The new Women’s Forum was inaugurated Tuesday at an event at the University of Luxembourg in Limpertsberg, which drew both women and men wanting to improve their knowledge of starting a business in Luxembourg and eventually growing globally, balancing work-and-life, having the courage to take risks, embrace failure and restarting again with confidence.
Introducing the evening, Dr Erica Monfardini, director of administration at the University of Luxembourg, highlighted the importance of setting one’s own definition of work-life-balance. She underlined that in order to excel, “it’s important to understand what driving forces bring us the most pleasure and inspiration to reach the lane of success”.
Starting from rock bottom
Guest keynote speaker Madi Sharma, European Economic and Social Committee, Women in Trade and Founder at Madi Group, started by asking participants to write down their reasons for being happy.
Mrs Sharma recalled her journey to success, which began from rock bottom. “I was lying on the floor after my husband had severely beaten me. I had to get up and walk out. I had to pick up my two children and take them with me. I had nothing. No qualifications. No skills. No registered competencies. No money. No opportunities. Nothing. I started cooking in my little kitchen. Slowly and slowly I started building a great food business. Soon the kitchen became too small for the 6 ladies working with me,” she said.
For Madi, “learning, networking and searching for mentorship” are key in the path to successful entrepreneurship.
This statement was endorsed by Genna Elvin, Co-Founder at Tadaweb, who became an entrepreneur at the age of 17, and co-founded another company at the age of 22. At the heart of her business philosophy is courage, team work and human values such as mutual respect.
Platform for women
The first project of the IBCL women’s forum, led by Chair Shweta Kumari and Vice-Chair Renu Gupta, will be to provide a platform for women entrepreneurs to break out of their cocoon and turn their business ideas into reality.