‘‘Inspiring Wo-men’’ celebrates fifth anniversary with day-long networking event

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Luxembourg’s inspiring women and men celebrated the fifth anniversary of the ‘’Inspiring Wo-men’’ private business club with a series of workshops and networking activities on Wednesday.

Local entrepreneurs as well as managing directors and business professionals with a leadership role gathered at the Mercure Kikuoka Golf Hotel in Canach to mark five years since Luxembourg’s role models have gained recognition.

On the day, participants were offered the chance to take part in a number of workshops where they gained professional insight into leadership, marketing, employment engagement and how to build and raise one’s self-esteem.

Certified Professional Coach Irina Cristina Tudor advised participants how to boost their self-esteem to a rock-solid level

For those interested in pursuing more recreational activities, the offer included introductory golf classes, short massage sessions, beauty and make-up courses, an introductory class to using the battery-powered electric vehicle Segway as well as a more detailed workshop exploring rare gemstones, their characteristics and inclusions.

Some guests also discovered the ‘‘Kamishibai’’ paper theatre, a form of storytelling that originated in the Japanese Buddhist temples many centuries ago.

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Later in the evening, ‘‘Inspiring Wo-men’’ members and their guests put their festive gowns and celebrated the club’s anniversary in style over cocktails.

At the festivities, participants were mesmerised by an illusionist as well as participated in a raffle, which raised funds for a number of educational scholarships granted to several Romanian deserving students.

Fiduseve S.A. Manager, Sylvie Legrand, who became a member of the ‘’Inspiring Wo-men’’ club two months ago attended the event in Canach and expressed her excitement for the anniversary.

‘‘I am very happy to be part of ‘‘Inspiring Wo-men’’ at its fifth anniversary. I believe it to be a good networking opportunity for business professionals and organisations, targeting mainly women, but not excluding men. The club is very active in organising events. I have already attended three meetings in the past two months and I always felt satisfied with the results.’’

Tamara Sanne and Patricia Quiddington of the Sparx Factory

Also happy to be celebrating the business club’s fifth anniversary this year, owner of the kindergarten chain ‘’Rockids Crèches’’ and 2012 winner of the Inspiring Woman in Education Prize, Fatima Rivas is one of the first entrepreneurs to have joined ‘‘Inspiring Wo-men’’ back in 2010.

‘‘The ‘‘Insipiring Wo-men’’ business club is so much needed in Luxembourg and I hope it continues to grow and develop its range of members and networks. People find value in the events organised by the club and this is thanks to the great teamwork of Clara Moraru and Elvira Gritcan who always come up with innovative ideas for events.’’

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Bringing together the most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs in the Grand Duchy, President and club founder Clara Moraru looks back on how it all started with the launch of the book ‘‘Leadership féminin au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg’’, where successful female leaders were sharing and reflecting on their professional development.

It all really started with my desire to give visibility to role models, to promote powerful and successful women, great leaders who deserved to be praised for their achievements, so that others become inspired, too. It is with great satisfaction that I think at this past five years, especially now when male leaders who have joined the club, in the meantime, express their eagerness to be bringing their daughters to our future events. Every time I see young women attending our meetings, I know that my mission has been accomplished, concluded Moraru.

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And while members of ‘‘Inspiring Wo-men’’ express their contentment with the club, non-members also seem to respect and support its mission.
‘‘I think that ‘‘Inspiring Wo-men’’ is a very good network for local female leaders and is definitely one of the largest networks we have in the country. Although, this is the first time I am hosting one of their gatherings, I have participated in many events and it was always a positive experience,’’ stated Maximilian Von Hochberg, General Manager at the Mercure Kukuoka Golf Hotel.

‘‘Inspiring Wo-men’’ is a private business club founded in 2009, where new members can join by-invitation only. It hosts a number of yearly events such as the ‘‘Inspiring Woman of the Year’’, ‘‘Top Company for Gender Equity’’ awards and ‘‘Soirée des Ambassadeurs’’. The club has some 100 members and is involved in a number of charity and fundraising projects.

Since 2009, some 125 female leaders have been awarded for their professional achievements.

For more information on ‘‘Inspiring Wo-men’’, please visit the business club’s official website.

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