Top Women Entrepreneurs from USA and Central Europe Arrived in New York City to Discuss Transatlantic Business Opportunities

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NEW YORK — Polish & American Women Entrepreneurs (PAWE) and Cultural Vistas hosted the USA-Central Europe Women in Business Summit on Thursday, October 17 in the penthouse of the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.

The organization of the Summit was supported by an Honorary Committee headed by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, and four Central European diplomatic missions in the United States; the Embassy of Slovakia, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the Consulate General of Hungary, and the Consulate General of Germany.


The daylong event included a full program of speakers and dynamic panels interspersed with one-on-one professional mentoring and breakout sessions. Over 350 Central European and U.S. women business leaders, changemakers, and entrepreneurs came together to hear from over 40 inspiring speakers and mentors. See our highlights from the event below.


Polish Women Celebrated A Century of Transatlantic Connections by Honoring National Leadership Tradition

Throughout the day, women spoke candidly about their experiences while offering practical advice to their fellow leaders.

They were joined by their counterparts including Maciej Golubiewski, the Consul-General for the Republic of Poland in New York, who read a letter from the Honorary Patron of the event—Poland’s First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda.

First Lady Duda’s letter remarked on the strong tradition of women leaders in Poland, as well as the strong connections these women have made across the Atlantic including those by Agata Golubiewska, the President and CEO of the nonprofit Polish & American Women Entrepreneurs (PAWE) and the founder of the of the Summit.

Thank you also to our special Honorary Patron of the event— Spouse of the President of the Republic of Poland Ms. Agata Kornhauser-Duda

Polish government representative Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, the Undersecretary of State at Poland’s Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, shared numerous encouraging statistics at the Summit about Poland’s growth, at every point noting how her country’s strong economic performance has been catalyzed by entrepreneurial Polish women.


“The Best Way for Women to Advance Professionally is Through Other Women”

The Summit keynote was delivered by the CEO of Havas New York, Laura Maness, who showed that by leading from the heart, you can grow business. In her address, Laura affirmed that “The best way for women to advance professionally is through other women.”

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The Summit gave an overview not only of large-scale the parallels between the empowerment of women and economic growth throughout but also the smaller-scale parallels between the advances of women and their communities or companies—which included the likes of Google, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, EY, Air France, Comarch, PFR and Mastercard.

Notable attendees included representatives from both regions as well as each country’s Trade and Investment Office,  discussing the potential for American and Central European women in business, strategies for accessing market opportunities, and insights into the best practices available for conducting transatlantic business. Panel discussions focused on a variety of subjects, ranging from women-led startups—to already established enterprises—to professional career leadership-training across Central Europe and the U.S., interactive high-level meetings, and most of summit was an excellent opportunity for networking.


Women-led startups and enterprises have significantly contributed to the economic growth and development in the booming Central European region. These trends are actively being supported by governments and public institutions that emphasize foreign expansion and scaling of companies heretofore satisfied with domestic market growth. This shift to a more outward perspective highlights the need to build and grow a transatlantic dialogue among women in business.

“Women in business from these two regions should continue to develop new or grow already-existing trade and investment linkages and partnerships. The Summit will give these women an opportunity to discuss, share, and broaden their networks. There is no better way to grow a business and expand a professional network than through a personal exchange of ideas and practices,” said Maciej Golubiewski, Consul General of Poland in New York.

Women in Business Summit Led to Transatlantic Connections and Opportunities

Just a century after many women across Central Europe and the United States gained the right to vote, women are rising in their careers across every industry and organization and yet the numbers tell a different story. Events like the USA-Central Europe Women in Business Summit aim to raise awareness of the challenges women face in the workplace and in the world while providing access and support to global networks regardless of barriers related to geography and culture. Bringing people together to discuss the challenges and opportunities is the path forward to providing equity for women in the global workplace.


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners and Sponsors!

The USA- Central Europe Women in Business Summit is supported by a group of corporate sponsors that are committed to enhancing the role of women in business and promoting their career and business growth in Central Europe and the USA. Thank you for your dedication and making this incredible summit possible.

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