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The European Female Leaders' Conference


21 - 22 Sep 2021

Inspiring Online Event for All Women in Charge!

Who Should Attend? 

  • Women in Leadership Roles, Chief Executives

  • Managers, Heads of Teams, Heads of Departnemnts, Team Leaders

  • Aspiring Managers and Leaders

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Mentors

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SHELeads Program Founder

15 years in the corporate arena with roles in marketing, sales and communication, living in 5 different countries across Europe and Asia. Since leaving the corporate world, Alena has worked with hundreds of individual and corporate clients on developing their communication, public speaking and influencing skills. In 2017, she turned her focus on working with female executives, helping them succeed in their managerial endeavours. Her online signature program SHELeads is designed for high impact, ambitious female executives who want to know their inner strength, find the powerful leader within and unapologetically lead - THEIR way..

In her work with clients, Alena combines corporate experience & professional expertise with her training in Emotional Intelligence, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Coaching & Mentoring, Mindfulness and Meditation. Besides SHELeads,


Alena’s achievements include speaking at the TEDx UNYP 2017 conference, winning the second place in the 2018 Czech National Championship of Public Speaking, and in collaboration with, coaching X.GLU, a team from the Czech Technical University to win the world title at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 in Seattle, USA.

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HighBrõws, Olinclusive Founder

Olívia is a positive skeptic, lecturer and author of the "Future Skills” concept. She teaches in Slovakia, abroad and on campus. Her brainpower helps clients like IBM, Lenovo, Dell, Swiss Re, Allianz, PWC, O2, Henkel, and many others. All her efforts aim to bridge the gap between hard science and soft skills.


She is trying to take a more complex approach to understand the complexity of human behaviours. In February 2019 she was awarded the Lecturer of the Year title with a record 21 nominations for her extensive effort in the field of education.

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Chisom UDEZE
HerSpace, Founder

Chisom Udeze is a 3x Founder, Economist, and Business Strategist. She has over 12 years of professional experience from various industries including the oil and gas, research, maritime, finance and higher education sectors. Chisom is the Founder at Diversify where she intentionally works as a Cultural Innovator and Inclusion Strategist to implement measurable change and facilitate a truly inclusive culture and environment in workplaces across the world.  In 2020 (mid-pandemic), Chisom also founded HerSpace which provides the support women and women-led companies need to start their businesses, promote their brands and projects and work while caring for their children. Chisom is a thought leader within Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness and building a strong and resilient community through supporting personal and professional development. She works tirelessly to create space for people across personal, professional and societal structures. Chisom’s can-do, take a plunge and learn by doing approach is inspiring, and her many achievements are testament to her resilience and courage.

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Wescoff, DiTal Co-Founder,
Lean In Portugal Leader




Stela is Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Consultant, Unconscious Bias Trainer, PhD Candidate - Gender in Tech, Building an inclusive Metaverse.

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Andrea has been in the insurance industry since 1999. She started out as an assistant of B-1 manager and controller in the claims department and has ended as a board member.


Andrea is a creative person, and in her spare time you can find her trying new handmade techniques from sewing to jewellery making to woodworking. Creative work with her hands is an excellent counterpoint to my daily challenges at work.


As a member of the board at Generali, Andrea feels a great responsibility towards their clients and her colleagues. That is why access to colleagues, openness, and support are very important to her. She is always available to help when needed. She is thankful to all her colleagues for their enthusiasm and proficiency, because - as Andrea says - they are the ones who give the right meaning to what she does. According to her, the environment of an innovative company is fantastic. Because she is naturally curious and interested in how things work, she has always been a life-long learner. That’s what keeps her going.

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CInsO, GENERALI Slovakia
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Women In Negotiation CEO,
Lean In Zurich Leader
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Wies Bratby is a top-lawyer-turned-HR-Director-turned-coach-slash-consultant, who recently returned to her native Netherlands, after working and living across the globe for nearly a decade. Wies served as co-President to Lean In Switzerland for 5 years, and now, through her coaching practice Women In Negotiation and the WINNING with Wies Bratby podcast, she helps corporate women to pro-actively navigate and negotiate their careers. Wies is also a sough-after keynote speaker and workshop trainer, inspiring women to ask for everything they want, need and deserve in their lives.

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Senior Director at Palladium

 Barbora is an experienced market leader, executive director and advisor for strategies and development projects with 20 years of practice across Europe, Middle East and India. She was the youngest female director and only shareholder in the international advisory company, led establishment or rewamp of the offices in male-dominant markets as well as delivered projects with international awards and recognitions. She is a passionate speaker on women empowerment and leadership topics as well as cultural differences at workplace. 

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Taryn Marie STEJSKAL,Ph.D.
Resilience Leadership Founder & CRO

Dr. Taryn Marie is the #1 international expert on resilience, in both leadership and life, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of 1 Billion people, through the concepts of resilience, by 2030. She is recognized as a leading global authority on resilience, wellbeing, and mental health. Dr. Taryn Marie is the Founder and Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of Resilience Leadership Institute (RLI) and believes that resilience is the key to individual and organizational actualization and acceleration across the globe. By leveraging over a decade and a half of original research on resilience, she developed the empirically based framework, The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People. Prior to founding RLI, she served as the former Head of Executive Leadership Development & Talent Strategy at Nike, as well as Global Leadership Development at Cigna. Dr. Taryn Marie is a sought-after trusted advisor for executives, athletes, leaders, musicians, and actors, and individuals from all industries who are looking for an edge by way of understanding and harnessing their inherent resilience.

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Melissa ROMERO
BAUBO Founder, Lean In NL Leader

At the age of 17, Melissa's family was forced out of Colombia, which taught her the meaning of taking responsibility for her own destiny: After graduating as Industrial Engineer at the age of 20, she set on an adventure that took her to live in 7 countries, learning 5 languages on the way.


Melissa worked 10+ years at Procter & Gamble, building billion-dollar brands and leading complex businesses and teams, including the €250M Gillette business for their global top 7 market.


She is also the founder of the Lean In Netherlands, advocating for a more equal society.


Currently Melissa is combining her purpose to help improve women's lives and her skills, by initiating Femtech startup Baubo, which aims at empowering women through the menopausal transition. She's a proud new mom of 3-month-old twin girls Gaia & Siena.

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Cause Strategist, Gender & Diversity, The B Team 

Callie is a Cause Strategist at The B Team, a global non-profit that works to advance sustainable business practices. Callie leads The B Team's work on equality as well as the Change Who To Change How campaign, which seeks to ensure gender balance and racial diversity in C-suites and boardrooms by 2025. In this role, Callie works to provide business leaders with the tools, insights and best practices they need to champion these issues and improve their practices. Before The B Team, Callie worked as a Program Officer at The Moore Charitable Foundation where she focused on environmental and community grantmaking. She has an undergraduate degree from Columbia in Women's Studies and a Master's from London School of Economics in Gender and International Development.

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Women on Top Co-Founder

Stella Kasdagli is the co-founder of Women On Top, a non-profit organisation in Greece for the professional development of women and for gender equality in the public sphere. Within just 8 years, Women on Top has managed to become the most experienced organization in Greece regarding women’s professional empowerment and, in 2020, it became the first non profit organization participating in the National Council for Gender Equality, while also taking part in key policy consultations with major stakeholders from state institutions and industry leaders.


Stella is also a published author, a translator, a book club organiser and the facilitator of impactful workshops on professional development, gender issues and social change. She previously studied French Literature in Athens, Greece, and Media Studies in London, and has worked for 10+ years as a women’s magazine and online editor. She is the recipient of the Social Impact UK Alumni Award and She has published eight books for the empowerment of girls, women and teens. She lives in Athens with her husband and two daughters.

Meet the Speakers

Ship's Wheel

Navigating & Negotiating Your Career


10-11am CET

During this training, Wies will dive into blocks that are holding you back from pro-actively negotiating your career, and how that negatively impacts your career.

She will then address the mindset shifts and some tools necessary to overcome these blocks so that you can have the position and salary that you want and deserve.
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4-5pm CET

Why Should Every Leader Know About Menopause?

Melissa ROMERO

The business case for breaking the oldest taboo: Menopause. Half of the world's population will experience the menopausal transition, yet there's a lot of ignorance and stigmatization around it, leading to hundreds of Sr. female leaders leaving the workplace way too early, every year. This exodus correlates with the lack of female representation at the C-suite, across industries, around the world. In this presentation, you will hear the facts on how menopause affects your businesses and your teams and the ways you can get & give support to navigate and thrive through it. No matter what you think, this talk is relevant to you (even if you aren't a woman or if you are younger than 40).

21 Sep

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Why We Need Less Self-Confidence in Leadership


11.30-12.30pm CET

We are often told that the key to success in life and business is confidence.

Olivia will question that assumption encouraged by scientific research on intuition and decision-making.

She will explain why we should have less confidence in our instincts and uncover how intellectual humility can make you a better leader.
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Women In Leadership: Taking and Creating Space

5.30-6.30pm CET

Chisom UDEZE

Women, from all walks of life and across cultures have in one way or the other, been historically and socially  programmed to shrink, stay in the background and not take too much space in many areas of our lives. This rampant phenomenon manifests at home, in the work place, and in society at large. Now, more than ever we must begin to challenge and dismantle structures, systems and constructs that limit and hold us back, with courage, compassion, curiosity and empathy. Even when those limitations are self-imposed. 


What does it mean to create and take space? And why is taking space imperative?


1-2pm CET

The Feminine and Masculine Forces
in Your Leadership


There seems to be a common misconception among both women and men, of what the feminine and the masculine really mean and their value to society and to our businesses. What’s more, the two forces are somewhat competing with one another, leading to frustration, mis-understanding and conflict. Is the masculine force more desirable in running an effective organisation? Or should you rather lean into your feminine? We shall tackle this confusion head on in this talk. You will get the chance to re-visit your way of thinking about the issue and your own biases in order to understand yourselves and others better and create a workplace culture where people (including YOU) actually like to work.


7 - 8.30 pm CET

The goal of the conference is not only to offer you a unique selection of speakers, but also to provide a networking opportunity. You are invited to choose from three breakout sessions where you can share your insights with like-minded professionals, contribute to the discussion and expand your professional community. Please select the session of your choice in the registration form.

Events to Look Forward to


My Awakening Under the Wings of a Lion


10-11am CET

Sharing a personal experience
of how a few fundamental facts helped me to better understand a men's world and to be understood in turn.

How it helped me to realize that my strengths can be easily misunderstood as weaknesses.

It gave me a final understanding that only great work achievements are not enough for career promotion.
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NFTs as Hidden Gems for Women, Artists and Inclusion

4-5pm CET


Have you heard about NFTs, the Metaverse and Web3? Maybe Blockchain and crypto? In this intro to NFTs, we will look into some projects as World of Women, NiftyGems, Digitalax, The Fabricant, and the amazing artists and businesswomen behind them. We will see why NFTs are opening a world of possibilities for everyone, especially when it comes to Diversity and Inclusion, and the Metaverse has the potential to shift our world.

22 Sep

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1-2pm CET

Inclusive Leadership in a Changing World of Work


In an ever changing working environment, what are the skills, the tools and the practices that we can use in order to become more equitable and inclusive as leaders of people and organisations? In times of crisis, like the one we are currently and collectively going through, how can we ensure that everyone's voice gets heard and that the products, the services and the solutions we put out in the world reflect the beauty and the diversity of our teams, our audiences and of our societies as whole?
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CEO Activism
& Gender Balance

5.30-6.30pm CET


In this one-on-one conversation, Callie Strickland interviewed by Lenka Hlinková  (Lean In Slovakia Network Leader) will explore the importance of CEO and business activism for social change; practical actions business leaders can take to advance gender balance, equity and inclusion; success stories; the pros and cons of quotas for diversity; the necessity of networks and collaboration; and visions for the future.
Rain Boots

2.30-3.30pm CET

Women in Leadership against All Odds


Interactive session to discuss how women face challenges to achieve leadership role in variety of cultural and situational contexts. Barbora will open the session with her personal journey to director role in a male-dominant field and markets, her approach for building gender balance and social inclusiveness in her teams, achieving a “relative” work-life balance, building resilience throughout country transfers with kids and against the discrimination and bureaucracy spiced by humorous situations.
When we inevitably face challenge, change, and complexity - we have a choice … to flourish or fold. Join us for this keynote and discover The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People to help you flourish. These five key impactful behaviors, that anyone can learn, can help determine the breadth and depth of your resilience in leadership and in life.
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The Resilience Factor: Harnessing Resilience in Leadership
and in Life

7-8pm CET

Taryn Marie STEJSKAL, Ph.D.

Meet the Team

Lean In Network Slovakia is an official network of the global initiative founded by Sheryl Sandberg. Our mission is to help women achieve their maximum potential at work and develop female leaders. We meet these goals by providing quality education, removing barriers women face at work and building supportive community. Since 2019 we have educated more than 3000 people on various soft-skills, digital and diversity, inclusion & equity topics. We also conduct local research related to women at work.

We are a team of 17 people (and growing) and this initiative formally operates under the umbrella of our civic association Female Algorithm. We run activities mainly in Slovakia, but now is the best time to step beyond the geographical borders and get united with likeminded leaders from all over Europe.



The general sponsor of The European Female Leadership Conference is The Center for International Private Enterprise.  

Watch the video to hear the key message from Natalia Otel Belan,

CIPE Regional Director for Europe & Euroasia. 


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Was or is your journey to the management level simple or hard? Have you felt supported by your organisation? Let us know what worked well so that we can spread good practice. Fill in the short survey and you'll have a chance to win one of three valuable virtual prices!

Menopause On Your Terms

You are more than your symptoms. Your quality of life through and beyond (peri) menopause is what matters most so you can experience it on your terms! Help BAUBO build the future of menopause care. It takes less than 5 mins. Thank you!

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In a world where women still face bias and other barriers at work, Circles are a safe space to share your struggles, give and get advice, and celebrate each other’s wins. If you are looking for support from women who understand what you're going through, your Circle will give you the boost we all need.

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