Gotha Noir Gala in Paris

Hat tip: Sandrine Joseph

Gotha Noir

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Le samedi 20 novembre 2010 pour la première fois en France, dans le cadre prestigieux des Salons de l’Aveyron, se tiendra le Gala de Charité du Club Efficience.

Les bénéfices de cette soirée seront intégralement reversés pour financer les Bourses d’excellence Gotha Noir. Le Club Efficience a pour ambition de donner une meilleure visibilité aux hommes et aux femmes qui composent la diversité française. Il entend mettre en lumière le dynamisme de l’élite

noire de France pour montrer qu’elle participe pleinement à la construction de la maison France, valoriser la réussite de personnes issues de la diversité, accompagner les entreprises, médias et institutionnels dans l’identification des compétences de la communauté, notamment par la mise à disposition de son ouvrage Gotha Noir de France, favoriser un dialogue professionnel entre les différentes communautés culturelles françaises et combattre des préjugés qui demeurent et pénalisent le développement économique de notre pays. Convaincus de la volonté des secteurs publics et privés, le Club Efficience, à l’instar des initiatives lancées depuis plusieurs années aux Etats-Unis et au Canada, organise le premier Gala de Charité dédié à la promotion de la diversité.

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Sandrine Joseph elected as Secretary General at European Professional Women’s Network

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The Presidents and leaders of the 17 City European Professional Women’s Network (EuropeanPWN) elected a new Board on Jan 22, 2010. The two day General Meeting was hosted in Barcelona, part of the federation since 2008. In addition to formal elections, the leaders exchanged ideas and insights on EuropeanPWN’s evolving vision, strategy and priorities for 2010 and beyond in response to significant growth in the number of networks, activities and strategic partners across Europe.

The assembly elected Marijo Bos and Rieke Smakman as Presidents along with Susanne Forsman-Hey, as Treasurer of the Federation and Sandrine Joseph as, Secretary General. Marijo, Rieke and Susanne served as Presidents of Madrid, Amsterdam and Nice respectively. Furthermore, Monica Pesce will continue in a Federation leadership role as a VP now focusing on Women on Boards, Karine Heckmann as VP New Networks and Ana Baranda and Malika Mir sharing the VP Technology role. Strategic Partnerships will be led by Marijo Bos and Marketing, Public Relations and other appointed leaders will be announced shortly.

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Sandrine Joseph, une femme de tête et d’engagement

I never tire of talking about the accomplishments of my friend Sandrine Joseph in Paris. For one, she is head of talent at Organie. Here is yet another profile of her in the French media:

Cadre supérieur, Sandrine Joseph, 37 ans, se nourrit de défis, de convictions et de son engagement au sein de différents réseaux européens.

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Il est difficile de résumer le parcours de Sandrine Joseph tant il est riche et varié ! Une chose est sûre : elle s’est toujours donné les moyens de sa réussite et de ses ambitions.

Dès 20 ans, elle commence à travailler pour financer ses études (Maîtrise de finances et DEA de stratégie industrielle à la Sorbonne) et fait ses premières armes au sein de la fonction publique : ministère des finances et l’ENA. Mais plutôt que de tenter d’intégrer un grand corps de l’Etat, Sandrine Joseph préfère se tourner vers un cabinet de conseil en stratégie spécialisé dans Internet, un secteur alors naissant.

Repérée et embauchée par France Télécom – Orange en 1998, elle occupe successivement des postes à dominante marketing, finance et technique. « Ce qui me guide et me motive, c’est l’innovation, l’accompagnement du changement et le relationnel. Je recherche les défis et apprécie d’avoir une vision stratégique des choses ». En 2007, elle devient marketing manager au sein de l’incubateur d’Orange (Orange Labs) où elle travaille sur des projets innovants, utilisant à la fois ses compétences en finances et marketing

Read on at the original source and if you can’t read French plug the URL into Google translate!
http://www.maviepro.fr/magazine/vie-pro/sandrine-joseph-une-femme-de-tete-et-d-engagement

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Read on at the original source and if you can’t read French plug the URL into Google translate!
http://www.maviepro.fr/magazine/vie-pro/sandrine-joseph-une-femme-de-tete-et-d-engagement

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Black European Women’s Council Elects its Management Board

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Beatrice Achaleke, President elect of the Black European Women’s Council (BEWC)
BEWC Secretariat details:
Telephone ++43 1 9660 425
E-mail office@blackwomencenter.org
Website http://www.bewnet.eu

Black European Women’s Council Elects its Management Board

Vienna, Austria, 14 April 2009

The third Europe-wide meeting of the Black European Women’s Council – BEWC took place in
Soesterberg/Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 9th-11th of April 2009.

This meeting brought together 31 member organisations of the BEWC from 12 EU Member States. The opening session of the meeting focused on a Capacity Building Conference for BEWC Member Organisations coming from Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The conference started with the development of the BEWC Mission Statement.

“BEWC was defined as a vehicle for the recognition and the visibility of Black Women in Europe, through which they can reach their optimum potential.”

During BEWC General Assembly, participants jointly developed a BEWC strategic plan consisting of a BEWC “elevator pitch” (a focused message concise enough to get across in the length of an elevator ride); funding proposals for a BEWC implementation programme; specific commitments of the working groups; a schedule for the adoption of proposals, resolutions and the election of the Management Board.

On the second day of the BEWC General Assembly, participants and delegates elected the Management Board of BEWC, their alternates. 9 EU Member States are represented on the Management Board of the BEWC.

The first Management Board meeting that followed the elections appointed the Executive team as follows:

President: Beatrice Achaleke (Austria), Vice President: Yvette Jarvis (Greece), Treasurer: Hellen Felter (The Netherlands) and the Secretary: Sandrine Joseph (France).

In her first speech as the newly-elected president, Beatrice Achaleke, reminded BEWC members of the distance the organization had come since the first Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna in 2007, organized in the framework of the EU Year of Equal Opportunities for All. In 2008 during the EU Year Intercultural Dialog, the strategic meeting of the BEWC was also hosted in Vienna, focusing on developing goals and establishing a constitution. That same year, the group officially launched the BEWC in Brussels in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee.

“Today,” Achaleke said, “we have shown our determination and capacity to stand up for the rights of, the recognition and full inclusion of Black Women in their diversity in European debates. The journey within the European Union framework and/or European Commission institutions is still very long, but I am more than convinced, we are ready for the challenge.”

The General Assembly came to a close with a priority plan of action focusing on institutionalising the BEWC in Brussels and defining areas of work for the next few years.

The priorities include:
• Setting up its headquarters equipped with the needed staff in Brussels;
• Capacity building;
• Female empowerment;
• Youth leadership/empowerment strategies;
• Women’s health issues.

Annual reports and data on the situation of Black Women and Communities in Europe. The BEWC intends to achieve these priorities within existing EU and national legal frameworks and programs combined with effective networking, lobbying and partnership with EU institutions and other European and international networks.

The BEWC General Assembly furthermore passed a Resolution with regards to the ongoing European Women’s Lobby’s 50/50 campaign, urging the campaign to take into consideration the diversity of Europe, with particular reference on visible minorities.

Also inline with the Vienna Declaration of Black European Women, a letter of support was drafted to the main opposition political party Fine Gael in Ireland. The BEWC letter of support is in favour of Ms. Benedicta Attoh’s candidate to the upcoming municipal elections in Ireland.

ABOUT BEWC (www.bewnet.eu)
The Black European Women’s Council, BEWC, is a European-wide Umbrella Organisation of Black European Women. Initiated by AFRA and co-organised by TIYE International, the 1st Black European Women’s Congress took in the Framework of the European Year of Equal Opportunities 2007.

The founding partners are:
AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives in Austria
TIYE International, the platform umbrella NGO of National organisations of Black, Migrant and Refugee Women in The Netherlands.

For additional information on the BEWC contact:
Ms. Beatrice Achaleke
BEWC President elect

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