International Professional Women’s Association of Santiago

UPCOMING EVENTS

IPWA members are encouraged to attend our upcoming events.  See you there!

Cultivate Your Leadership Presence
with Alejandra Silberman

WEDNESDAY, November 28th | TIME: 7:30 pm
Maison de France | San Crescente 451, Las Condes

Harness your body’s intelligence to develop and deepen your presence as a leader!
In this highly experiential event we will explore how to align with what you  care about, and stay connected to yourself and others under pressure. 

Alejandra Silberman has over 15 years’ experience working with a broad range of leaders and organizations as a coach, consultant, and facilitator. She has specialized in leadership coaching and development, and has extensive experience in facilitating transformational and embodied learning. 

Alejandra holds a BA from Bard College, and a MSc in Education from Lesley College. She is a Certified Ontological Coach (Newfield Network), Certified Somatic Coach (Strozzi Institute) and Professional Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation).

RSVP is required to attend. Please RSVP by Monday, November 26th.

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ABOUT IPWA

Connect.  Develop.  Inspire.
The International Professional Women’s Association is a volunteer-led association run by an Organizing Committee of women from different professions and nationalities.  The committee is divided into different teams responsible for events, membership, marketing and communications, finance, and special projects.
Our Vision

To be the hub for internationally-minded professional women in Santiago.

OUR MISSION

To connect professional women of all backgrounds and develop their skills.

OUR VALUES

Community, Contribution, Respect, and Inspiration

OUR COMMITTEE

The International Professional Women’s Association is a volunteer-led association run by an Organizing Committee of women from different professions and nationalities.  The committee is divided into different teams responsible for events, membership, marketing and communications, finance, and special projects.

Michelle Clarke
Michelle Clarke

President

Originally from South Africa, Michelle has called Santiago home since 2014.  Michelle is a Global Leadership and Branding Coach who works with English-speaking leaders and teams in Chile as well as internationally.  She is the founder of www.motivcoach.com.   Michelle is also an improvised acting trainer at Improv Santiago, an avid storyteller, a yoga devotee and a student of the slackline.  She strongly believes in the power of a network of other like-minded woman and welcomes all international professional women in Santiago to IPWA.

@motivcoach

Suvi Lemetyinen
Suvi Lemetyinen

Secretary

Suvi Lemetyinen was born and raised in the cold Nordics, more accurate, in Finland. She has lived in Santiago for total of five years and worked in projects and public relations in the nonprofit sector. On her free time, she enjoys theater, cooking, trekking and traveling when possible. She loves to see professional women inspiring and helping each other out to achieve their goals. She is the current secretary of IPWA and participates in the committee of the mentorship program.

@suvilemetyinen

Kristin Lorenzo
Kristin Lorenzo

Treasurer

Kristin Lorenzo is the current Treasurer of IPWA and is part of the committee running the IPWA Mentoring Program. She has been happy to call Santiago home since 2013 when she moved here from Boston, MA. While past work experience includes 14 years in the financial services sector both in the US and Chile, in 2017, she made a leap of faith to the technology sector where she currently is a Product Manager at Nisum Technologies. In her free time, she participates in improv and book club in addition to being an active member in her MBA alumni association.

@kristinmlorenzo

Lauren Brown
Lauren Brown

Events

Originally from the USA, Lauren has been living in Latin America since 2012, first Mexico, Colombia and then Chile where she moved in 2015.  Lauren is a marketing and business development expert focused on startups and small businesses. She relocated to Chile to help with sales and marketing for a US anti-aging and cosmetics company, NuSkin. She also helps individuals and businesses grow their social media presence and coaches an Instagram growth class for individuals wanting to grow and monetize their social media. Join her free instagram group here bit.ly/IG-influencers

Contact Lauren if you have any ideas for future events or would like to be considered as a speaker.

@laurenlbproject

Laura Mayer
Laura Mayer

Events

Laura Mayer is originally from Argentina and, in the past ten years, has lived in three different continents for professional and academic reasons. She has been on the IPWA committee since April 2018, when she joined to help with the coordination of the IPWA events. Laura is an energetic Human Resources professional with a background in Business, who currently works from Santiago as Project Manager for a prestigious UK-based leadership and coaching consultancy.

Contact Laura if you have any ideas for future events or would like to be considered as a speaker.

Stephanie Millner
Stephanie Millner

Marketing

Stephanie Millner is originally from New Jersey, but has lived overseas for the past decade.  She is an internationally award-winning and certified Master Photographic Craftsman (M.Photog.Cr., CPP) specializing in portraiture. Stephanie is internationally recognized for her work in studio pet portraiture, for which she has garnered much acclaim.  Having worked in the photographic and graphic design industries for nearly twenty years, she brings a comprehensive branding & marketing background to the IPWA committee.

Stephanie is a big fan of photography, travel, and working with animals.

Her work can be found online at   stephaniemillner.com.

@stephaniemillnerphotography

Baiba Barene
Baiba Barene

Communications

Baiba is a business owner and an academician. She has lived in several places in Europe, North and South America and speaks five languages. Having worked in public diplomacy, UN and academia, she brings multi-faceted professional experiences to IPWA. Baiba’s career has allowed her to grow and achieve expertise in diverse areas such as foreign policy (security policy, NATO, EU financial framework), human development and sustainability, academic research and teaching, psychology, education administration and entrepreneurship. Baiba loves hiking in the mountains and cities, exploring undiscovered places and encountering traditional gatherings of the local people. If she takes you around the city, you better have those running shoes on as you will walk and see a lot today!

Clare Bogdanowicz
Clare Bogdanowicz

Content Management

Originally from the USA, Clare Bogdanowicz recently moved to Santiago, Chile in June 2018. While not her first time living abroad (she lived in Japan from 2013-2015), this is Clare’s first time living in South America. Hoping to get involved and connect with like-minded women, she joined the IPWA committee.  A criminal defense attorney by trade, Clare is thrilled to be using her interpersonal and writing skills to further the mission of IPWA as a content editor.  In her free time, Clare loves to cook, hike, ski, travel and spend time with her husband and golden retriever.

Caitlin Wheat
Caitlin Wheat

Content Management

Caitlin is an Australian Naturopath with a passion for helping people remove illness as a barrier to living their best lives.

She studied holistic nutrition, health coaching, herbal medicine, Australian Bush and Bach Flower essences, yoga and meditation and loves combining the holistic nature of naturopathy, with the science of biology, chemistry and nutrition to get the best of both worlds.

Her specialities include digestive problems and helping busy people reduce stress and improve energy through her workshops and courses.

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”

– Estée Lauder

PARTICIPATE

For 2018, IPWA is pleased to make a broad range of programs available to IPWA members:  Coaching, Mentoring, and Volunteering.  To take advantage of these opportunities, sign up to become a member by emailing secretary@ipwasantiago.org.

MENTORING

We are very excited to offer members the opportunity to participate in our annual IPWA Mentoring Program!  The 2018 program started in May will run for 6 months finishing in November. Look out for how you can participate in next year´s program in early 2019.

This program is designed for IPWA members in good standing who want to gain a career advantage and maximize their learning opportunities. Our program is suited for professional women with a variety of professional development objectives, such as: building a strong network in the local community, advancing their career, exploring a career change, becoming an entrepreneur, among others.  Mentees selected for the program are matched with a mentor who provides support as the mentees work towards their goals.
The monthly time commitment for the program is two to four hours per month, depending on how active you and your mentor or mentee are. We recommend that at least one interaction per month is done in person. The rest of the interactions can be done in person, by phone, skype, or email. In addition, we run four events: a mentor training session, kickoff, mid-program activity, and closing event.
For questions or comments regarding the IPWA Mentoring Program, please contact us at mentoring@ipwasantiago.com

MEMBERSHIP

Joining the IPWA community offers so many incredible benefits

Connect

…with a growing number of professional women in Santiago.

Develop

professionally by attending presentations from insightful speakers

Build Your Network

of contacts in your field and related fields

Learn

from others by participating in our members-only mentoring and coaching programs

Enjoy

a range of members-only social events and trips

Access

priority listing and reduced rates to programs and events with IPWA alliances


REGISTERED MEMBER BENEFITS
  • Half-Price Entry to IPWA Events.  ($5.000 instead of $10.000)

  • Sign-a-New-Member: Enjoy one free event for yourself.

  • Reduced Entry-Fee for your guest at their first IPWA event.

  • Members-Only Events & Activities

  • FREE Enrollment in our Mentoring Program

  • Advertising/Links on our website and Facebook Pages

MEMBERSHIP FEES
  • Full Year: $20.000 + $5.000 per event

  • Non-Member Event Fee: $10.000

  • First Event is Free.  Bring a Friend!

Join IPWA today by contacting secretary@ipwasantiago.org.  Payment may be made through bank transfer or in cash at the next event.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

PAST EVENTS

Regular events usually take place the last week of every month. Formal presentations are complemented by social events where we invite you to come and network for the whole evening.

Make sure you are signed up to the mailing list to receive information about events.  Send an email to secretary@ipwasantiago.org to sign up.

Breaking the Expat Barrier

Carla Ducci discusses the ups and downs of Expat Life in Chile for women.
On the Blog

Mentorship Session

The 2018 Mentorship Cycle wraps up.

September Event: Retrospective

Deb Derrick speaks about her career, her books, and her life story.
On the Blog

An Evening with the Ambassador

US Ambassador Carol Perez speaks at our August roundtable event.
On the Blog

Mid-Year Mentor Event

Mentors and Mentees meet to discuss their partnerships at this mid-year meeting.

Christmas in July Social Event

Our annual “Christmas should be cold!” event, complete with cocktails & ugly sweaters.
On the Blog

MEMBER SERVICE DIRECTORY

  • Upon returning to Chile after 4 years away in Australia and following a career change, I was anxious about my job options. Luckily, the mentoring program started at the right time in 2017 and after the first session, I was paired up with Lilian. She provided guidance and straight forward advice about my next steps. She put an emphasis on updating my network, particularly LinkedIn, which was my weak area as I felt that I had been outside of the corporate world for a while following the birth of my children and returning to study a few years earlier. Pushing myself in the area of technology has been difficult but I am on the right road!
    By coincidence, I found a job (via networking!) in the same building as my mentor, so now we can meet for regular catch ups. I was pleased that from the first mentoring session, I was matched to Lilian as she worked in the sector that I was looking to enter so as to give some real time advice. She was also an expert in her field and has an interest in empowering professional women which is a great combination.
    JOANNE Winter – IPWA MEMBER, 2017
  • I would definitely recommend the IPWA coaching program for anyone who is looking for inspiration and guidance to maximize their professional potential!  

    At the beginning of 2016 I took a major decision for my professional career and was determined to work as an independent development consultant. I had no previous experience working as an independent and naturally I had a lot of questions and doubts. As an IPWA member I got aware of the possibility to join the IPWA coaching program and got selected. 

    The coaching sessions gave me concrete tools to use in my professional life and the sessions also gave me the sufficient amount of emotional balance that, to me, was just as important to shine in an increasing competitive labor market.

    In the four months that I was part of the IPWA coaching program I have discovered more about my professional potential than ever. I have successfully established a solid professional network and I have reached the first of many goals and am now involved in different project as an independent development consultant. 

    JULIE MARIE RASMUSSEN –  IPWA member, May 2016
  • “I was really lucky to get a sponsored Facebook ad letting me know about this program in a moment where I just lost my job after three years in Santiago. I was feeling hopeless. So, I enrolled in IPWA and was one of 2017 mentees, and it changed my life because at the beginning I set the goal of getting a job and as soon as I started, I got a job. But, I also wanted to define my profile which was quite difficult for me. Through the process, I was able to delve deeper into self analysis and made significant changes like quitting smoking, meditating and lots of beautiful things. I am very grateful for all the women that take part in this organization and hope it will grow bigger!”

    CAMILLA Valenzuela – IPWA MEMBER, 2017

CONTACT

Ready to join IPWA?  Have questions?  Just want to say, “Hi”? 
We’d love to hear from you!