#Entrepreneurs — 30.06.2016

Second Edition of the Women Entrepreneur Program at Stanford

Some 30 women leading international fast-growing businesses will be attending the 2016 round of the exclusive Women Entrepreneur Program run from 3 to 8 July by BNP Paribas Wealth Management and the Women Initiative Foundation on the Stanford Campus in California.


A group of 30 women entrepreneurs from 12 countries, working in various sectors including digital services, the media, publishing, beauty products, gastronomy and the medical field, will take part in a week-long programme comprising lectures and classes delivered by faculty members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“Participants will benefit from excellent academic teaching, with a programme specifically geared to the real issues facing entrepreneurs. They will have the opportunity to network and share their aims and aspirations for international growth, innovation and leadership and even pursue business opportunities with each other,” underlined Sofia Merlo, Co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management, adding: “This innovative programme run in cooperation with the prestigious Stanford Campus illustrates the commitment of BNP Paribas Wealth Management to promoting entrepreneurship among women.”

An Exclusive Customised Program

The training programme designed by Stanford University, with its mix of knowledge and skills acquisition and personal development, is tailored to meet the needs of these highly accomplished businesswomen.  The format combines classroom courses with workshops, round-table mentoring sessions and company visits in Silicon Valley.

Developing Business Potential  

The courses will be delivered by recognised experts on such topics as strategic leadership, negotiation, unlocking synergies and exploiting business opportunities. The basic aim of the programme is to help the participants to acquire further management skills and learn to identify external growth opportunities.

Networking with Sucessful International Entrepreneurs  

The programme also provides unparalleled opportunities for international dialogue and networking. With over a dozen nationalities represented, this unique gathering offers participants the chance to benefit from the experience of other outstanding businesswomen from all over the world.

“This programme is one of a number of initiatives devised and supported by the Women Initiative Foundation, whose mission covers three main areas – training, economic studies and mentoring – designed to assist and promote entrepreneurship among women both in France and around the world,” explained Martine Liautaud, President of the Women Initiative Foundation.