The more things change, the more they stay the same.
I’d always attributed that line to a song I’d heard from the 70s, but apparently it’s really much older than my musical memory. It is a translation of Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s epigram "plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose" (Les Guêpes, January 1849).
Why am I getting philosophical? Because as I get ready to tell you about the 6th edition of an annual event, there are some changing program names; but, the focus and goals of those programs are staying the same. So, let’s dive in!
First, I’m excited to announce that our sixth annual Dell for Entrepreneurs Women’s Summit, formerly known as the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Conference, is convening June 28-30, 2015, in Berlin, Germany. Previous locations for this global gathering have included Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi, Istanbul, and most recently, Dell’s hometown of Austin, Texas.
It’s an invitation-only conference that will connect more than 200 of the world’s top female entrepreneurs, business leaders and media to share insights and best practices as part of a vibrant entrepreneurial community. Speakers at the 2015 summit will include leading female CEOs, founders and thought leaders that will be announced closer to the event.
But, the event has never been all that DWEN represents, and the name change makes that more visible. The network itself continues to support and nurture a community of female entrepreneurs by providing access to technology, networks and capital.
“It’s not just all kumbaya,” Eileen Gittins, president and CEO, Blurb Inc. says in the video below from our 2014 event. “It’s actionable, evidenced-based research that says try this, utilize these skills in your business.”
The research Gittins refers to is the only global index to measure high-potential female entrepreneurship based on individual aspirations, business environments and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Building off this research we commissioned in the past two years, Dell will announce the findings of the 2015 Women Entrepreneur Leaders Index (formerly the Gender-GEDI Index) at Dell for Entrepreneurs Women’s Summit in Berlin.
And again, while the name may change, the aim of the study remains the same. Created in partnership with top researchers and experts, the 2015 research will compile data from 30 countries and is designed as a diagnostic tool for countries to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
One of the top five countries in which to be a female entrepreneur out of the 30 countries surveyed last year was Germany, so it was a logical choice for the next Summit. Germany has become a global source for innovation and Berlin’s 3.4 million residents make it the country’s largest city and a thriving center for culture, politics, science and media.
“I am thrilled that Berlin will be the host city for the sixth annual Dell for Entrepreneurs Women’s Summit. We look forward to sharing our entrepreneurial experience with the delegates and discussing the critical role that technology plays in future growth. After all, it’s not just good for business, but necessary for innovation,” said Doris Albiez, vice president and general manager, Dell Germany.
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