Community: An international women’s networking group attracted more than 300 participants to its Luxembourg launch.
Photo: Steve Eastwood
After successful starts in the UK, Italy and US, new international women’s networking group Hub Dot launched this week in Luxembourg. The sessions feature ten female speakers from ordinary walks of life, followed by colour-coded networking.
The best moments came from the guest speakers’ “amazing stories that touched people very much”, one of the organisers, Carlotta Benedetti, told Delano following the soirée.
She stated that 350 women participated in the event--which was held Wednesday evening at BoConcept in Bertrange--including those originally from Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain, among other places.
Women from Brussels and Rouen, in western France, came to the Grand Duchy event after reading about Hub Dot in a Times article, Benedetti noted.
In fact, the Luxembourg launch was bigger than the group’s Milan kick-off, which attracted about 300, she added. Premieres in London and Naples drew nearly 500 women each.
Simona Barbieri, the original founder in London, devised the group’s signature system of dots to encourage participants to connect more easily, Benedetti explained in the June print edition of Delano. “The women wear the dots. There are five colours, and every colour has a meaning.”
Hub Dot “is a kind of a ‘piazza’ for women to share something. Because every colour has a directed meaning, you can go where you feel at ease,” Benedetti said.
The next step is for Luxembourg organisers to plan a series of “smaller, thematic events”. They will focus on specific topics, such as the arts or entrepreneurship, and be limited to between 50 and 100 people “because it’s much easier to connect” in a smaller circle.
In the meantime, Benedetti was particularly pleased that the group attracted positive response from international residents and native Luxembourgers alike. For instance, RTL TV originally came for a quick interview at the beginning of the event, but “chose to stay and film all evening”, she said.
Benedetti concluded: “It was a very good event for Hub Dot.”