International Professional Women’s Association of Santiago


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

Are you in active job search or thinking of changing jobs in the near future? Would you like to learn more about the recruitment processes in Chile? If the answer is yes, this interactive event is for you. HR specialist, Andrea Serey, will share with us her tips on how to search for a job in Chile and what to keep in mind as a foreigner.

When? Wednesday 4th November @7pm via Zoom.

As 2020 has been a challenging year, we provide this event free for all interested. Feel free to share the invitation with your female friends in Chile.



Andrea Serey is a psychologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and has worked in HR positions in national and international companies. Currently, she works in BHP, an Australian mining enterprise, as a Talent Acquisition Specialist screening more than 10.000 candidates in the past 3 months.

Andrea is a recruiter by day, runner by night and also helps her family and friends win pitching competitions and level up their LinkedIn and CVs in her free time. You can find her as Andrea Serey Cambiaso on LinkedIn.


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.


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


Community, Contribution, Respect, and Inspiration


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.

Suvi Lemetyinen
Suvi Lemetyinen


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.


Kristin Lorenzo
Kristin Lorenzo


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.


Lauren Brown
Lauren Brown


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

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


Laura Mayer
Laura Mayer


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.

Natalie Howatson
Natalie Howatson

Secretary & Marketing

Natalie Howatson is a proud Pacific Northwesterner, she has been living on and off agin in Chile for the past 7 years. With a diverse background in management, sales and international business development, you will most likely find her at her current place of work, Albagli Zaliasnik. In her free time, she likes to go to the beach for some fresh air, hiking in the surrounding mountains or escape to the south of Chile for some much needed rain. Natalie initially joined IPWA in 2017 to expand her network within Santiago. As as of 2020, she has joined the IPWA committee taking on the role of secretary and manging the website. 

Elena Silina
Elena Silina


Elena Silina is originally from Russia. She pursued her degree in Economics in the USA and worked for a few years in Silicon Valley in the area of investments and transactions advisory services. After she returned to Russia and worked for startups and multinational companies as an investment professional. In 2019 Elena moved to Chile and is currently working on multiple projects in areas of finance and education. During her free time she loves to take art classes, learn about art and design, explore galleries, museums and theater plays. She also enjoys playing tennis and go to the amazing Chilean coastline for surfing or to the Andes for hiking.

Elena is excited to bring her strong financial background to help IPWA effectively manage finances and to contribute to the further growth of the organization.

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.

Gabriela Jachuf
Gabriela Jachuf

Events & Social Media

Orignally from Argentina, Gaby is a business attorney with global experience acquired in top-ten service providers to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. She also has an entrepreneurial spirit and when she moved to Chile in 2015, she decided to set up her own business by doing what she is passionate about: setting up events and celebrations. Gaby is on a sabbatical period from her business and is joining the IPWA Committee to support with the coordination of IPWA events and social media. 

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

– Estée Lauder


We are very excited to offer members the opportunity to participate in our annual IPWA Mentoring Program! The 2020 program has already begun and will run for 6 months from May until November. If interested, please send an email to inquire about when to apply for the 2021 program.




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 minimum 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, videoconference or email. In addition, we run at least three events: a mentor training session, kickoff and closing event.
For questions or comments regarding the IPWA Mentoring Program, please contact us at


Joining the IPWA community offers so many incredible benefits


…with a growing number of professional women in Santiago.


professionally by attending presentations from insightful speakers

Build Your Network

of contacts in your field and related fields


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


a range of members-only social events and trips


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

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

  • Members-Only Events & Activities

  • FREE Enrollment in our Mentoring Program

  • Advertising/Links on our website and Facebook Pages

  • Full Year: $20.000 + $5.000 per event

  • Your First Event is FREE!

  • Non-Member Event Fee: $10.000

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


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 to sign up.

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  • 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


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