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  • 5 December 2018

    “Ladies, you can achieve anything you want with ambition, determination and confidence,” said Senator of the Republic of Poland Anna Maria Anders during a gala event at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York. The event was organized to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in Poland. The gathering was opened by the Polish Consul General in New York, Maciej Golubiewski. The host of the ceremony was Rita Cosby, a special correspondent for CBS.

    Polish & American Women Entrepreneurs (WE), in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, and in partnership with KGHM Miedź Polska, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, LOT Polish Airlines, Mastercard, Polish Investment and Trade Agency, and the Williamsburg Hotel, hosted the three-day event (November 28-30, 2018), under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology and the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. This "Women Entrepreneurs Power Trip" event in New York brought together the best leaders and entrepreneurs from Poland and the United States.

    A gala kicked off the series of events on the evening of November 28, held at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, and was dedicated to the centennial of Polish women’s suffrage, as Polish women were among the first women to receive the right to vote. It was also an opportunity to celebrate Polish women and their achievements over the years, such as Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Tamara Łempicka, Stephanie Kwalek and Helena Rubinstein. During the gala, special guests were honored, especially those who have championed women's rights in the workplace and in society, including the Senator of the Republic of Poland, Mrs. Anna Maria Anders. The Polish-American Woman of the Year 2018 award was given to Rita Cosby, for lifetime achievement and commitment to building strong Polish-American relations.

    “When passion meets purpose, we’re unstoppable,” stated Claudia Romo Edelman, a keynote speaker at the gala. The gala was also an opportunity for Polish women to establish contacts with representatives of the American business market. Thanks to speeches and panel discussions, attendees were able to interact with and establish connections with other entrepreneurs, leaders and potential investors. “The sky’s the limit,” remarked Lidia Sarafati, CEO of Sarkli-Repêchage.

    In the following days, female entrepreneurs visited several startup and tech companies in Brooklyn, participated in a panel discussion at the Mastercard NYC Tech Hub, and took part in many networking events, such as the US-EU Women's Business Breakfast Mixer, which featured leaders of local women's businesses.

    Attendees of the “Women Entrepreneurs Power Trip" included several Polish women who successfully run global companies, including Monika Zochowska, co-founder and CEO of GLOV; Anna Ogar, CEO of Insignes Labs; Eliza Kruczkowska, CIO of the Polish Development Fund; and Olga Malinkiewicz, CEO of SAULE Technologies. These female entrepreneurs had the opportunity to share their experiences and the challenges they’ve faced, as well as establish relationships with female American entrepreneurs.

    Polish and American Women Entrepreneurs (WE) is a non-profit organization based in New York, which actively supports the professional development of women and businesses in the United States and Poland. Its platform enables support and access to resources, mentoring at the local level and expanding business on a global scale. Polish and American WE is actively involved in the development of economic, commercial and financial relations between the United States and Poland. As confirmation of its mission and in recognition of its current endeavors, Polish & American WE received a proclamation from the New York City Council during the gala on November 28, 2018.

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