New Website Launch

The Young BPW International is excited to announce the launch of our newly designed Web site, which goes live today, Sunday 8th of September 2013 and is located at the following address:

The Young BPW International is a part of BPW International and every young woman up to the age of 35 years is automatically a Young BPW as she joins a local BPW club. BPW International is one of the largest international networks world-wide and has one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in almost 100 countries on 5 continents.

After several months of hard work, strategic planning and closely considering the future of the organization, the Young BPW International is now very happy to present the final output. The new website is aimed at bringing BPW resources to our members as well as allowing our supporters to engage with our work. The network enables members, friends and supporters access to the latest updates, connection to BPW International and the ability to follow the work of the Young BPW International.

Young BPW International hopes you like our new website and find it user friendly. Please let us know what you think; we welcome all suggestions and if you experience any usage problems contact us at


Young BPW Europe Symposium

On 18 to 20 October 2013 in Lille, France, the Young BPW Europe Symposium, will focus on ‘Act on your future, in a professional and business world’.

Draft Programme to give an overview:

What BPW can bring to Young BPW members

                                                 and what Young BPW members can bring to BPW in Europe!

18 October 2013 


          Sharing good practices on Young BPW initiatives in Europe

          Roundtables: 1- Working Together on a Young BPW Europe Road Map – 2- Professional Tips to succeed in your career – 3- Challenge and Concrete solutions when facing Sexist Violence at Work: Solutions

          Common Conclusions with BPW France Congress

          Gala Dinner

19 October 2013

          workshops BPW – Thinking together on Young BPW – Networking – Sponsoring – Succeed in your career

          Girls night out

20 October 2013

          special breakfast talks

          visit of Lille

To discover Lille: Video of Lille made by the Tourism Office at Easy to come only 30 min. from Brussels, 1h00 from Paris and 1h30 from London!

More information and Registration to come…

Power to Make a Difference Awards are open!

The International Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW International) announce that applications are now open for their Power to Make a Difference Awards.

The Power to Make a Difference Awards were introduced by Past International President Chonchanok Viravan and are designed to celebrate those members who have worked hard to make a difference for women; locally, nationally and internationally.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the Power to Make a Difference awards, which have been updated to reflect the current work of our members,” says Ms Freda Miriklis, BPW International President.

“I encourage each and every one of you to consider entering and I look forward to congratulating you at our Congress on the beautiful island of Jeju, Korea.

“Each and every one of us is empowered to make a difference at all levels; at the top, and in the communities in which we serve and live.

“I look forward to celebrating and sharing your achievements.”

Read more…

BPW International Mentoring Taskforce Update

BPW International develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through our advocacy, mentoring, networking, and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.

BPW mentoring flyer

Please visit our website for more information:

Back from Puerto Rico by Young BPW Caribbean Sub-Regional Representative

By Rashida Beckles, BSc. MSc.

Photo by ©Anastasia Victoria Safarian

Photo by ©Anastasia Victoria Safarian

Having been recently selected to serve as Regional Young BPW Representative for the Caribbean Sub- Region, the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico was timely and of extreme benefit at numerous levels.

Meeting with fellow talented Young BPWs and the exchange and sharing of experiences, ideas, goals and projects helped to solidify commonalities and surface differences in approaches, customs and cultures. The energy and enthusiasm which evolved as the days passed generated comfort and further optimism.

It was wonderful to meet with the Young BPW International Representative, Anastasia Victoria Safarian and BPW International President, Freda Miriklis as together they showed that the future of the organization was bright and reinforced the importance of not only the inter-regional links but the inter-generational connection to the continuity of the body.

The sessions were useful in helping to understand the organization more, as well as its history, successes, new direction and initiatives. Additionally, representatives present took time to offer advice and warmly welcome the Barbadian contingent.

The exchange of personal and business information assisted in building contacts across the region and awareness of what was being done which could assist better with communication and feed into the plans of the BPW International.

It was a different level of sisterhood and a genuine interaction of new friendships formed and projects to be organized.

Alicia Curtis, Inaugural Winner of the Isolde Fritsch-Albert Prize

Alicia CurtisAlicia Curtis, BPW Australia

Inaugural Winner of the Young BPW International Prize for Excellent Professional Performance known as the Isolde Fritsch-Albert Prize.

Alicia Curtis has been a BPW member for 8.5 years. She has served in many roles including State Development Officer and National Young BPW Director. She authored the BPW Keys to Achievement program, which has now been implemented in other countries too.

What is the Isolde Fritsch-Albert Prize?

It’s a new award established by Isolde Fritsch-Albert and club members from BPW Ticino, Switzerland, in a commitment to support Young BPW worldwide.  The Prize offers an annual 5000 Euro Prize recognising a Young BPW member for excellent professional performance. While attending a European BPW meeting, Isolde Fritsch-Albert observed there were so many impressive young women and limited opportunities for them to be recognised and rewarded with a cash prize to assist them in the early stages of their career.  Isolde hopes the 5000 Euro cash prize will help a Young BPW member in their career development. 

Do you want any plans yet for the cash prize?

I would really like to put the money towards licensing my Young Women’s Leadership Program. It’s become a very successful program and I would like to expand the program to other organizations and hopefully run it through a team of facilitators in other States across Australia and maybe the world!

Any other comments?

I just want to say thanks to BPW Australia and all the members for all their support, I have gained so many amazing opportunities through BPW to attend and speak at international and national conferences, access mentors and contribute to important women’s issues. I’ve received about 30 congratulatory messages after the announcement of this award from members from every state in Australia!  I very much appreciate all your support.

HelenMortonLetterAlicia’s Biography

For the past 11 years, Alicia Curtis has managed her own leadership training consultancy. Described as a dynamic presenter, Alicia has inspired thousands of young people to develop their leadership skills and give back to their community.  She has led the development of many successful conferences and programs including the Young Women’s Leadership Program and currently the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care Boards program.  

Her personal leadership journey started very early on attending the first International Children’s Conference on the Environment hosted by the United Nations at 12 years old. She went on to co­‐found her own Children’s Conference called Kids Helping Kids with three friends. This is an organisation that still exists today as Millennium Kids.Alicia has continued her volunteering since she was a teenager and given back to many organizations such as BPW Australia, National Speakers Association and Millennium Kids.

She is the founder of Emergen (, a leading online community of young emerging leaders. Alicia also writes an inspirational blog called Revolutionary Lives (, inspiring others to live their best life and contribute to positive change in their community.