Press release for Premier International Business Club’s ‘Business Inspirations’ book
Successful Polish businesswomen from over 20 countries around the world came to celebrate the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held in Poland, and to inspire others to start up their own businesses.
The World Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a social movement that was initiated in 2014 by Wendy Diamond, the founder and the world’s Ambassador of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in New York. Although Diamond’s initiative is celebrated annually on November 19, the global, social movement takes place every day, all year long, to promote entrepreneurship among women, and is aimed at supporting and strengthening women’s entrepreneurial opportunities.
This year, two ambassadors of women’s entrepreneurship – Urszula Ciołeszyńska, President of the International Network of Women’s Entrepreneurship Ambassadors (Poland) and Kinga Langley, President of the PREMIER International Business Club (United Kingdom / United States) – joined forces to start a unique project of publishing the book Business Inspirations of Polish Women in the World, and organised a series of events in Poland to emphasize the role of women in business.
From Wendy Diamond’s foreword in the book, twenty successful, entrepreneurial Polish women have taken on the great challenge of communicating to others their experiences, advice, and tips, never before recorded, and all of which helped them reach for their young girls’ dreams. It is wonderful that these women now live in different parts of the world, have different origins, different backgrounds, and yet are united by their Polish identity and their abiding faith in their abilities. These women travelled to Poland from places as far as India, China, Japan, Peru, Zambia, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, and the United Kingdom to share their experiences and to inspire others to take action in business.
As part of this year’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day celebration in Poland, the organizers hosted a Women’s Economic Forum, held at the Ministry of Development in Warsaw. Mrs. Angelika Możdżanowska, the Deputy Minister of Development for small and medium-sized enterprises, could not disguise her pleasure, saying: “Your extraordinary energy and life stories are an inspiration to many women. Everything that Polish women do here and around the world, and the way they share their experience and knowledge, can change how women think, [as well as change] the men who support them and our generation as a whole. This book is a real bible of entrepreneurship, and should be a compulsory textbook in all schools of management.” In her opening speech, Deputy Minister Możdżanowska also talked about the Business Constitution, which contains legal acts that make it easier for small businesses to operate.
Forum participants repeatedly emphasized that their successes were the result of their deep determination in pursuing their goals. Their roads to success often came fraught with obstacles and failures that could always be turned into successes, as emphasized by Sylwia Mokrysz from the Mokate company. “For many years, my personal experience has reinforced in me [the belief] that women in business can do a lot more than they do at present. This belief in [our] unused potential motivates me to help others. I believe that [we] need to use every opportunity to change our current state in order to unleash the enormous potential we have,” added Mokrysz.
Teresa Garvin, who runs a business in Chicago, has long mentored women from various countries around the world, including Poland. “I have extensive experience in running a business in the U.S., and therefore have ready-made models that can and should be introduced to Poland. Deciding to take part in this project, I suddenly imagined how many women I could inspire. After all, I started from scratch in a foreign country and without a language. If I was able to succeed, others can too,” stressed the U.S.-based entrepreneur…