The Woman Leadership Conference 2017 – Education, the power to change the world!

As most of you probably know, I had the pleasure to be a panelist at The Woman Leadership Conference in Cluj Napoca on the 14th and 15th of March. The theme of this year’s conference was: Education, the power to change the world. Education is an extremely important subject, not only for women, but for our society as a whole. I was so pleasantly impressed to see so many women attending the conference and showing such an active interest towards their education, their opportunities and their future. The atmosphere throughout those two days was empowering, motivational and joyous – reason for which the organizing team should be congratulated.

My team and I arrived at Grand Hotel Italia in Cluj on Tuesday morning and checked in one of their lavish deluxe rooms , and ever since the conference started and for the next 48 hours I was constantly sharing information, learning, teaching, making new friends and of course attending workshops. Mirela Bucovicean and Camelia Șucu reminded us of what it means to be a true entrepreneur, strucking a chord with me and with every other entrepreneur in the room. Maria Gheorghiu, Gabriela Szabo, Măriuca Talpeș highlighted the importance and power education has in our society and our economy. Inspired us to do more, do better for the Romanian schools, teachers and students, for the Romanian way of living and for our economy. Ella Bjorns – Global Keynote Speaker highlighted how education is not preparation for life, it is life itself. Melissa Sterry, founder of Bionic City, talked about knowledge, how it intersects in all scientific areas and how being curios and open towards a constant gain of knowledge would benefit us tremendously. Eleanor Tabi Haller – Jorden, President and CEO of the Paradigm Forum spoke from her vast experience about the influence of education in society, and how to value originality and leadership in the education.

I had a great panel about mentorship with other 4 successful and smart women: Ana-Maria Brânză, Mihaela Călușer, Sînziana Maioreanu and Daniela Palade Teodorescu. Mentorship is a very engaging topic and it was captivating to see how independent and professionally successful women take alternative stands on this matter. Lasting for almost an hour, the discussion course undertook the subjects of: what is mentorship and why is it so important in a person’s life, to what is means to have and/or to lose a mentor and how one would go about finding a mentor for themselves.

As someone who has had several mentors in the past, the subject of mentorship is very dear to me.  Whether your need a mentor for your business, your career, in a certain field or domain, do not hesitate to ask for help. Most mentors know how to recognize the desire to succeed, and they will value your determination before anything else. My mentorship experiences were very fruitful for both my personal and professional development and I recommend having a mentor at least once in your life. I have had the privilege of being mentored by successful individuals in their field, and to learn from the best. And when their best did not suit my goals, I had the luck of being guided towards another option that would benefit my future. Hopefully, I have managed to transmit all of that during the panel, or I have at least managed to get the audience to ask themselves: Shouldn’t I have a mentor?

The days ended with an Awards Gala and for some of us with a glorious low key dinner at Casa Boema with some of the speakers and event partners, providing us with a chance to better know each other and chat about global ideas.

I hope to see many of you again at The Woman Leadership Conference next year, and I am looking forward to find further ways to improve education, leadership and empower each other.

On May 18, 2017

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