Polish edition of Women’s Integrated Network at Cushman & Wakefield
The first inaugural meeting of the Polish edition of Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) for the employees of global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield was held on 6 February 2020. This proprietary initiative was created to develop and support young talents, particularly women, early on in their careers. In addition to networking opportunities within and outside the organisation, team members also participate in mentorship and education programs that help them acquire specialist expertise and fast track their professional development. The Women’s Integrated Network events are held under the patronage of Forbes Woman.
Diversity is one of our core values and an important part of our corporate culture. We want to nurture our diversity and increase the awareness of our employees, because it is diversity that makes us a valuable community. WIN has been launched in Cushman & Wakefield’s offices worldwide. I am pleased that being a WIN representative in Poland I will have an opportunity to share my experience and actively support employees in their development, particularly women taking their first steps in business, says Anna Górska-Kwiatkowska, Partner, Head of Landlord Representation, Office Agency, Cushman & Wakefield, leader of the Polish edition of WIN.
The first inaugural educational and networking meeting was held in Cushman & Wakefield’s office in Warsaw on 6 February and hosted inspiring lectures about building a personal brand and the courage of business leaders. Guests included two outstanding motivational speakers. The first theme was explored by Joanna Malinowska-Parzydło, who provides professional guidance to people and companies in personal and reputation capital management based on her own concept of a personal brand. Joanna Chmura, who is responsible for training and coaching projects in Poland, the Netherlands and Denmark, talked about courage in business and other matters. She is the first certified The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ facilitator in Poland, and in January 2017 – as the only European – she joined the team of 15 international facilitators of Brave Leaders Inc. in response to the invitation by Brené Brown.
We are already thinking about other WIN initiatives and undertakings. We hope to create together an educational platform and roll out attractive development programs for female colleagues at Cushman & Wakefield,”comments Anna Górska-Kwiatkowska.
In 2020, an in-company mentorship program will also be rolled out as part of WIN in cooperation with Kingmakers for Cushman & Wakefield’s leaders to share their expertise and experiences. Mentors will include: Krzysztof Misiak, Zuzanna Paciorkiewicz, Anna Górska-Kwiatkowska, Paweł Rowicki, Beata Kokeli, Mira Kantor-Pikus, and Ian Scattergood, and more will be announced later.
WIN perfectly ties in with the local strategy for talents. Cushman & Wakefield wants to offer #poprostu and #poludzku a friendly workplace based on a holistic approach to employees, their development, health and well-being.
Each of us is different, we have different talents, experiences and views. Organisations that choose to build a business growth strategy around such an important pillar as diversity will gain a competitive advantage in the long run. Being aware of that, our company decided to launch the Women’s Integrated Network initiative to which we perversely also invited our male colleagues. This project aims to build a community whose members at grassroots level will sometimes pause to talk about important matters, share their experiences and support one another in growth, says Kinga Bloch, Partner, HR Director, Cushman & Wakefield.
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