Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cartier Women's Initiative Awards Week in France

Just returned from an exciting week in France for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards!
 Some pictures of the incredible action-packed week...
 (see next post for photos from The Women's Forum in Deauville, France): 
The Cartier Corner at the Women's Forum:

Presenting Fenugreen to the press and attendees at the Women's Forum...

Set-up  (note demo strawberries preserved by Fenugreen!)

Dress Rehearsal

Evening Awards Ceremony at the Women's Forum (Deauville, France):

Finalists at the ceremony

So many cameras! At times, it felt like we were on a reality TV show...

Bernard Fornas, President and CEO of Cartier, and Aude Zieseniss de Thuin, Founder and Chairman of the Women’s Forum

 Celebratory dinner!


 Cartier Headquarters, where the Paris coaching sessions took place...

It was very inspiring to meet women entrepreneurs from all over the world!

The Women's Forum: Deauville, France

This past week, we attended the Women's Forum in Deauville, France as part of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards. 

The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society was created in 2005 by Aude Zieseniss de Thuin and was was ranked among the top five most influential forums worldwide by the Financial Times in 2007. The exclusive Women's Forum has often been called the "Davos" of women:

As female business and political leaders gathered in this beach resort in Normandy last week for the Women's Forum Global Meeting, an annual conclave that has been dubbed the Davos of women, the number of suits and ties in a sea of colorful female élégance definitely stood out.”
Katrin Bennhold about the Global Meeting 2010, The International Herald Tribune

Entrance to the Women's Forum...

the Exhibition hall...

featuring many luxury brands, including Cartier... 

...and workshops for the attendees during the "Discovery Sessions"

 and a Sephora "Make-up Bar"...

(the chalkboard reads "Advance in Beauty"...)

...and absolutely amazing parties...

the closing dinner featured a private performance by world renowned singer Anjelique Kidjo

and the presentation of scholarships to students from Haiti...

...and "Rising Talents" from around the world 

...culminating in some of the most influential leaders in the world letting loose, forming a conga line and dancing all night. 

It was very surreal.