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Men as Allies in Achieving Gender Balance in the Workplace

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On 5 November 2015, over 70 businesswomen met in Warsaw for an afternoon seminar and networking reception entitled Men as Allies in Achieving Gender Balance in the Workplace.

The event  organised by the K&L Gates Warsaw team in cooperation with the BPCC and Wolters Kluwer publishing house.

Halina Więckowska, partner in K&L Gates’ Warsaw office, responsible for K&L Gates' Women in the Profession in Poland and Ewa Świętochowska, membership development manager of BPCC welcomed guests, emphasising their organisations’ commitment to celebrating women’s entrepreneurship. They introduced a panel of experts for a discussion on men’s role in supporting women's careers and business success.

The debate was open by an inspirational speech, delivered via videoconference by Bryan Olson, chief human resources officer from the K&L Gates Pittsburg office. In his presentation, Mr Olson focused on the challenges relating to gender parity in today's workplace and shared his experience in dealing with leading diverse teams.

Following the  presentation packed with facts and figures, a discussion panel on the role of men in supporting women's career took place, moderated by Dominika Kozakiewicz, managing director of Marsh & McLennan. High profile panelists including: Włodzimierz Albin, the CEO of Wolters Kluwer and president of the Polish Chamber of Books; Marcin Góral, chief compliance officer at PZU SA; and Magdalena Kicińska, communication, public affairs & sustainable development expert, shared openly their views on the key factors which determine a woman’s career, and how men can support their development.

The panel was followed by a cocktail reception and wine tasting courtesy of a new BPCC Member, Wineonline sp. z o. o. As always, the event was an excellent fact-finding opportunity as well as a chance to make new business contacts and reinforce existing ones. K&L Gates' office was packed with business women representing key market players in real estate, banking, IT, pharma, media, FMCG and the energy sector. The networking, which lasted over four hours, concluded with a business cards draw for prizes.

Last but not least participants of the meeting are invited to visit  one of the eight Winestory shops – a retail network owned by Wineonline sp. z o.o., wine & cider importer, which offers BPCC members a special discount for Christmas gift sets. To take advantage of this 15% discount, please contact Maciej Skowronek, B2B manager, on +48 881 004 175, or e-mail: maciej.skowronek@wineonline.pl   Visit a chosen Winestory shop (click here to fine one near you) – mention Sojusz Męsko-Damski BPCC and claim 10% discount on wine;  5% discount on spirits and Winestory Loyalty Card.  The offer is valid until 31 December.

Photos were taken by Dariusz Iwański and flower arrangements were provided by Sekunda&Sieradzan – Floral Design.

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