THE MATRIX TO SUCCESS - CREATIVE WOMEN PLATFORM BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM TOOK PLACE IN LONDON ON THE 3-5 November 2022 AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS & OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE CLUB
The Creative Women Platform Business Symposium brought together more than 70 female leaders and entrepreneurs from the UK and around the world. They shared their strategies and their views on how to sustain and develop careers and business projects in these current challenging times. This inspiring event took place over three days at the House of Commons, Institute of Directors and the Oxford & Cambridge Club. There were additional social events and a tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Set up by its Founder and CEO Olga Balakleets in 2016, this International Platform is a high-profile business networking forum which inspires and connects female entrepreneurs around the world. It enjoys the patronage of a number of highly respected female leaders and opinion makers. Its previous speakers were featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and other global publications. With a fast-growing membership scheme and representatives in 40 countries, the platform offers an open space for shared experience, innovation and mentorship by women who influence business. Contributors are experts from the public and private sectors, emerging millennial talents, and highly successful entrepreneurs.
Guests of the Symposium were welcomed by Rt Hon Sir John Whittingdale OBE MP, Rt Hon Baroness Uddin, Marina Ahmad AM, Lead Economy Spokesperson in the London Assembly, Creative Women Founder and CEO Olga Balakleets and Executive Director Dr Viola Edward. Among the speakers were: Mako Abashidze, Founder and Director of the British Georgian Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Creative Women in Georgia, Marina Ahmad AM, London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, Lead Economy Spokesperson in the London Assembly Labour Group, Farzana Baduel, CEO of Curzon PR, Niall Burns, a founder member of Subrosa Group, Lady Colin Campbell, a best-selling author, TV presenter, celebrity, Elizabeth Deheza, the Chief Executive of Deheza Limited, Jill Douka MBA, Leadership Coach, bestselling author, Chair of Creative Women in Greece, Dr Viola Edwards, Founder GRIT Academy, Executive Director of Creative Women, Jules Francis, Food Breakthrough Coach, Priyanka Gill, Co-Founder, Good Glamour Group, Founder and CEO, Popxo Daily, Maria Kempinska MBE, a psychotherapist, Founder of Jongleurs Comedy Club, Atiya Khan, supermodel, filmmaker, actress, TV show hostess, Sufi activist, a fashion designer, Creative Women Chair in Pakistan, Ilenia Lombardi, Founding Member at BLC International Network, International lawyer, Chair of Creative Women in Italy, Nevena Nikolova, a celebrity Fashion Designer, Dr Eline Pedersen, President of Birth Forward, Sarah Pinch FCIPR, MIoD, Managing Director of Pinch Point Communications, Denada Bare Rauch, an entrepreneur and a co-founder of Adl Investment Fund, Rebeca Riofrio, Chairperson, Parliamentary Society for Arts, Fashion and Sports, Creative Women Ambassador, Karin Rodriguez, Board Member of Argentina Chamber of Commerce, Creative Women Chair of Argentina, Islée Oliva Salinas, a Partner in Vine Ventures, Julene Siddique, a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science, a Co-Chair for the Arts, Humanities and Culture working groups for Global Leadership 21 in UN Office in Geneva, Verónica Sosa, Founder of SHE Platform, Business Fit Magazine, Belgium, Creative Women Ambassador, Elena Tanou, Founder of Kinisis Travel, Board Member of Cyprus Chamber of Commerce, Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, President and Founder of WinTrade Global Women in Business Network, Laura Timm, Speaker, Mentor, Business Consultant, Creative Women Special Adviser, Olga Vysokova, Founder of Women Who Inspire Platform, Co-Founder Global Next Gen Community, Fi Yates, an internationally award-winning female entrepreneur, Mirjam Zwingli, Director of International Communication & Marketing, Poligate, Chair of Creative Women in Germany, Austria, and German-Speaking Switzerland.
The Symposium consisted of panels, presentations and social events which provided an excellent business networking opportunity. A variety of topics were discussed including resilience and leadership in times of crisis: current challenges in the tourism industry: the gender equality gap: women in strategic corporate intelligence: cyberstalking: new developments in the digital, fintech and investment industries: healthy relationship with food in times of crisis: changing talent environment: social sustainability: mental health: sustainability in fashion. At the closing event at the Oxford and Cambridge Club guests were entertained by acclaimed soprano Katerina Mina, award-winning violinist Kamila Bydlowska, rising pop star Sophia Patsalides and renowned pianist Julian Gallant.
Creative Women Founder and CEO Olga Balakleets said: “Let us celebrate much needed creativity and resilience in these challenging times and discover opportunities these times could bring to female leaders.”
The event was supported by Mainbridge Group, EarthStudios, Parliamentary Society for Arts, Fashion and Sports, Grit Academy and Kypwell.