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Women in Leadership (WIL) Initiative

About Women in Leadership Initiative

Women in Leadership is an EHL initiative with a focus on projects regarding women, and on a wider scale the initiative aims to promote leadership, culture, and policies that foster diverse, balanced, and people-focused environments. It strives so that our students, faculty, staff, and alumni can lead fulfilled professional and personal lives.

Given the substantial untapped female leadership potential across the world, we believe that women aspiring to create a positive impact in organizations and society should be empowered to attain their vision and contribute to leadership diversity.

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    The WIL Initiative Promotes

    1. INFORMATION: by raising awareness, disseminating state-of-the-art knowledge, debating ‘off-limits’ topics and sharing experiences and best practices
    2. ACTION: by accompany promising individuals for growth, expanding network and opportunities for development, developing tailored solutions for companies, and creating innovative women-related projects

      Themes Covered

      • Leadership diversity and inclusion
      • Women in hospitality, women and entrepreneurship
      • Networking, mentoring, coaching, championing women
      • Flexible work arrangements, managing work and family, parenthood
      • Talent management, pay equity, sexual harassment
      • Women’s careers, dual-career couples, expatriation


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        WIL Team

        • Dr Sowon KIM, associate professor and founding member of the EHL Women in Leadership Initiative
        • Meloney BRAZZOLA, Director of Communications, EHL
        • Valerie DE CORTE, Global Alliance & Partnership Director, EHL
        • Alexia MUTEKE-CEPPI, Senior Consultant at EHL Advisory Services


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          WIL Team spirit
          WIL Ambassadors

          WIL Ambassadors are industry professionals who support our initiative and whose mindset, attitude, behaviors and actions in their own respective companies reflect the values of WIL.

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            WIL Projects

            Our current project entails developing an app that aims to ensure a safe study and work environment for our EHL students. This project involves the engagement and collaboration of a taskforce of 9 EHL students and our Chief Digital Officer Julia Aymonier and her team.  

              WIL Alumni Award

              On Nov 4, 2019, the EHL Alumni Network (AEHL) gathered at Chaplin’s World in Vevey for the 7th Annual AEHL Award Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our alumni across the world.

              This year’s event saw the first bestowal of the Woman in Leadership Award. Speaking at the event, Valérie de Corte, Global Alliance & Partnership Director, said: “As an active member of the EHL Women in Leadership initiative, I am particularly proud to introduce this new award which we hope will inspire future generations of students and alumni”.

              The WIL award went to : Michelle Walder AEHL ’08.

                WIL Events

                The WIL initiative at EHL organizes regular expert conferences and workshops on the Lausanne campus for its students, faculty, and staff. We also welcome our alumni and industry professionals.

                Program 2019-2020

                • Oct. 22, 2019 at 4.15 pm and 6.30pm - WIL Expert Workshop Series
                  Let’s talk about Sexual Harassment
                  Guest speaker: Ivana Busljeta, Director of Global Education, Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVP)

                  The workshop is designed to help you understand what sexual harassment is and provide you with tools that enable you to prevent or cope with such a situation. What does it take to start talking about it? What does it take to stand up for yourself even when you think you can't? What does it take to have the courage to protect and stand up for others…even when you’re all alone? Not easy questions to answer, but still questions that we need to start answering. Let's explore together.

                • Oct 14, 2019 at 4.30pm – supported by WIL Workshop Series
                  Realities of the Labor Market

                  The Women’s Business Society (WBS) in collaboration with the Women in Leadership initiative (WIL) presents a workshop on the realities of the labor market. The workshop is animated by OtherWise9 certified coaches. How to navigate in the professional world? Come discover employability 4.0 and learn some tips and tricks.

                Program 2018-2019

                • June 3, 2019 at 5.30 pm - WIL Panel Series
                  (co-organized with Entrepreneurship Panel Series)

                  Women-led Businesses: Getting the Female Founder's Perspective
                  Panelists: Laurence Stoll, Founder & CEO of Marquise Technologies, Johanna Roussel Co-founder & CEO of Skwoll, and Magda Oltean, Co-founder & Account Director of Minthical

                  Increasingly, women are creating their start-ups, owning businesses, and turning them into successful companies. Yet, diving into entrepreneurship is a trajectory filled with challenges. What are the toughest trials and how to cope with them? How to build on past success to attain an exponential effect?  What are the key lessons learned? Based on their experiences, our panelists will share their insights and advice in leading businesses. 

                • May 25, 2019 at 6 pm. - WIL Expert Series
                  Human Trafficking and the Hotel Industry: How to Combat this Crime Against Women

                  Guest speaker: Prof. Dr Maureen Brookes, Associate Prof. at Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Oxford Brookes University

                  Human trafficking is a rapidly growing criminal activity.  The Global Slavery Index (2018) identifies that there are 40.3 million global victims of modern slavery and that 71% of these victims are women. The hotel industry is increasingly recognized as being vulnerable to human traffickers and therefore as having a role to play in combatting this heinous crime. Drawing on European Commission funded research, this presentation is designed to help industry professionals, educators and students to understand why hotels are vulnerable to human trafficking and to identify the critical intervention points within hotels where signs of trafficking can be spotted and barriers erected. It will introduce a range of resources that hoteliers and educators can use to take a lead role in combatting human trafficking in order to protect their business and support victims

                • May 2, 2019 at 6.30 pm - WIL Expert Series (co-organized with EHL Presents)
                  Leadership Diversity at Accor

                  Guest speaker: Maud Bailly, Chief Digital Officer of Accor

                  “Diversity is a powerful driver of collective performance: it is important to involve women & men, seniors and juniors, people from different backgrounds and managers at the highest level to set an example. Promoting gender diversity is everyone’s duty regardless of their own gender. And this is the main ambition of the RiiSE, our internal diversity network at Accor.” (M. Bailly)

                • Jan 15, 2019 at 4.30 pm - WIL Workshop Series
                  Expanding Your Influence Workshop

                  Guest speaker: Alexia Muteke-Ceppi, Senior Consultant at EHL Advisory Services

                  The workshop is designed to share tips and techniques that enables you to learn how to build your influence by applying these principles to any number of (business) interactions, from managing, mentoring and negotiating to conversations, writing and presentations.

                • Nov 13, 2018 at 12 pm - WIL Workshop Series
                  Building Self-Confidence Workshop

                  Guest speaker: Dr Paul Vanderbroeck, Executive Consultant, Visiting Professor at EHL and LUISS Business School Rome

                  The workshop is designed to provide insights into what being a confident and authentic leader means recognizing that each individual is different and using it to one's advantage.

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