.0 - Embracing Change
24 Sep 2020 OWIT Lausanne September Afterwork
22 Sep 2020 Afterwork: with Gill Whitty-Collins the author of Why Men Win at Work?
15 Jul 2020 NEW DATE: OWIT AFTERWORK IN LAUSANNE: WHAT HAS CHANGED?
08 Jul 2020 Discovering new opportunities in international cooperation (IC)
06 Jul 2020 IGC Virtual Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and its impact on women in international trade
11 Jun 2020 OWIT AFTERWORK IN GENEVA: WHAT HAS CHANGED?
19 May 2020 Agile in Practice
12 May 2020 You are the Expert: Become your Best Ambassador
07 May 2020 Introduction to Entnest: Entrepreneurship is a contact sport
05 May 2020 Webinar: Blockchain, an Introduction
01 May 2020 A Place of Trust: Soul.com Special Covid-19 Session
30 Apr 2020 Trade Talk Thursday Meet and Greet: WIIT DC and OWIT Lake Geneva Joint Event
23 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: Visual communication - How to use your phone to turn a picture into an interesting image
21 Apr 2020 WEBINAR - 5 Steps to Start and Grow a Profitable Business Webinar with Melitta Campbell
16 Apr 2020 Virtual Afterwork by OWIT Lake Geneva - Home office, home schooling, kids, pets and the whole shebang!
08 Apr 2020 WEBINAR - A WAKE UP CALL from today’s pandemic!
25 Mar 2020 WEBINAR - Agile by InnKick
05 Mar 2020 OWIT Lake Geneva Afterwork: International Women's Day
27 Feb 2020 Partner's event - Networking for Success in partnership with Webster University
25 Feb 2020 OWIT Lake Geneva Webinar - 2020 Vision! The Six Pillars to Create the Greatest Year of Your Life; Building the Foundation for this New Decade
23 Jan 2020 OWIT Lake Geneva's 2020 Annual General Meeting
19 Dec 2019 OWIT Afterwork with a Christmas Twist
26 Nov 2019 WORKSHOP: From stress & fatigue > energy & thrive
22 Nov 2019 OWIT Get-Together: Let's talk about mentoring!
07 Nov 2019 Faire son bilan de compétences: pour qui, pour quoi ?
17 Oct 2019 OWIT Afterwork in Geneva: Supporting Breast Cancer Month
10 Oct 2019 Special Event - Meet&Greet - OWIT by the Lake
09 Oct 2019 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2019
08 Oct 2019 OWIT International Webinar - BLOCKCHAIN 101: THE BASICS
02 Oct 2019 Partner's event - New Ways of living, working and leading by WIN
19 Sep 2019 OWIT Afterwork in Lausanne: Burn-out..?
12 Sep 2019 OWIT Afterwork in Geneva: Burn-out..?
11 Jul 2019 Special Event - Afterwork - OWIT by the Lake
20 Jun 2019 2019 Summer Reception - The power of effective negotiation
11 Jun 2019 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne: Start your own business !
06 Jun 2019 GETTING PRICING RIGHT, with Janene Liston
07 May 2019 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva: Start your own business !
16 Apr 2019 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne: Special EXPAT edition... How to adapt in Lausanne?
09 Apr 2019 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva: Special EXPAT edition... How to adapt in Geneva?
08 Apr 2019 How Blockchain technology is changing trade
19 Mar 2019 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne: Follow your dreams !
12 Mar 2019 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva: Follow your dreams !
05 Mar 2019 WORKSHOP - Innovation and what it entails
05 Feb 2019 WORKSHOP - Thinking and speaking like a leader
29 Jan 2019 OWIT Lake Geneva's 2019 Annual General Meeting
15 Jan 2019 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne - How can we make New Year resolutions last?
08 Jan 2019 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - How can we make New Year's resolutions last?
11 Dec 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - with a Christmas twist
11 Dec 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne - with a Christmas twist
05 Dec 2018 Comment parler en public en étant soi-même ?
22 Nov 2018 OPEN DOORS DAY AT IATA: Special Event for OWIT Lake Geneva
20 Nov 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne - Negotiation Skills for Women
13 Nov 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - Negotiation Skills for Women
04 Nov 2018 OWIT Lake Geneva @ Expat Expo
16 Oct 2018 BUILD YOUR APTITUDE FOR SELF-CONFIDENCE: Activate your inner Aladdin genius
09 Oct 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - Health Awareness month
11 Sep 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - Time management tips & tricks
04 Sep 2018 The superpower that brought International Trade to our doorstep
26 Jun 2018 Leadership Presence Keynote by Amy Carroll
12 Jun 2018 2018 Annual Summer Reception - Learn from the experts: What are the critical ingredients of a successful career?
15 May 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne - Mother's Day Edition
08 May 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - Mother's Day Edition
02 May 2018 OWIT International Webinar: Virtual Panel and Discussion FREE For All OWIT Members
24 Apr 2018 OWIT International Webinar - Women in Trade: A Global Perspective on Where We Are and How to Get to Equality
17 Apr 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne: How to dress for success?
10 Apr 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva: How to dress for success?
13 Mar 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne: International Women's Day
13 Mar 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva: International Women's Day 2018
26 Feb 2018 'Dinner at Tiffany's' - join us for the 2018 Annual General Meeting
20 Feb 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne: How to 'sell' your CV
13 Feb 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva: How to 'sell' your CV
06 Feb 2018 OWIT International Webinar: Member's only FREE Webinar: Productive Conflict™ How Women Leaders Can Navigate Conflict Productively to Discover Innovative Solutions for Their Companies, Teams, and Themselves
16 Jan 2018 Are your emotions betraying you at work?
16 Jan 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Lausanne - New Year Resolutions
09 Jan 2018 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - New Year Resolutions!
12 Dec 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting with a Christmas twist
23 Nov 2017 La maternité en entreprise: un tabou à transformer en opportunités
14 Nov 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - International Trade & Entrepreneurship
07 Nov 2017 How Fair and Caring Leadership can boost team engagement and personal satisfaction
10 Oct 2017 Monthly Networking Meeting Geneva - Management of multicultural teams
03 Oct 2017 OWIT International Webinar: Member's only FREE Webinar: Leave no One Behind: A Discussion on Women's Economic Empowerment with CEO of IKEA Switzerland, Ms. Simona Scarpaleggia
28 Sep 2017 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2017
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 Geneva with a Christmas twist
12 Dec 2016 Monthly Networking Meeting 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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