Women in Business: Challenges and the Path to Success

Event Date: 
02.11.2021 -
17:00 to 18:30
Zoom & YouTube live

Register HERE


The University of New York in Prague in cooperation with Future Females Prague will be hosting an online public webinar on the topic of women in entrepreneurship.  

The topic will be looking at what is the status quo and where are the challenges of gender inequality within the business world. The discussion will focus on the current situation of the female-founded businesses, common obstacles, and their misconceptions. All while looking at what can be done in order to spark and speed up the change.

Please join a discussion with the Ambassador of Canada to the Czech Republic – H.E. Ayesha Patricia Rekhi, Founder and CEO of INEV Martina Bacíková (Forbes 30 under 30), Founder of Diversio Linda Štucbartová (Social Innovator), co-Founders of GenWork Dimana Mabhena and Barbora Langer (both Future Females Prague Ambassadors).​

Even though the female-owned businesses are on the rise worldwide with their first big breakthrough in 2019 - the reports showed that women-owned startups delivered twice as much per dollar invested compared to those funded by men. 2019 data by Crunchbase still reported a huge gap between funding female-founded and male-founded companies with male founders raising 195 billion USD in 2019 as opposed to female founders raising just 6 billion USD globally.

What really keeps women-owned businesses from getting more money? How to address it? Join us and ask our amazing speakers on November 2nd at 17:00 CET.

Main topics:

  • What is the reality? (situation in the Czech Republic in comparison to Europe and Canada)
  • What are the obstacles?
  • How to overcome them?
  • COVID impact on entrepreneurial reality in the Czech Republic
  • Czech-Canadian cooperation, real stories of GenWork, INEV, and Diversio

H. E. Ayesha Patricia Rekhi - (BA Hons [Political Science], McGill University, 1996; MSc [Development Studies], London School of Economics and Political Science, 1997; MPA, Harvard University, 2016) joined Citizenship and Immigration Canada in 1999 and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2002.

In Ottawa, she was the deputy director of the Southeast Asia and Oceania Division from 2010 to 2011 and previously served as an adviser on peacebuilding and human security issues.

Overseas, she served as vice-consul for immigration in Hong Kong from 2000 to 2002, first secretary for political and economic affairs in New Delhi from 2005 to 2009, counselor for political and public affairs in Hanoi from 2012 to 2015, and counselor for political and economic affairs and permanent observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok from 2016 to 2019.

In August 2019, Ms. Rekhi was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the Czech Republic.

Ms. Rekhi is married to Chef and Author Cameron Stauch. They have two children.

Martina Bacíková - leads INEV and sets its long-term strategy. She orchestrates project development, oversees the course of the Economics Olympiad, and steers other INEV initiatives. She is also the organization’s main media contact.

Before establishing INEV, Martina worked as the chairwoman of Students for Liberty CZ. She is a co-founder of the start-up Dáme Zkoušku and worked as an economic journalist and moderator in Roklen24 and Forum24. During her time with the financial group Roklem Fin, she gained experience as a project manager in equity and forex trading.

She enjoys reading and acquiring new skills and alternative attitudes. Martina also loves spending time in nature and participating in athletics. 

Linda Štucbartová - passionate about supporting women in leadership positions, in tech, and in science. A former leadership coach, she has become a woman entrepreneur herself. She founded her company Diversion, organized women entrepreneurial missions, established a women tech accelerator. She represents Czech women entrepreneurs at various multinational forums, in the EU and globally. GIFEW nominated her for a global award for women entrepreneurs.

A mother of two, married for 20 years, she believes in the motto: "Be the change you want to see in the world".

Barbora Langer - is a passionate athlete with over 10 years of marketing experience in international corporations such as Nike and Packeta Group, whose sports mindset and interest in personal growth drive her desire for change. She loves working with diverse teams, being inspired by inspirational people, and facing new challenges every day. All of this motivates her to get the best out of herself and enjoy every day as a special day. She truly believes in human potential and the power of females. 

Dimana Mabhena - is a passionate social entrepreneur who believes in driving change through hard work and determination. Her 10-year long career in education management and administration has taught her that the only way to influence people is to educate, spread awareness and drive equality via initiatives that encourage a constructive discussion.

Dimana is a proud mom of two girls and is happily married.

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