2018 Global WINConference

Welcome to the Global WINConference


Rome - 26.27.28 (29) September 2018

The WINConference inspires, provides context, tools, knowledge and a generous network of support for women to contribute authentically, integrating their feminine values and global awareness into all that they do. With an outstanding roster of brilliant speakers, WIN inspires companies to become inclusive, conscious and global. WIN inspires women to step up to the next level in the world, in their careers and in their lives.

At WIN, there is tremendous knowledge, skills and experience and when we collectively put our hearts and authentic leadership into motion, we can move mountains. 

By joining WIN, you will be pulled by inspiration to realise a greater purpose. 

A Unique Experience

“WIN has awakened again the passion for life in me as if I have been given water after days

of long walk in a desert alone. I am a much stronger and better professional, friend and woman.

I have started a new project, and to mentor and coach other females too, with the objective

of helping them seize their strength and happiness.”

Yunji XU PhD, Senior Account Manager, Shell International LNG Supply

The WINConference is not only about connecting you to a magic energy and sense that everything is possible. It is about business, how to run the world and companies in a more integrated fashion, where women’s voices are heard and our common future is taken seriously. It is about realizing our individual and collective dreams.

WIN is a safe space where transformation becomes possible. In fact for many it changes their lives. It may spark something in you that allows you to embark on a new journey or continue the one you are on with increased clarity and vitality. You learn to contribute new ideas with increased impact, take on deeper responsibility from new perspectives and find refreshed purpose to make things happen. WIN is concrete, it raises awareness and becomes much like a nourishing garden accelerating growth.

WINConference participants say they come back with:

  • Increased motivation and clarity 
  • A sense that everything is possible 
  • Confidence to make bolder and better decisions 
  • Skills to mentor other colleagues or their teams 
  • Inspiration to start new projects 
  • Confidence that it is possible to integrate feminine values 
  • A network to provide support, motivation and courage 
  • An influential network to do business with 
  • Readiness to take on new responsibility 
  • Courage to make bolder decisions 
  • The willingness to become role models 
  • Feeling engaged, inspired and complete 
  • Grace 
  • The imagination to take action within their companies, their communities and for themselves

Conference Features

6 Transformative Plenaries – Be inspired by world-class speakers addressing the World, Work and You. 

42 Growth Workshops – Share, grow and discover in an interactive and stimulating forum sessions.

Leading Edge Working Forums – Discuss issues related to media, innovation, technology, women on boards, future of work, women and spirituality, young leader forum, experienced leader forum and the landmark WIN Story forum.

Innovative D&I Forum  Expert sessions propelling organizations, their talent, and diversity & inclusion programmes to a new level.

Entrepreneurship Forum   Explorative forum on growing our businesses authentically and organically in a feminine way.

Coaching Labs – Benefit from professional coaching opportunities and personalized sessions. 

Body-Mind Awakening Session – The perfect way to start the day with 40 minutes of gentle movement and meditation 

Calm Oasis – Specially designed places to take time out to rest, reflect, refocus and energize.

Lively Global Village – The marketplace and bookstore.

Networking Island  Seek advice and share information in the WIN networking area and mentoring corner

Conference Rituals – Movement and music to embody and provide a beat for your vision. 

Gala Dinner – Dress up, relax, enjoy and celebrate women around the world.

Who you will meet

"The WIN Conference is always a highlight of the year, and the 40+ Medtronic participants always come back

inspired and motivated. We truly see the WIN conference as an extension of our own networking

& learning programmes. The difference that the WIN Conference makes is truly remarkable!

For me personally the great thing about the annual Conference is the wide range of topics and speakers; 

there is always something that will touch and inspire you - if you just let it happen

Fiona Pattiselanno, Medtronic, Marketing Communications, Brand and Conventions Director EMEA

Trailblazing Executives, Entrepreneurs, Managers, Consultants, Artists, NGO leaders. The brilliant leaders who attend WINConference are resourceful, diverse, open-minded, experienced and global. 90 different nationalities were represented last year.  

35% of the participants are senior leaders, 37% middle managers and the rest were emerging talents, independent entrepreneurs, consultants or artists. 65% were corporate leaders, also including politicians, entrepreneurs, NGO leaders and artists. On average, 7% are men, 50% are senior leaders and 50% middle managers/others. The companies that sponsor and support WIN are world class companies, typically featuring in lists recognising the best places to work.

Without doubt, a powerful network of influence is awaiting you.

You Are The One

”It is so inspiring to meet so many women who are both ambitious in

their careers and energized by a love of life.”

Professor Michael Kimmel, Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University, New York

Perhaps you work for a large company with substantial leadership experience? Perhaps you just begun your own company and wonder how to proceed? Perhaps you are in transition and curious about your next steps? Perhaps you don’t even feel like a leader and still know you can contribute? Perhaps you want to be part of a larger shift in women’s freedom of choice going on at a global scale, wish to be in the centre of the discussion? Perhaps you simply feel like widening your horizon, learn something new and create a better network of interesting people. Perhaps you simply have a desire to be a part of it`? 

You will be in the right place

The Journey

If you are like so many of the people joining WIN you are pulled by inspiration and greater purpose. So, we listen to the world’s call for a future benefiting all, and ask each other, the leaders, to be a part of the solution. WINConference offers you a chance to integrate your feminine values, contribute authentically and grasp our global interconnectedness. It creates the safe environment for more mindful networking, learning, sharing, creating and co-creating and the space for your most powerful you to emerge.

Previous Speakers 


Kristin Engvig, Norwegian, Founder & President of WIN

Michel Landel, CEO Sodexo

Hugh Welsh, General Counsel & President DSM North America

Svein Tore Holsether, CEO Yara International

Marguerite  (Maggy) Barankitse, founder of Maison Shalom

Anita Pratap, Journalist and former India bureau chief for CNN 

Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO Innovation Norway

Gloria Burgess, President and CEO Jazz Inc 

Anna Grichting, Doctor of Design in Urbanism, Harvard University, Assistant Professor, Qatar University

Jessica Uhl, CFO, Royal Dutch Shell 

Lorella Zanardo, Women’s Rights Activist, Il Corpo delle Donne

Bisong Guo, Founder & CEO, Shen Foundation

Janelle Sasaki, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion Services, Ernst & Young Advisory Japan

Paul Polman, Dutch, Chief Executive, Unilever

Umran Beba, Turkish, Senior VP, Chief Human Resources Officer, AMEA, PepsiCo 

William H. Saito, Japanese, Special Advisor, Cabinet Office of Japan

Irene Dorner, British, President and CEO of HSBC Bank USA

Cherie Blair Booth, British, Human Rights Advocate 

Laura Boldrini, Italian, President of the Chambers of Deputies, Italy

Marlene Malahoo Forte, Jamaican, Minister of State, Jamaica

Virginia Raggi, Italian, Mayor of Rome

Shazia Ilmi, Indian, Human Rights Activist and Spokesperson, BJP

And many more...


Last Call - from 16 September an administrative fee of €200 will be added to all registrations for all ticket categories.

Super Offer - max 10 per company. In order to be eligible for this discount, the ticket must be paid and registered by the end of promotion period.

Above WINConference fees include

  • Curated world-class plenary speakers
  • Interactive workshops and working forums
  • Facilitated networking with purpose and pleasure
  • One WIN Award ceremony dinner
  • Two poolside cocktails
  • One celebration Gala Dinner in Italian villa
  • Pre-event learning material
  • Unique process and design
  • Event learning material
  • WINConference Book and Discovery Journal
  • The unique WIN context that will make you fly
  • WIN healthy lunches with no speaker, just time for you to eat and create new connections
  • Abundant coffee breaks with refreshments
  • Relaxing poolside area


Travel & Accommodation

Each participant is responsible for her/his accommodation in Rome; we recommend Ergife Palace Hotel, the official venue of 2018 Global WINConference. Ergife Palace Hotel and WIN have an agreement to offer special room rates during the conference. Please note the number of rooms is limited so please hurry and book your room before 30 June 2018.

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For queries, please email

Become a sponsor

WIN considers organizations that share our vision and mission, who are able to actively contribute to the empowerment of women, who support the development of women’s careers and addressing inclusion and diversity issues in the workplace. For sponsorship opportunities contact : sponsor[at]

Become a speaker

Each year we receive hundreds of proposals from outstanding presenters from all over the world. We have seen that there is an incredible hunger for women to share their stories, their work, their dreams, passions and thoughts, as we create both a collective and personal vision for a brighter future. Contact Dominique : speaker[at]

Become a partner

WIN brings together many of the world's most incredible women’s associations, NGOs, networking groups, business schools and organisations, with the opportunity for members to meet face to face at the global WINConference. Contact : partnerships[at]

For media accreditation please write to pr[at] ; or call +41 21 612 03 54 


We thank the following companies for contributing 

to WIN and its work in the world