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"Women with no Excuses“- Panel Discussion on Women's Entrepreneurship Day

On Women's Entrepreneurship Day, 19 November 2014, the Business School PAR in Rijeka held an event "Women with no Excuses."
To start a career as an entrepreneur at the time when crisis is still blamed for as a cause and a consequence of extremely poor development of the economy- is either courageous or foolish. If we add the statistical data which indicates a larger proportion of women registered as unemployed, often with lower wages, underrepresented in entrepreneurial ventures or managerial positions, it is not surprising that women are more reluctant to enter into entrepreneurship.
However, support mechanisms for entrepreneurship and innovation are in the process of being developed. Among them, there are many that focus on women and promote entrepreneurship culture among youth. In addition to the formal mechanisms, usually oriented on financial support, there are a number of associations, initiatives and events that promote positive values, attitudes and experiences of successful women.
One such event, entitled "Women with no Excuses", was held in Rijeka on 19 November 2014, organized by the Business School PAR, a first private institution of higher education in Primorsko – Goranski County. The date was not chosen by chance. The event falls during the 'Women's Entrepreneurship Day', which has spread as a global initiative within the GEW (Global Entrepreneurship Week). The event with an intriguing name and important vision, "Women with no Excuses", promotes positive experiences of successful women from industry, business and diplomacy.
During the panel discussions, nine women talk about their work, careers and their success stories. Along with women who have already established themselves as strong businesswomen, promising young women entrepreneurs introduced themselves as well. The objective of "Woman with no Excuses" is to provide a positive image of women's entrepreneurship and inspire other women to make this significant step forward in their career.
At the first discussion panel, Nansi Tireli, President of the Committee for Gender, Zdenka Lončar, Assistant to Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Tatjana Kesić Šapić, Assistant Director, Sector for industry, Croatian chamber of Economy and Jagoda Vukušić a former Ambassador in Norway the panellists started off with a unanimous message to everybody, especially to women, to involve themselves as much as possible into entrepreneurial and political process and hence become stakeholders in their futures. Each panel member also gave a view on possibilities of entrepreneurship assistance from their respective positions.
On second panel Anja Zambelli Čolak (Creative Director, Zambelli Brand Design), Elizabeta Novaković (ACRO Academic Diary), Valentina Jonjić (CoCo’s Place) and Valinea Vinger (Wood U) presented their products and ideas. They also talked about their own paths in economic life, what obstacles they engaged and how they overcame them. In conjunction with first panel members the message was directed toward day-care centres and the need to implement longer working hours for such institutions.
Third panel members Maja Ljubić,Deputy Director, SEECEL; Alida Perkov, President of BPW and Sofija Šmitran,President of female association KRUG talked about importance of networking and the added value it provides for entrepreneurs. In the end the importance of connection between entrepreneurship and education was discussed with note being on motivation and importance of it for the future generations.
"Women with no Excuses" was held in partnership with the South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL), Croatian Association of Business Women (KRUG) and Business and Professional Women - First Croatian Club Pula. Sponsors of the event were City of Rijeka and Primorsko – Goranski County.
SEECEL uses this opportunity to congratulate women entrepreneurs their day and encourages them to exchange knowledge and experience among themselves and their networks.
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