From Feminizing of the Migrations, Integration in the Diversity to Mentoring Program updates from Buenos Aires

Young BPW Buenos Aires members lunch Feminizing of the Migrations, Integration in the Diversity project to promote the insertion and adjustment of young women in Buenos Aires Argentine and raise awareness about the cocoa production in the world. The support for this project was provided by ACNUR, FCCAM, YMCA and Alba Contrera School of Chocolate. You can read further about the project here: FEMINIZING OF MIGRATION

To increase women participation in management or leadership positions in Argentina through combination of mentorship and leadership skills development, Young BPW Buenos Aires members started BPW Buenos Aires Mentoring Program. This groundbreaking, 6 month program connects female role models in business and helps women develop their leadership potential and build specific skill sets necessary to thrive as leaders in our businesses and local communities. You can read further about the program here: BPW BUENOS AIRES MENTORING PROGRAM.


Note from BPW Ireland

BPW Ireland is holding a National BPW Conference on the 22nd of September, 2011.  The conference will be held at the Meyrick Hotel, Galway, Ireland and will explore ‘The Family in Ireland 2011; Challenge or Opportunity’. The Conference will be officially opened and MC’d by Mrs. Fionnuala Kenny.

Speakers include:

• Professor Pat Dolan of the Child & Family Research Centre at NUIG, who will provide insight into the sociological issues impacting the Irish Family at this time.

• Mr Geoffrey Shannon, Chairman of The Adoption Authority, sharing his extensive knowledge of Family Law and, in particular, the Law as it relates to Children.

• Mr Bernard Sheridan, Director for Consumer Protection at the Central Bank of Ireland addressing the topical subject of financial distress with the Irish Family.

• Mr Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ireland – speaking on human rights issues impacting the Irish Family unit.

• Mr Robin Webster, Chief Executive of Age Action, exploring the particular issues facing the older generation in Ireland today.

• Ms Jennifer O’Connell, Journalist, highlighting the changing roles within the family unit and the impact within the Irish Family and Irish Society.

Bookings can be made by logging into and downloading the booking form. Or email your booking enquiry to

Power to Make a Difference Awards 2008-2011

BPW Power to Make a Difference through Leadership Awards

Congratulations to Alicia Curtis, Young BPW Perth, Australia on winning the BPW Power to Make a Difference – Excellent Young Leader Award. The award aims to give honor and recognition to BPW work that make a difference through leadership, action and advocacy. Alicia Curtis has been a BPW member since 2005, served as the Young BPW Representative on the BPW Australia National Board from 2007 to 2010 and professionally has started her own leadership consultancy.

I feel very honoured to be recognised as the BPW International Power to Make a Difference, Excellent Young Leader. Thank you to all the women who have been part of my BPW journey so far. Your support has been overwhelming! I look forward to many more years in BPW.” ~Alicia Curtis, Young BPW Australia

Young EPW-NY shares updates

From Helsinki to New York, Young EPW- NY Representative sends updates on the past, current and upcoming New York activities:

Young EPW-NY projects:

  • Young EPW-NY Monica Aparicio and Kathryn Ciccolini RN, BSN working closely on 2 projects regarding women’s health/nutrition awareness
  • New EPW-Syracuse University (EPW-SU) chapter institution
    • Once established, Young EPW-NY member Jalisa Wright will be president
    • Planned to be running by January 2012.
  • Kathryn Ciccolini RN, BSN developed a Young EPW-NY Spotlight Interview YouTube series: Young EPW-NY Spotlight Interview – Jalisa Wright
  • Kathryn Ciccolini RN, BSN presented at her work about her international congress experience in Helsinki, Finland: Relationship Based Care Corner – Staff Meeting Presentation on Taking care of Self and Professional Development: Outside of the Workplace
  • Young EPW-NY is planning a “Meet the New York Young EPW’s” night out in early October with all members.

Please contact me for questions about involvement within the New York Chapter.

Thank you,

Kathryn Ciccolini RN, BSN
Young EPW-NY Representative (2011-2013)

Tuulikki Juusela shares BPW story

The theme of the Congress in New Zealand in 1985 (when I was elected as International President) was “Youth Today – Leaders Tomorrow” in recognition of the United Nations International Youth Year (IYY) 1985. To implement this theme during Congress, all affiliates had been encouraged to bring a young member to Congress as part of their delegation. The International Federation had established a Young BPW Fund ’85 which was used to assist twelve Young Career Women from ten different countries to attend Congress. Young Career Woman, Amanda Vosper (New Zealand), led a panel discussion on the subject of “Youth Today – Leaders Tomorrow” at Congress. A recommendation to Congress in 1985 titled “Youth Today – Leaders Tomorrow” asked that the Young BPW Fund be continued to ensure the attendance of Young Career Women at future Congresses. This recommendation was enthusiastically endorsed. President Michel stated that the idea of inviting Young Career Women to Congress “had proved to be far more successful than anybody could ever have imagined.”
Frances Hallett, a Young Career Women from BPW UK, wrote these words after attending Congress in 1985:
“I was very proud to belong to an organization whose aims can surmount all national barriers. I had not realized how many projects IFBPW was involved in, not just in using its voice to influence legislation but also in giving practical help in the field. I had not realized how dedicated IFBPW was to improving conditions for women both in the workplace and in their general living conditions”
1987 congress: Members contributed to an IFBPW fund called the Young BPW Fund ’87 during the triennium. Grants from the Fund were given to fifteen of the twenty-six Young Career Women attending Congress in 1987. In addition, affiliates sponsored their own Young Career Women. With Martha Gallant (USA) as their leader, the Young Career Women participated as panelists at Congress and discussed the topic, “The Future of Our Federation.” The five major subtopics were: image of IFBPW, programs, projects, membership, and the Young Career Women Programme.
1989: Continuing the very successful idea first launched at Congress 1985 of sponsoring the attendance of young career women at Congress, the Young BPW Fund ’89 supported the attendance of twenty young career women, aged thirty years or less. In addition, affiliates sponsored their own young career women raising the number participating to forty-five, double the number that attended Congress in 1987. The newly formed Young Career Women (YCW) Task Force was chaired by Maxine Hays (USA) and had concentrated on developing a YCW international program and expanding the YCW program at the 1989 Congress. The Young Career Women and members of the Strategic Long-Range Planning Committee, chaired by Immediate Past International President, Rosmarie Michel, joined together at Congress to present a panel discussion on the topic of “IFBPW Diamond Jubilee: Meeting Our Challenges.”

Summary of notes from BPW Finland Magazine by Tuulikki Juusela, Past BPW International President.

BPW INTERNATIONAL E-NEWS August 17, 2011, Issue 14

From 3rd to 5th of September, 2011 the 64th Annual United Nations Conference of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will be held in Bonn, Germany. The theme of the conference is Sustainable Societies; Responsible Citizens. It will provide important network-building opportunities and a major civil society contribution to the Rio+20 Conference that is going to take place next year. The young BPW members, between the age of 18 and 24, who are interested to participate please contact Ann Swain.
Anastasia Victoria Safarian
Young BPW International Representative 

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