Women’s Global Leadership Journey

Celebrating Women with WIN's Rome Hub


Centro Studi Americani  |  Rome  |  12 March 2019



On the occasion of the month of the International Women's Day and in collaboration with the American Embassy, we are pleased to invite you all to an exclusive morning meeting in celebration of WIN's Italian Hub. We have invited Elissa Bloom, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and Founder of Blooming Designs to come speak. 


Joining her, we will hear from Gabrielle Kluck, Ombudsman at the World Food Programme in Rome and Kristin Engvig, founder of WIN, who will host the morning together with the American Embassy in Rome. 


WIN works to get a critical mass of conscious women into decision making roles, to progress careers, to create companies with the highest values, to encourage and support more women in politics and in business, and to give space to artists and activists. We also know it is not only about women and work globally alongside men. We work to develop ourselves on the inside, contributing with our authenticity and with our hearts while integrating feminine values and supporting each other in making dreams come true. 





8:45        Arrival

9:00        Meeting, Coffee & Cornetti

10:30      End of Meeting



Elissa Bloom, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator & Founder of Blooming Designs

Elissa Bloom is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's Center City. She has been with the organization since 2011 and with the board launched the successful initiative which is now used as an international model for fashion incubation. In 2016 she was honored with the Trailblazer Award by Philly Fashion Week. With over 20 years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Elissa brings a unique and fresh understanding to the world of fashion and business. She has worked corporately for Bloomingdales and Anthropologie and has taught fashion entrepreneurship courses at Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design, and Jefferson University. She launched a successful accessories brand, Elissa Bloom New York, which she oversaw for ten years. Elissa is a highly sought after international speaker on fashion incubation and the business of fashion and also the Philadelphia Ambassador of Women's Entrepreneurship Day. 

Gabrielle Kluck, Director of the Ombudsman & Mediation Services, UN World Food Programme 

As the Director of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services for the World Food Programme, Gabrielle provides informal dispute resolution services to over 17,000 WFP employees, and consequently travels to the 85 WFP operations worldwide. After completing a MScBA Gabrielle started out in the private sector where she performed roles in Organisational and Cultural Change. Several years later she transited to the United Nations to add to its global human impact, and she never looked back: WFP is her fifth UN employer. She is passionate about the Ombudsman role because it allows her to help individuals, the organization, and its leadership to create a more harmonious and therefore a more productive and successful workplace. In the case of WFP that means contributing to the SDG 2 (Sustainable Development Goal): Ending Hunger.  Since Gabrielle left the Netherlands almost 25 years ago, she worked in diverse places such as Syria, the Sudan, and Uganda, whereas now the eternal city Rome is her home.

Kristin Engvig, Founder & CEO, WIN

A pioneer and thought leader in the field of creativity, feminine and authentic leadership. She embraces global responsibility through innovative leadership events and personal speaking engagements to inspire women worldwide to become agents of possibility. She was named among Diversity Global Magazine’s Top 10 Influential Women in Global Diversity. She has dedicated the past 22 years to women’s leadership and organizational change in order to inspire others to create a world where business flourishes and societies thrive. She created WIN in 97’ to bring alive a vision of a more feminine, global and sustainable way at work, in communities and life’. 16000 individuals and hundreds of companies have attended WIN’s live meetings, expanding worldwide. In her early career she worked for big companies such as JP Morgan, Citibank and Innovation Norway, EU and an as international strategy and marketing Consultant. A business economist (BI, Oslo) with an MBA (Milan’s Bocconi).



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