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Women Social Entrepreneurs Changing Europe

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The event aims to increase the visibility of women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe by presenting new evidence and best practices, and facilitating dialogue between EU policy makers and key stakeholders, including national ministers, experts and academics, funders and banks, intermediary organisations, and women social entrepreneurs themselves.

10:00 Welcome
Viviane Teitelbaum, President of the European Women’s Lobby
Madi Sharma, European Economic and Social Committee

10:10 Introduction to the WEstart Project and Conference
Emily Usher Shrair, WEstart Project Manager

10:20 Policy Maker Introductions

  • Facilitator: Agnes Hubert, European Bureau of Policy Advisors
  • Iphigenia Potaki- DG Research and Innovation
  • Jens Nilsson- MEP (S&D, Sweden) EP SocialEconomy Intergroup
  • Katarzyna Ptak- DG Justice
  • Andrea Maier- DG Employment and Social Inclusion
  • Patrick Klein- DG Growth

10.45 Presentation of the WEstart Project Results
Emily Usher Shrair, WEstart Project Manager

11:00 Questions and Discussion
Emily Usher Shrair and Dr. Anne Laure Humbert, University of Cranfield

11:10 Participatory Workshop with Policy Makers

  • Iphigenia Potaki- DG Research and Innovation
  • Jens Nilsson- MEP, Sweden, President of the European Parliament Social
  • Economy Intergroup
  • Katarzyna Ptak- DG Justice
  • Andrea Maier- DG Employment and Social Inclusion
  • Patrick Klein- DG Growth

12:10 Coffee Break

12:25 Morning Keynote Speech

June O’ Sullivan, CEO London Early Years Foundation

12:40 Questions and Discussion
12:50 Morning Wrap Up
1:00 Networking Lunch

2:00 “Towards a feminist Europe”
Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of EWL

2:10 Afternoon Keynote Speech
Rozi Vaci, Founder and Director Matyu Design

2:25 Questions and Discussion

2:30 New Research: “The Gender Pay Gap in Social Enterprise”
Suncica Vujic, University of Antwerp

2:40 New Research: “Innovation and Women’s Social Entrepreneurship”
Marieke Huysentruyt, I-Propellor

2:50 Questions and Discussion
3:00 Coffee Break
3:15 Interactive Panel “Supporting Women Social Entrepreneurs” and
Audience Contest

  • Monica Grau Sarabia, WISE, ESADE Business School
  • Servane Moazan, Ogunte
  • Madi Sharma, MADI Group, EESC
  • Gorka Espiau, the Young Foundation

4:10 Closing Remarks