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International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge

IWEC Annual Conference · Madrid · Nov. 13-15, 2022

The International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) will hold its 15th Annual Conference in Madrid on Nov. 13-15, 2022. The theme of the 2022 conference is Connecting Women Businesses Globally: The Transformational Power of Women in Business.

A new world of opportunities has arisen following the COVID-19 pandemic. Opportunities that are emerging across sectors, driven especially by globalization and digitalization, creating new business models and new ways to work.

At IWEC, we know that women’s leadership is key to developing these opportunities and transforming them into value. The transformational power of female leadership is in itself a resource that can and will make an impact on the economy and society.

IWEC this year will bring together in Madrid women entrepreneurs and business owners from all around the world. Participants will combine their knowledge and strengths in an empowered network, in order to overcome challenges and uncover opportunities. Today’s increasingly fast-paced business world requires leadership with vision and strategy, capable of spotting possibilities as they arise.

Our conference this year has been designed to reflect these areas of opportunity while celebrating the talented new award winners who join the IWEC community.

We are also thrilled to propose the Young Talent Program, which consists of parallel academic sessions on day 2 addressed to the daughters and sons of our IWEC community.

IWEC is dedicated to developing a global network of successful women business owners. We bring together female entrepreneurs who are already in the global marketplace and want to expand, as well as those looking to branch out internationally. Headquartered in New York City, we work with approximately 50 international chambers of commerce and women’s business organizations.

Organized by:

CaixaBank IESE Business School


Registration fees

Early Bird
until July 15th
(only 100 available)
Regular Fee
July 15 - Sept 15
Late Registration
Sept 16-Nov. 1
2020 & 2021
Awardees Fee
Young Talent Program


18:00 – 20:00 – Welcome Reception hosted by CaixaBank

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00 – 9:30 – Introduction

IWEC, Chamber of Commerce of Spain, IESE

9:30 – 10:10 – Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization after the Pandemic

Chaired by Prof. Pedro Nueno

10:15 – 10:55 – Awardees Recognition

10:55 – 11:35 – Coffee Break

10:55 – 11:35 – The ESG Agenda (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Enlightened by Different Sectors

11:35 – 12:15 – Awardees Recognition

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 – Family Business Changing their World

Chaired by Prof. Marta Elvira

14:45 – 15:15 – Awardees Recognition

15:30 – Departure to Hotel

TBC Afternoon – Networking Session

8:30 – 9:00 – Welcome Coffee

9:00 – 9:30 – Institutional Opening

9:30 – 10:10 – Global Economy

Key note by Prof. Núria Mas

10:15 – 10:55 – Leading from Adversity

Chaired by Prof. Santiago Álvarez de Mon

10:55 – 11:35 – Coffee Break

10:55 – 11:35 – From Cash to Digital Currencies

Chaired by CaixaBank

11:35 – 12:15 – Growing Up: Interesting Business Cases

Chaired by Prof. Julia Prats

12:15 –  Departure to Museo Del Traje

13:00 – 13:45 – Fashion and Sustainability

Chaired by Prof. Teresa Sádaba

13:45 – 15:30 Lunch

15:30 – 16:30 – Optional Visit to the Museum

15:30 – 16:30 Departure to Hotel

19:30 – 20:00 – Departure to Palacio de Santoña

20:00 – 22:00 Gala Dinner hosted by Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Discovering Opportunities Through Networking

Carlos Amela, Associate Director, IESE Career Development Center

Abstract: Opportunities are not static. They are constantly evolving the more the environment changes and the more people capitalize on them… or not. We’re used to simply searching for a topic of interest on our laptop or phone to see what’s out there. This can produce relevant results, but it may not be the most effective action to take. Discovering true opportunities comes through contacting real people and building relationships with them so that you learn about new possibilities from firsthand sources and are ready to seize them. In this session, join Carlos Amela from IESE’s Career Development Center as he shows you exactly how to network to discover those valuable opportunities.

Steering Committee