On December 7, IPWA warmly invited all members and IPWA mentorship program participants to a free Holiday Meet and Greet at Da Radda Restaurant. Around 25 women attended and enjoyed good food, drink, and conversation. After about an hour of mingling and enjoying the holiday spirit, everyone selected a gift from under the tree and shared with the group their greatest accomplishment for the year. Members shared many proud personal and professional moments. We at the IPWA committee are proud of all our members and look forward to the events of 2020. Happy Holidays!
On August 23rd, IPWA hosted Baile & Beer, an evening of Zumba and beer hosted at the brand-new Cardio Pilates (Apoquindo 4700) with beer provided by Tamango Brebajes (https://tamango.cl/). It was a great event, with excellent turn out. Everyone had a wonderful time sweating it out to great music, but also really enjoyed the post-work out snacks, beer, and conversation. Attendees were able to wrap up their week with a fun workout session and make new connections through IPWA. For those of you who enjoy a more active event such as this one, keep an eye out for a yoga and wine themed event in 2020!
On July 24th, IPWA along with the IPWA Mentorship Program hosted a Winter Social at De Radda Restaurant in Las Condes. 29 women attended the networking and mentorship event enjoying good food and drink while making connections and sharing professional experiences. The networking was paused throughout the evening for facilitators Caitlin Wheat and Suvi Lemetyinen to ask questions of the mentors currently involved in IPWA’s Mentorship Program. They shared short insights and tips about when to seek a mentor and how to activate your inner mentor. They also provided examples of the power of female mentorship in the workplace. It was a great mid-winter event and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. We hope to see you at our next event!
~ Clare B.
- Did you ever consider the possibility of giving up and starting over?
- How do you cope with your fears?
- Why do you think Chile is considered a country for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and business owners?
- How did you get your first client?
- When did you decide to formalize your project? (from a legal perspective)
- Find your niche and provide them a unique product/service
- If you are working, try to keep your actual job while developing your own business. This will provide you a “safety net” that will allow you to pay your bills until your business is profitable.
- Make a business plan! You may find some tips to develop one on the web, or you may look for professional advise (one of the IPWA members who was at the event is a professional consultant who may provide you this type of service).
Meet the Panelists
Maria Soledad Torres: Maria Soledad is a forward-thinking lawyer and negotiator with progressive expertise in international business law and inmigration law. She provides legal advice and counseling. Her business web page is:www.legalglobal.cl
Leah Southwell: Leah arrived in Chile 6 years ago without a plan for work. After a few years of experimenting she found a formula that worked and a market that she was perfect to service. Leah now has four people working with her and is doing well by Chilean standards. Her business web page is: executiveenglishnow.com
Gaby Jachuf: Gaby is an attorney majored in Business Law, who has an entrepreneurial spirit. When she moved to Chile, she decided to set up her own business by doing what she is most passionate about: setting up events & celebrations. Gaby is in a sabbatical period due to her pregnancy and will join us to share her local experience.
In closing this was a really wonderful event that provided IPWA members with a secure space to share their experiences and ask the real questions about the unknown of starting a business in Santiago. We look forward to seeing you all at our next event on July 24.
Many IPWA members have asked for Barbara Alcayaga’s Powerpoint presentation. We have shared it below for your reference.