The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) People and Leadership Group, in partnership with The NETWORK, hosted an inspiring event called “Pearls of Wisdom: From one generation to another” at ATOZ in Luxembourg’s Aerogolf Center in Senningerberg, on Wednesday 8th March 2023, to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The event featured an interview with Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, a renowned Luxembourg politician, who shared her story and insights on how she balanced her career and family life. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges shared her journey from being a professional pianist to her political career while being a mother of three children. Her story kept the audience spellbound, and she stressed the importance of having ideas, believing in them, and pushing through, despite opposition.
In the interview with BCC People and Leadership Vice Chair Claudia Neumeister, Erna Hennicot-Schoepges also talked about the importance of education, especially mathematics, for the equal representation of women in the future world of Artificial Intelligence (AI). She shared her opinion on the idea of a women’s quota, stating that women should be selected for their achievements rather than being the “quota woman.” However, she acknowledged that psychological biases may influence decision-making processes in male-dominated sectors like corporate boards and that quotas may be a temporary “necessary evil.”
Erna Hennicot-Schoepges emphasized that quotas should also exist for men in care professions, where they are underrepresented, and that it should become more normal for men to take parental leave. The Q&A session that followed focused on the message that if you set your heart and mind to something, you can achieve it, regardless of gender.
The event concluded with a raffle for three copies of Languages.lu’s game “Wie sinn ech?” (Who am I?), which features inspiring women in Luxembourg.
In conclusion, the “Pearls of Wisdom” event provided a platform for sharing valuable insights and experiences from successful women, inspiring others to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams. The event highlighted the importance of education, equal representation, and breaking gender stereotypes to create a better future for all.
The event was covered in two media: Delano and The Chronicle
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