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Inspiring Female Leaders

On the 11th of February an eclectic audience gathered for Women First event organised by Leaders First in Mayfair, London. At the historical members club with a colourful past inspiring panel of successful women spoke about career journeys and bright future of female leadership.

Inspiring Female Leaders by Leaders First

Following an afternoon tea reception Leaders First members and their guests were presented with a unique global overview on female leadership, prepared specially for this event by Gabriella Cacciotti. Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship of Warwick Business school presented most recent data on the level of female entrepreneurial and leadership activity around the world and addressed the importance of this data for forming the future of female entrepreneurship. 

Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship of Warwick Business School

Gabriella showed the impact of women entrepreneurs across the globe and highlighted their contributions to the growth and well-being of their societies. The data showed also a high level of innovation by female entrepreneurs and looked at activities by regions and by industries. Discussing leadership opportunities around the world Gabriella concluded further that there has been good progress in closing the gender gap. However, she called for inclusion of family and work-life balance in the design and development of entrepreneurship ecosystem and more integration of women in AI talent pools.

Angela Antetomaso - TV Anchor and Host, Public Speaker and Moderator

The event continued with the first panel of speakers, female executives, who were introduced by a remarkable TV presenter Angela Antetomaso. First to share her career story was Joanne Czekalowska, EMEA Acquisitions Integration Director at IBM, who is also currently a mentor for other women and helping them on their way up. She shared some valuable advice on professional growth, as well as her personal examples of working with a boss who supported her journey. 

Joanne Czekalowska - EMEA Acquisitions Integration Director, IBM

Barbara Kroll, Executive Search Consultant at Egon Zehnder introduced her way of achieving successful and balanced life by being brave, making her own decisions and clarifying her own priorities.

Barbara Kroll - Executive Search Consultant, Egon Zehnder

All the way from Switzerland, the next inspiring story was from Liana Logiurato - Partner - Head of Chemicals EMEIA, Transaction Advisory Services at EY - and her transformational experience working in Japan and in male dominated environment. She spoke about how her moto “to be truth to yourself and create your own luck” helped her to get where she is now.

Liana Logiurato - Partner - Head of Chemicals EMEIA, Transaction Advisory Services at EY

The entrepreneurs panel was presented by a talented communications expert Natia Abramia, a BBC Change & Improvement Media Manager.

Natia Abramia - BBC Change & Improvement Media Manager

Her guest was Claire Mason, a born entrepreneur and innovator, Founder and CEO at Man Bites Dog. Within minutes Clare’s exciting story became full of practical advice and live interactions with the audience, who were keen to hear more from the expert on how one can move from a corporate position to building their own successful business.

Claire Mason - Founder and CEO, Man Bites Dog

The evening was full of great stories from inspiring women and great ideas, including innovative Red Dot Design winner in the room – CEDEA luxury mineral water, which kept our speakers and guests hydrated. Their outstanding water was brought to this special event from the heart of Dolomites.

Cedea Luxury Mineral Water

We would like to humbly thank all our inspiring speakers as well as members and ambassadors of Leaders First who contributed to the success of this initiative to inspire and empower female leaders around the world.


A special thank you to Giovanni Amodeo for introducing our speakers, presenting Leaders First mission and future events.

A note to put in your diary is the 16th of March “The Art of Storytelling” masterclass. For more details please follow this link.



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