By Daniela De Marco Cazzani – Kilpatrick Executive Search
Organized on June 5thby the NetComm Suisse Observatory at Philip Morris Innovation Cube in Neuchatel and sponsored by BFK Digital, this Executive Workshop has been an invitation-only occasion for sharing expert opinion among senior business women.
On 5th June 2019, the 5th executive workshop in the 2019 Netcomm Suisse Observatory program dedicated to Women in e-commerce and digital was hosted at the Innovation Cube of Philip Morris International in Neuchatel.
Organized by the NetComm Suisse Observatory and sponsored by BFK Digital, this Executive Workshop has been an invitation-only occasion for sharing expert opinion among senior business women.
With 25 attendees, this executive workshop was designed as a platform for female senior managers, executives and leaders to discuss common challenges in the workplace and to share success stories and inspiration for advancing their careers.
We believe that sharing real-life experiences that highlight encouraging personal stories and successful careers of female digital managers can help to support a healthy debate about this topic.
On the agenda, four senior-level female professional shared their personal professional stories and the key learning:
Aline Yordikian, e-Commerce Director at DHL, stating that gender-diversified teams bring 60% more results. Therefore, being open and connecting with all colleagues is beneficial. She also shared the importance of continuous learning in the fast-changing environment of e-Commerce.
Kathryn Parsons, Head of SEO at Philip Morris International, her key take away was about being clear-eyed about understanding the nature of the context and culture of the company you work for and be ready to change when you cannot reach your full potential
Bozena Nawara-Borek, e-Commerce Manager Europe/CEEMEA at Swarovski, in her contribution, she shared her strong belief that you need to embrace challenges and do not be afraid to make your voice heard from peers and senior management.
Ute Poprawe, former CEO of Publicis Frankfurt, challenging the attendees with a passionate plea for women to avoid denying their power, and instead to embrace assertiveness, better understand their male colleagues and then respond accordingly in a self-confident way.
The workshop was closed with a working group session where the attendees were asked to share their views on relevant topics and potential speakers for “Women in e-Commerce and Digital” Event coming up on 24 September in collaboration with Ginetta.
On a long list of selected topics, the attendees highlighted the importance of mentoring among female professionals, sharing the discussion of male counterparts, and how to design a meaningful user experience.
On BFK Digital
Kilpatrick Group SA, Executive Search company numbering 17 branch offices all over the world, has taken over BFK HR Consulting, a consulting company specialized in human resources focusing on ICT applied to Fashion. A trusted partner to everyone in need of specialized, highly professional consulting services in the field of human resources: from Staff Selection and Recruitment all the way down to Head Hunting, Executive Search and Coaching. Relying on a pan-European mark and on its wide-ranging, established experience, Kilpatrick and BFK have thus promoted BFK Digital with the goal to create an ecosystem of excellence in the digital world, on which all Group’s digital assets and capabilities will converge. BFK Digital starts from people and capabilities, among the others the first engine of digital transformation. Kilpatrick believes People is the prime enabler of any digital-native business model and technological opportunity.