GWPR Empower programme

Empower is an exclusive programme developed by Global Women in PR for a carefully selected group of 25 mid-career women, which will be a combination of cross-border mentoring, learning and profile building.

The current programme will run throughout 2022 and 25 of the most successful global female leaders in PR and Communications have signed up to be mentors (see below).

GWPR’s 24-hour global speed mentoring initiative in 2021 involving 300 women on International Women’s Day, which served as the springboard for this programme. Many GWPR national groups already run their own mentoring programmes for PR women in their own countries, but until now there was no opportunity to be mentored cross-border.

The monthly mentoring sessions will be virtual and involve women from 20 countries around the world from New York to Singapore, London to Moscow and Mexico to Mumbai.

The learning element of the EMPOWER programme will involve regular masterclasses given by industry experts on topics such as leadership skills, managing a business and career planning. GWPR will also provide opportunities for the mentees to participate in panel discussions, a thought leadership project and international networking.

Regular virtual networking meet-ups for mentees and active social media engagement will help create a sense of community.

The goal for the programme is to grow Empower and create a talent pool of sought-after and empowered global women leaders.”

Empower sponsors

Empower partners

Achtung Mary
The PRactice logo
Bonnie & Clyde Advertising Studio logo
PRrovoke Media logo

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Empower Mentors

  1. Alison Clarke
    Business Advisor
    Alison Clarke Consulting
    UK
  2. Angie Moxham
    Founder & CEO
    The Fourth Angel
    UK
  3. Anke Schmidt
    Vice President Corporate Communications & Government Relations
    Beiersdorf AG
    Germany
  4. Cornelia Kunze
    Founder
    i-sekai
    Germany
  5. Cristina Riscotti
    Senior Business Advisor, Head of Corporate, Financial & Professional Services
    Omnicom
    Italy
  6. Denise Kaufmann
    Partner Director Client Leadership North America
    Ketchum
    USA
  7. Emily Poon
    President
    Ogilvy, Asia
    Singapore
  8. Germana Barba
    Public Affairs & Policy Expert
    Independent Consultant
    Italy
  9. Gifty Bingley
    Senior Comms Officer
    African Union
    Ghana
  10. Jag Mistry
    Senior Director, Head of Corp Comms, MENA
    Visa
    UAE
  11. Jennifer Attias
    Global Brand Engagement Director
    L’Oreal Professional
    France
  12. Julia Hutton Potts
    Director International Communications
    Alibaba Group
    UK
  13. Kristina Fassler
    General Manager Marketing & Commercial Sales
    WELT
    Germany
  1. Lavanya Wadgaonkar
    Head of Global Strategic and International Comms
    Nissan Motor Corporation
    Japan
  2. Linda Descano
    Executive Vice President
    Red Havas
    USA
  3. Margaret Key
    Chief Executive Officer – Asia, Middle East and Africa
    MSLGROUP
    South Korea
  4. Michelle Hutton
    CEO Australia and Vice Chair, Asia Pacific
    Edelman
    Australia
  5. Molly Morgan
    Head of Communications
    Google, Canada
    Canada
  6. Nancy Ruscheinsky
    COO
    Zeno
    USA
  7. Nandita Lakshmanan
    Founder & Chairperson
    The PRactice
    India
  8. Olga Podoinitsyna
    Member of the Board
    VTB Capital
    Russia
  9. Rachana Panda
    VP & Country Group Head Comms
    Bayer
    India
  10. Susanne Marell
    CEO
    Hill+Knowlton Strategies
    Germany
  11. Vanessa Ho
    Chief Client & Growth Officer, Asia Pacific
    Weber Shandwick
    Singapore
  12. Yasmin Ramle
    Senior Vice President and Head of Community & Employee Engagement
    GIC (Sovereign Wealth Fund)
    Singapore