International Professional Women’s Association of Santiago


After a long break, we are happy to invite you to our next event which explores some of the aspects of running a business in Chile.
What needs to be taken into account when running a business in Chile? How to stand out in the local market?

When? Wednesday, June 23 at 7pm.
Who? This event is open to all.
Where? Via Zoom.

Our guest speaker, Tania Caroca, has 15 years of experience in the business sector in Chile. She is an executive coach and entrepreneur who believes in the power of creating community and helping other women to reach their goals. She is one of the founders of the women’s association in the North of Chile – Mujeres Non Stop.

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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.


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

President & Mentorship program

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

Mentorship program

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

Events & 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 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.


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.

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

– Estée Lauder


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

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

  • Members-Only Events & Activities

  • FREE Enrollment in our Mentoring Program

  • 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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Success or Struggle?

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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

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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!