International Professional Women’s Association of Santiago

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UPCOMING EVENTS

May virtual event flyer

We invite you to join us this coming Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm, for a virtual coffee session. During the session, we will discuss and share our experiences of working with recruitment agencies and executive search firms. The meeting will be facilitated by our IPWA committee member, Kristin Jonsson. She is an international executive search expert and a career coach with more than 20 years of experience in the field.

This is an ideal event for women that are looking for a job at the moment or would like to gain insights about working with executive search firms.

RSVP here

ABOUT IPWA

Connect.  Develop.  Inspire.
The International Professional Women’s Association is a volunteer-led organization that aims to connect, inspire and help women to develop. We organize monthly events and an annual mentorship program.
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.

Suvi Lemetyinen
Suvi Lemetyinen

President & Mentorship program

Suvi Lemetyinen is originally from Finland but has lived in Chile almost a decade. She is Master in Social Sciences and works as a Project Manager in an international NGO. On her free time, she enjoys theater, cooking, trekking and traveling. She loves to see professional women inspiring and helping each other out to achieve their goals.

Isabel Hong
Isabel Hong

Committee member

Isabel Hong has lived in Santiago on and off for a total of 16 years.  She’s also lived in South Korea, Spain, Ecuador and in the U.S.  She is a journalist by trade but has worked as a market researcher, writing teacher, business developer and web developer. She loves IPWA’s events and mentorship program and is motivated by all the women she has met through the organization.  On her free time she enjoys dancing tango, reading, writing and travelling.

Kristin Jonsson
Kristin Jonsson

Committee member & Mentorship program

Kristin is based in Puerto Natales where she runs her travel business, Echo Experience. She is a very proud ambassador for Chilean Patagonia. Kristin is also a digital nomad, supporting start-ups with executive hiring. Her clients are headquartered in Stockholm, Sydney and Singapore.  Kristin has an incurable wanderlust and loves exploring new cultures. She was born and raised in Sweden; and has lived and worked in England, the US, Australia, and South America.

Christene Bucknell
Christene Bucknell

Committee member

Christene Bucknell is an expat, living in Chile for the past 10 years, she is a mom of two and an Entrepreneur. She is a certified wellness coach and recently started her coaching practice supporting moms of young children. She is also a part-time English teacher & volunteer events and communications coordinator with IPWA. She enjoys travel, good conversation and networking with like-minded women.

Elena Silina
Elena Silina

Committee member

Elena has been living in Santiago since 2019. She pursued her degree in Economics at UC Berkeley and worked in the investment field and transaction advisory services in Silicon Valley. She has worked  in multinational companies as an investment professional in Russia. Having moved to Chile, Elena co-founded an online language company, and now she is working on its development and expansion in Chile and Latin America. She loves learning about languages, art, and investments.

María  Paz Rodriguez
María Paz Rodriguez

Committee member

Paz is a Chilean-American, young entrepreneur and dentist currently working in a translational science & precision medicine oncology research center in Santiago. She is also a Communication Director at a Translational Science Certificate Program at UC San Diego. She is a specialist in networking, bringing people together, and is passionate about helping new entrepreneurs and business women excel. She loves music, art, sports, learning new things, and especially meeting new people.

Kristin Lorenzo
Kristin Lorenzo

Mentorship program

Kristin Lorenzo 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. 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

Mentorship program

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.

Camila Vargas
Camila Vargas

Mentorship program

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.

Leveraging LinkedIn

teaches IPWA about how to get the most out of LinkedIn and social media for job hunting

Baile & Beer

IPWA dances the night away at CardioPilates with a little help from Tamango Brewery
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Winter Social

IPWA and the Mentorship Program meet at DaRadda Restaurant for a networking event night.
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Success or Struggle?

A round-table discussion about starting your Santiago business with three expert panelists.
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Sustainable Santiago

Barbara Alcayaga presents Chile’s new sustainability programs, and how you can participate.
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Be Your Brand

Michelle Clarke presents personal branding to the IPWA community
  • 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

Do you have questions? You can email us to secretary(a)ipwasantiago.org or fill the form below. We would love to hear from you.