New Early Bird deadline registration for the Young BPW International Congress

EARLY BIRD special offer to register for the VI Young BPW International Congress has been extended until June 20th to save on the regular registration cost! Thank you to all who have already registered!VI Young BPW International Congress scheduled Speakers are:

Freda Miriklis, President of BPW International

Rosmarie L. Michel, Past President of BPW International (1983-1985)

Dr. Yasmin Darwich, BPW Executive Secretary

Annette K. Nimzik, Partner of Jetter Management, St. Gallen, Switzerland presenting “How do I get what I am worth? – Tips and techniques for salary negotiation”

Miette Dechelle, Public Affairs Manager of European Aggregates Association (UEPG), Brussels, Belgium presenting “Lobbying

Johanna Marius, Proprietor of Johanna Marius Languages + Intercultural Training, Munich, Germany presenting “Intercultural Awareness

During the Congress all workshops will focus on Leadership and Professional Development. Of course, there will be plenty an opportunity to learn from each other and network as well. To register please visit our website www.bpw-international.org. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

Launch of the Young BPW Zambia Mentorship Programme

Young BPW Zambia launched its Mentorship Programme with support of the SBM and Ej’s change agency on the 12th May of 2012. The function was held at the Mint Leaf Lodge with pink and white as the dress code. The Mentors were dressed in white as they were honoring their mothers in the month of May and the proteges (mentees) were dressed in pink to support the cancer awareness  that the Young BPW Zambia is embarking on.
Mentorship Programme was clearly defined and explained by Blessed Mulenga Silavwe (BPW member and change agent). She will be in charge of matching mentors to mentees and spearheading the Mentorship Programme. She also explained the entire mentoring process and how it would work over the period of a year.
The President of BPW Zambia, Sylvia Mwansa took us through the International collect, explaining in details how we need to apply all the principles in the prayer in our lives as a foundation for this life long journey of Mentorship that we are embarking on.
During our dialogue session, Penelope Mapoma and Josephine Mapoma, both BPW members shared with us their life stories and invited questions from the young ladies on goal setting and vision.
At the end of the function, Young BPW members were given forms to fill in with their details which included areas of interest and areas to be mentored in. The launch of the Young BPW Zambia Mentorship Programme was officially a success 🙂

WTO Youth Ambassador Programme

The WTO launched the “WTO Youth Ambassador Programme” during the closing session of the 2011 Public Forum. The idea of a WTO Youth Ambassador Programme was suggested in a video submitted by two young Australians within the framework of the 2011 Public Forum Video Contest.

Their idea was based on the fact that “at present, young people have very little say at international organizations such as the WTO. These young people are tomorrow’s world leaders. And now more than ever, they need to sit at the table of global discussions. We should be using the young people of today to address the global challenges of tomorrow”.

Objectives of the WTO Youth Ambassador Programme

The WTO Youth Ambassador Programme aims to raise awareness of international economic governance issues among young people, encourage their engagement in public policy discussions, and bring new perspectives to the debates. Its starting point is a contest. To participate, contestants must provide their response to a trade-related question. Submissions can be made in the form either of a video or an essay.

To learn more about the contest please visit the World Trade Organization website.

Young BPW International Congress – Early Bird registration

EARLY BIRD special offer to register for the VI Young BPW International Congress is rapidly approaching, please remember you have until May 31 to save on the regular registration cost! Your registration includes access to all sessions and activities related to the Congress as well as food.

VI Young BPW International Congress scheduled Speakers are:

Freda Miriklis, President of BPW International

Rosmarie L. Michel, Past President of BPW International (1983-1985)

Huguette Aurore Sena Dossa, BPW First Vice President (UN)

Dr. Yasmin Darwich, BPW Executive Secretary

Annette K. Nimzik, Partner of Jetter Management, St. Gallen, Switzerland presenting “How do I get what I am worth? – Tips and techniques for salary negotiation”

Miette Dechelle, Public Affairs Manager of European Aggregates Association (UEPG), Brussels, Belgium presenting “Lobbying

Johanna Marius, Proprietor of Johanna Marius Languages + Intercultural Training, Munich, Germany presenting “Intercultural Awareness

During the Congress all workshops will focus on Leadership and Professional Development. Of course, there will be plenty an opportunity to learn from each other and network as well. To register please visit our website www.bpw-international.org. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

VI Young BPW International Congress

My experience as Youth Representative at the UN


Jennifer Lishansky

The United Nations is no doubt a complex bureaucracy. I’ve worked and lived close by to the International Headquarters in Manhattan for almost 5 years. It has seemed mysterious and somehow inaccessible to me for that whole time. When in early February, a member of Enterprising and Professional Women of New York (EPW NY for short) asked me if I would become the Youth Representative for the organization to the UN, I thought that it would be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the functioning systems of the international body as well as to advocate for a cause that is close to my heart.

On my first day as the Youth Representative, I picked up my light blue security clearance badge and headed for a training for other Youth Representatives. The training was hosted and sponsored by Pax Romana, an organization with a lively young leadership group. It was both inspiring to learn about the potential impact that Youth Representatives can have, and reassuring to learn how many other young people were new to their posts. There is a new trend among NGOs and countries to introduce Youth Representatives at the UN, and I can’t help but feel that this is a recognition of the growing voice and influence that young people are building across the globe.

NGO Youth Representatives are able to attend events and sessions that are open to NGO representatives, and depending on the status of their organization, even write “interventions” or research and opinion articles. Learning to navigate through the thousands of events that affiliate groups throw, the database of UN Resolutions, and the halls of the UN is no easy feat. My mentor and fellow BPW UN Representative, Eva Richter, shared with me that she has been working with the UN for ten years, and feels like she is beginning to skim the surface now.

Highlights of my short experience so far include the introduction to the Commission on the Status of Women for NGOs, an ECOSOC memorial ceremony for the heroes of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and learning everything I possibly can about the impact of the UN’s work on women through multitudes of daily update emails.

I look forward to continuing to represent and share the mission and work of BPW with members of the Conference of NGOs at the UN as well as international delegates. It’s an honor to represent young BPWs and I hope to keep everyone updated with major events and news from here in New York.

Written by  Jennifer Lishansky, Young BPW UN Representative and Young BPW Manhattan member