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Giving women a voice and platform is a powerful driver of economic growth and innovation. The USA–Central Europe Women in Business Summit promises to be the largest and most important event of its kind focused on building transatlantic ties for women in business.

The Summit is supported by the honorary patronage of Central European countries, including Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia, as well as organizations across the United States committed to investing in opportunities for women in business.

Honorary patronage of the Spouse of the President of the Republic of Poland Ms. Agata Kornhauser-Duda


The Summit will bring together Central European and U.S. business leaders, innovators, changemakers, and entrepreneurs on Thursday, October 17 in New York City for a day of invaluable connection, dialogue, and networking in order to:

  • Discuss challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs across Central Europe and the USA
  • Advance entrepreneurial growth into high-demand industries and new markets
  • Strengthen connections and identify career pathways for women in business
  • Showcase innovative leadership initiatives within the business community

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The full day program will showcase leading women entrepreneurs, women-led startups and explore the many challenges and opportunities that exist for women in business, while providing exclusive access to:

  • Insights on market opportunities in the United States and Central Europe
  • Inspiring speakers, dynamic discussions, and engaging presentations
  • High-level meetings with economic and trade representatives
  • One-on-one consultations with industry mentors
  • World class networking opportunities during breakfast and lunch


The agenda can also be accessed via, an audience interaction tool and event partner, the Summit will be utilizing for live polling and Q&A during the event.

  • Agenda

  • Session Breakouts

  • Get an early start on the day over a light breakfast with ample time to make new connections before the opening of the Summit. Hudson River views from the penthouse of the Tribeca Rooftop will provide an inspirational backdrop for the gathering.

  • EMCEE: Mary Pflum-Peterson, NBC News, Author

    • Agata Golubiewska, President & CEO, Polish & American WE
    • Maciej Golubiewski, Consul General of the Republic of Poland
    • Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Investment and Economic Development Poland

  • Laura Maness, CEO, Havas New York. “Leading from the Heart: How Cultivating a Culture of Growth Benefits More than the Bottom Line.”

  • Official government and industry representatives from Central Europe and the United States will provide a high-level overview of economic trends and insight into growth areas, including entrepreneurship and business ownership for women.

    A high-level overview of Central Europe’s economic outlook and spotlight on select trade and investment opportunities in the region. Followed by a Q&A.

    • Dr. Anastasia Xenias, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service; (MODERATOR)
    • Astri Kimball Van Dyke, Senior Counsel, Google
    • Katarina Králiková, Head of Economic and Commercial Section in New York, Embassy of the Slovak Republic
    • Judit Czako, Economic Attaché, Consulate General of Hungary

  • For women in global leadership, what are the unique obstacles and keys to success?

    Part 1: 10:30 – 10:45
    Highlights from Egon Zehnder’s 2018 study “Mind the Gap: A Global Report,” an in-depth look at diversity as a tool for organizational growth. Cynthia Soledad, Head, Diversity & Inclusion Practice, Egon Zehnder

    Part 2: 10:45 – 11:30
    Global Trends and Opportunities: Diversity and inclusion, global mobility and other international drivers supporting the advancement of women in the workplace and sustaining a talent pipeline.

    • Lidia Marcinkowska, Executive Director for Communications, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.
    • Ricarda Lindner, Regional Manager The Americas, German National Tourist Office
    • Lenka Surotchak, Director, Pontis Foundation
    • Hedvig Zsingor, Station Manager, Air France
    • Sylwia Migdal, Leader of Eastern European Business Group, EY
    • Stephanie Lewin, Head of Global Immigration, Envoy Global
    • A.J. Twombly, Manager, LSS SMB/MM Customer Success, LinkedIn
    • Elizabeth Harrow, Vice President, Multicultural Innovation Lab at Morgan Stanley (Moderator)

    Q&A: 11:30 – 11:45

  • 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

  • 12:30–12:45 p.m.
    Reconvene for afternoon sessions

  • A deep dive into funding options for companies at varying stages of growth and in multiple sectors. An overview of the changing financial landscape and important considerations for entrepreneurs and founders. Followed by a Q&A.

    • Susan Stella, Founder, Stella Advisors (moderator)
    • Jana Ševčíková, Director, Corporate Banking, KBC Bank
    • Abigail Hunter-Syed, VP Operations, LDV Capital
    • Jo Ann Corkran, Managing Partner, Golden Seeds LLC
    • Edit Fodor, Head of New York Representation Office, Central Bank of Hungary in NY
    • Lucinda Sadrian, Managing Principal, Capital Navigation Strategies
    • Angenette Meaney, Program Director, Start Path Global, Mastercard

  • Hear the stories of entrepreneurs in tech whose innovative ideas are shaking up their industries. Tech disruptors discuss their journeys to success and personal insights on why business needs more women in tech. Followed by a Q&A.

    • Toan Huyhn, Venture Partner, Information Ventures (moderator)
    • Alaina Percival, Founder, Women Who Code
    • Martina Šturdíková, SVP, Head of Marketing Engineering, Pimco
    • Agnieszka Cywka, Business & IT Solutions Manager, Comarch
    • Emily Conrad, Co-Founder & President, Tessellate Studios
    • Elizabeth Kiehner, Design Principal, IBM

  • Stories and insights from top women-led startups—how they grew their businesses, unique challenges they encountered, and what they should have done differently. Hear their successes, failures, and lessons learned first hand. Followed by a Q&A.

    • Nancy Ploeger, Executive Vice President, International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation
    • Johanna Joch, VP, General Manager, Speechagain
    • Ivana Hronová, Principal Cofounder, Travel A la Carte
    • Magda Kordon, CEO and Founder, intoDNA
    • Eva Baskova, CEO & Co-Founder, Event Advisor; Co-Founder, Trust Women Slovakia
    • Lujza Bubanova, Founder, YouFirst
    • Zsuzsanna Gedeon, Chief of Staff, GIVZ

  • Jennifer Clinton, President + CEO, Cultural Vistas

    Silvio Gonzato, Ambassador and Deputy Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

  • An opportunity for one-on-one meetings with professional coaches, industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Please come early to reserve your spot.

  • One-on-one meetings with trade and investment representatives from our partner countries.  Breakout sessions are limited to eight people per topic and are first-come first-serve. Please register early to guarantee your spot.


We are pleased to feature a diverse range of expert speakers, including successful American and Central European women entrepreneurs and innovative leaders across the fields of business, government, social impact, and more!


The USA- Central Europe Women in Business Summit is supported by a group of corporate sponsors that are committed to enhancing the role of women in business and promoting their career and business growth in Central Europe and the USA. Thank you for your dedication and making this incredible summit possible.

For more detailed information on Summit sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.


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Tribeca Rooftop
2 Desbrosses St, New York, NY 10013

The summit will take place in the penthouse of the Tribeca Rooftopa chic industrial event venue in a 1920’s printing press building nestled on a cobblestone street in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods.

The location is easily accessible by public transportation.