On the 5th of June 2019, while attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, I was selected to moderate a panel for the Power Women Session. This event was run as a part of the Women Empowerment Lunch, and what an amazing opportunity it was to be surrounded by women who are making a massive, positive impact on the world.
The purpose of the GES is to empower and connect entrepreneurs from around the globe, with 2000 attendees and 1200 entrepreneurs coming together at the Summit. One of the main agenda items for the GES 2019 was a focus on female entrepreneurship, and what better way to bring this to the table than an absolutely fantastic working lunch.
Over 140 entrepreneurial women were brought together for this event to encourage and inspire each other. As an EO representative, my role at the table was to run the agenda making sure each woman, including myself, had a chance to share their stories of overcoming struggles and celebrating their successes. It is so important to recognise the role of collaboration in entrepreneurship, demonstrating what can happen when you share stories and work as one for the greater good.
The exchange of wisdom from people from all walks of life was amazing. From these dialogues, 6 Golden Tips were distilled to inspire and motivate every entrepreneur:
- Dare to ask, don’t be shy
- Be persistent, don’t give up
- Let go of the idea of perfection
- Invest in yourself, get a mentor
- Don’t compromise on self-care
- Build and use your network
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce, encouraged all the women with a bonus tip to remember to, “Do what you love” expressing her desire for women follow their passion and ambition.
I was then invited to share a photo moment with minister Kaag The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, who finished with driving home an important message:
“Dare to dare, including failure”