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Accelerating the Impact in Organizations

WIN is known for creating trends, and its pioneering efforts have become the industry reference, both for organizations involved in diversity and inclusion, as well as for leaders around the world wishing to create and pursue a more authentic, global and feminine approach. Since its inception, WIN has worked with close to 90 world-class companies, 30% of which have worked with WIN for more than 3 years in a row. Working hand-in-hand, WIN has provided inspiration, ideas, business connections and strategic advice to its corporate supporters, helping these organizations create inclusive and diverse workplaces.

WIN works with companies, UN organizations and other institutions to establish pragmatic strategies that accelerate the awareness, skills, knowledge and network needed to create future-fit, thriving, inclusive organizations. We have been a reference and resource for more than 100 of the world’s most successful companies, collaborating with them on high-level strategy making, internal diversity initiatives, and practical learning programmes both in person and online.



Annual Diversity & Inclusion Forum

Each year, WIN hosts the annual Diversity & Inclusion Forum, an extension of the many forums at our Global WIN Conference. The sessions range from attracting and retaining talent to creating a culture of collaboration and hearing from experts on the latest trends in business and society

Corporate Learning Series

Exchange best practices, learn new skills and make inspiring new connections.

WIN runs four half-day meetings each year to facilitate Corporate Learning and Networking. These meetings are part of our corporate partnership programme and explores new ways of working, living and being with conscious business, inclusion and gender equality and are open to all. Employee resource groups, women's networks and diversity groups often join as groups. 

Inclusion Advisory

WIN works with companies to create innovative in-house programmes, networks and interventions to help organisations achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. We leverage our twenty years of experience in transformational leadership to accelerate innovation and prepare your organization for a future that is more feminine, authentic and global.

The WIN Corporate Learning Series: Creating Thriving, Inclusive Organizations

Exploring new ways of working, living and being with the company of the future, conscious business, inclusion and gender equality.

Upcoming Corporate Learning Meetings

11 March         Women's Leadership & Careers in Times of Disruption hosted by Medtronic

20 May            Senior Leader Forum: Pioneering a Sustainable & Regenerative Future participation by invitation only

1 July              Women in Science & Technology hosted by Swisscom

26 August        Media, Communications & Gender hosted by DSM

14 October      Resilience & Inclusion


WIN Corporate Learning Meeting

Women's Leadership & Careers in Times of Disruption

11 March  | 12:00-14:15 CET 

During women’s week, we meet to look at women’s leadership and how we can expand our impact within our companies, communities and lives. We are living in a time of many challenges and also opportunities as the rules of the game are changing. What are some of the major disruptions and how do we deal with them? How do we network, deal with change and create sustainable careers in the time of Covid-19?



12:00    Opening & Introduction: Leading the Way
How would the world look with more women leading? Introduction followed by buzz group discussions.

  • Kristin Engvig, CEO & Founder, WIN

12:10    Trends, Innovations and Disruptions
What are the big changes and how do they impact our workplace? Let’s get up to speed! Examples of new technology, working from home, virtual events, telemedicine, burn out, finding resilience, disruption. 


  • Joop Smits, Director, People & Organisation, PwC Switzerland
  • Elena Plyasunova, Vice President, Medtronic Russia 

12:30    Learning Groups

Participants engage with the topics in groups of three.
12:40    Leading Your Career, Leading Others and Leading the Way
Panel discussion on networking change and navigating your career. Learn how they did it to accelerate progress. 


  • Nora Schoenthal, VP Global Talent, DSM
  • Florencia Davel, General Manager Latin America, Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Fiona Pattiselanno, Corporate Brand Director, Medtronic EMEA

13:20    Navigating Your Career, Resilience, Succeeding in Change
What are the skills asked for, the attitudes required and the purpose expressed, and what works for you? Working group discussions. 


  • Ramune Lekamaviciute, Global Head of HR Quality & Compliance, Sanofi
  • Nicola Dunne D’Agostino, Connectivity & Insights Program Manager, Medtronic
  • Dr Paul Vanderbroeck, Executive Coach & Gender Balance Consultant
  • Maria Garza, Marketing Communications Manager, EMEA Region, Medtronic 
  • Marie-Philippe Vanheems, Business Transformer Consultant
  • Charleen Michel, International Human Resources & Wellness Consultant, WIN Wisdom Keeper
  • Sile O’Broin, Communications Specialist for the Office of the Chief Scientist in FAO of the United Nations

14:00    Closing Thoughts & Facilitating Networking


14:15    The End




Elena Plyasunova, Vice President, Medtronic Russia 

Elena Plyasunova was appointed Vice President of Medtronic Russia in 2015. She leads a team of over 330 employees who promote innovative medical technologies and solutions to treat thousands of Russian patients. Elena has 14 years of successful management experience. Prior to joining Medtronic in 2007 she held the positions of head of financial control at Microsoft, Russia (2005-2007) and financial manager for Emerging Markets at Intel (2000-2005). Elena is a committed champion of gender balance and is the Executive Sponsor of the EMEA Medtronic Women's Network Group. Elena graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University. In 1999 she received a master's degree in international administration (MBA), Willamette University (USA). Elena is married and has two daughters.



Joop Smits, Director, People & Organisation, PwC Switzerland

I am leading the Diversity, Inclusive Culture and Equity (DICE+) initiative for PwC Europe and in this capacity I work with a wide range of organisations in creating the workforce of the future. When PwC announced its new mission statement a few years ago – Build Trust in Society by Solving Important Problems – I asked myself the question what a truly important problem is in my field of expertise; HR and Reward. From this I concluded that I wanted to focus my efforts in helping employers to close the gender pay gap. What started as an “after 6 o’clock initiative”, became a full time job and together with a team of 10 D&I specialists I am working with employers throughout Europe on topics such as Gender Pay gap, Racial Equality, Inclusive Leadership, D&I analytics and D&I capability building. I’m particularly intrigued by supporting companies achieving business results by implementing strategic D&I initiatives into their value chain.



Nora Schoenthal, VP Global Talent, DSM

I am a People & Organization Executive who partners with leaders across DSM to firmly embed a Talent Development agenda in support of their businesses. Through various business and P&O roles in consulting and corporate I have built up extensive experience in developing people individually as well as strategically managing talent in large, complex organizations. I have worked and lived in the US, Germany and the Netherlands and have a colorful patchwork family with 5 kids, a dog and a cat. I hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology and an Executive MBA and am a trained systemic consultant; personally I am passionate about martial arts as a practitioner and an instructor. I believe that to build strong women in business and society we have to build up the confidence of young girls to reach for the stars and believe in themselves first and foremost.



Florencia Davel, General Manager Latin America, Bristol Myers Squibb

Florencia Davel is an Argentine executive leader with more than 25 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She currently leads the Latin American cluster as General Manager of Bristol Myers Squibb. She joined the organization in 2000 as a Product Manager, after working at local and multinational companies such as Phoenix, Abbott, and Astra-Zeneca. Throughout her career, she achieved outstanding results for the business, being her priority people development, cultural transformation, diversity, and inclusion. In 2017, she was named “Women to Watch”, and she has been a Mentor for the Vital Voices NGO program focused on the new generation of women leaders’ career development. Florencia studied Pharmacy and Biochemistry, has a degree in Marketing from the University of Business and Social Sciences, an MBA from UCEMA-Argentina, and completed the General Manager Program at CEDEP (France).


Fiona Pattiselanno, Corporate Brand Director, Medtronic EMEA

After graduating in Business Communications & PR, Fiona started working in internal communicatoins with Toyota Europe in Brussels/Belgium, followed by strategic planning for an international agency. She returned to Toyota Europe and held several positions in Advertising and Branding for Lexus. Building on that experience she joined Medtronic EMEA in Switzerland in 2006, where she has held different positions in Marketing Communications and Branding. She now is responsible for the Corporate Brand in the region and a member of the Strategic Global Brand team. Beyond that, Fiona is a committed champion of gender balance. She co-leads the Global Advisory Board of the Medtronic European Women's Network Group and is the hub leader for EMEA. Fiona holds dual Dutch and Swiss nationality and lives in the Geneva area with her husband and daughter. 



Nicola Dunne D’Agostino, Connectivity & Insights Program Manager, Medtronic

Nicky is the Connectivity and Insights Program Manager for Medtronic Diabetes EMEA. She has a masters degree in Sociology, Political Science and Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Originally from Ireland, Nicky is now based in Switzerland with her husband and two children.  Nicky started with an academic interest in gender following an undergraduate course in the evolution of gender roles in popular culture. After having her first child in 2014 her new personal experience rekindled and grounded that academic interest thus she joined the committee of the Medtronic Women’s Network. She is looking forward to facilitating this workshop to continue learning from and more practically supporting people working collectively towards increased diversity, opportunity and equity in business.


Dr Paul Vanderbroeck, Executive Coach & Gender Balance Consultant

After a PhD in History and international career in HR, I am now an Executive Coach specialized in women leadership. I am passionate about helping women leaders achieve the results they want. I believe that the best way to maximize potential is by being authentic and leveraging your difference. My book on Leadership Strategies for Women was published in 2014. This year, The Handbook for International Career Couples will appear. I’m part of an International Career Couple, father of two and currently live in Geneva and Rome. I look forward to sharing my know-how and experience on how to create an inclusive organization.



Ramune Lekamaviciute, Global Head of HR Quality & Compliance, Sanofi; PWN Frankfurt President

I am an international business professional with advanced knowledge of cross-cultural management in both private and non-governmental organizations, possessing high ability to understand complex matrix organizations, to recognize and respond to diverse thinking and learning styles, be persuasive, proactive and successfully lead working teams. I do Intrinsically work towards bringing meaning & value to what I do with passion for people, innovation and balanced yet sustainable leadership. Same passion for People has led me to a recent career shift from Finance to HR where I will be shaping my current company’s culture when it comes to our values, ethics and business integrity from HR perspective. Afterwork, I spend most of the time with my family and friends while also dedicate myself to running a Professional Women Network in Frankfurt, which unites women from different backgrounds, work experiences and nationalities, enabling them to network, exchange, learn from each other and achieve their ultimate life fulfilling goals.




Maria Garza, Marketing Communications Manager, EMEA Region, Medtronic 

Maria is part of the Corporate Brand team for Medtronic EMEA and has been working in the Communications field for over 9 years. She holds a Marketing degree from ITESM University in Mexico City and a Master in Business Administration from the HES-SO in Switzerland. She believes that gender balance should be fair not only professionally but also in our personal lives. Coming from a conservative country and culture where women can still be seen as dependant of their partners or families, she’s passionate about the evolution of humankind and challenging the roles in society. She’s looking forward to be part of this event and being able to share ideas and experiences through this community and inspire each other in the process. 

Marie-Philippe Vanheems, Business Transformer Consultant

As a mechanical engineer with 17 years of international experience in top-tier companies (Avery Dennison, Nestle, Dentsply Sirona, Carlsberg), I lead significant business transformation changes by leveraging a continuous improvement mindset. Unleashing your superpowers and the ones of your team is my biggest strength. An innovative and clear strategy, the engagement of all, agile organizations and processes are the key factors of your success, nope, OUR success in a world 4.0! Today, I aim to set up or transform conscious businesses in a creative and innovative way toward a Just Cause: from start-up to Big Corp; let's have an impact together. Check out and dare to have fun in the process!


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The D&I Forum on Creating an Inclusive Organization

Each year corporate leaders, organizations and experts meet to explore how to create inclusive organizations where people thrive and businesses and planet flourish. We ask ourselves, how can we overcome the hurdles in our way and accelerate progress? Would a more inclusive organization foster greater innovation for the greater good?

We share experiences of how we can connect to new ways of thinking, embrace diversity, sustainability, create common ground and grow environments of inclusion and equity in order to better innovate and prepare for the future.

It is clear that gender balance is good for business, and we look at the role of collaboration in accelerating progress on this front. Ultimately inclusion is built on each of our individual relationships.

This event is relevant for everyone excited about conscious business, inclusion, diversity, gender equality and advancing women in leadership, strategy, talent management or simply, anyone interested in creating a thriving future.

WIN createsevents where you feel included and where change is accelerated. It will enrich both your organization and yourself.

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How does it work?

The WIN Corporate Meetings are hosted by a host company and include a company case presentation as well as an external expert speaker and facilitated networking. The meetings last half a day. The learning meetings provide invaluable opportunities to benchmark best practices, foster dialogue with other leading international organisations, exchange ideas and information, promote team work with valuable networking opportunities and position the organisation in an environment of global, inclusive and feminine leadership.


How to Join

Become a Corporate Member to attend all meetings, or directly register for a meeting at a time. Write to us at for more information. 

Through WIN’s Corporate Meetings and the Annual Corporate Forum on women’s leadership, inclusion and innovation, we learn and share experiences on how we can connect to new ideas, embrace diversity, create common ground and grow environments of inclusion in order to facilitate prosperity and innovation.


More About the WIN Corporate Programme

A world in transformation - how is new technology, the changing political climate and the gender revolution impacting business and society? We gather to discuss how to create courageous, inclusive and innovative organizations - organizations that are actively shaping a future in which we all thrive. We are leading in an environment of unprecedented change at a global level. Together we explore what the larger trends and changes mean for companies and individuals. The meetings explore how we can overcome hurdles that prevent us from being ourselves, looking within, speaking out and stepping up.

The WIN Corporate Learning and Networking Series is a platform for leaders and organizations committed to creating conscious business, embracing diversity, innovating, developing inclusive practises and focusing on women and feminine leadership.

WIN is a leading learning organization with 20 years’ experience in creating, designing, curating and running high quality programmes on diversity, inclusion, women leadership, authenticity and conscious business. The Corporate Learning and Networking Series/Programme forms part of the overall WIN vision to accelerate the development and growth of global, authentic and feminine leadership, and to ensure that businesses flourish and people thrive. Each year, we host four half-day meetings as well as the full-day Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Forum, which are focused extensions of the many forums at our regional and Global WINConferences.

Topics covered in the sessions range from attracting, retaining, developing and promoting female leaders, building deeper self-awareness for better leadership, to creating a culture of collaboration. The sessions also deal with new business trends, diversity of thinking, innovation and technology, culture, and running successful and creative business networks. WIN's trademark focus on beauty and authenticity shines through in all that we do and be assured, you will come away connected to your fellow participants, new ideas and yourself. By identifying key topics, this network of like-minded organizations creates real business benefits for all of its member organizations and individual participants alike. WIN engages the ecosystem it is a part of and co-creates the Corporate Programme Learning Series meetings, the D&I Corporate Forum and services alongside the world-class organizations we partner with for the annual WINConference.

Past Meetings

  • Unveiling Unconscious Bias to Efficiently Lead with Purpose, hosted by DSM in Basel
  • The Growth Mindset Model & Collaborative Leadership, hosted by Richemont in Geneva
  • Inclusion in Action: Uncover Your Authentic Leadership, hosted by IKEA in Zurich
  • Inclusion in Action: Inclusion & Innovation, hosted by DuPont in Geneva

Meeting Reports

  • Creating an Inclusive Organization: Accelerating Change
  • Inclusion in Action: Activating Your Resilience
  • Inclusion in Action: Closing the Gender Pay Gap
  • Numerous other reports available upon request

Who attends

Senior leaders, middle management, talent managers, strategy executives, HR executives and anyone interested in engagement, diversity and inclusion. Meetings have been held at HP, Lexmark, IMD, ICRC, IKEA, Tetrapak, IBM, Cisco, Nestle, P&G, PwC, PMI, Honeywell/Garrett, Shell, Thomson Reuters, Medtronic, SwissRe and many more.


  •  Corporate learning and development programmes
  •  Corporate advice and strategy
  •  Pre- and post-conference corporate activities
  •  Supporting corporate elements, corporate speaking
  •  Authentic leadership, networking with purpose and joy
  •  Mindfulness, creativity, conscious business, communication and resilience training
  •  Inclusion, women in leadership, feminine leadership and overall gender strategy