PWN Vienna - Linkup & Learn: Portable Careers

12 November 2018 18:30 - 21:30 Diplomatic Academy, Music Room

Panel discussion with Martina Koja, Verena Heingärtner, Nora Szücs, Victoria Williams, Amel Derragui Moderators: Karin Schreiner, Claudia Cordie

The topic of Career and Expatriation is a broad one: it includes self-initiated expatriation, international assignments and being a “trailing spouse” when accompanying ones partner.

Today, less and less women (and men) are willing to follow their partners since they tend to set up and continue their own careers. This has an impact on forms of expatriation: commuting within Europe, or short-term assignments.

Those who accompany their expatriate spouses or partners, are often “hidden champions”, since they tend to be highly-qualified but face difficulties in continuing their own professional career.

Women are still under-represented in international assignments. Research has shown that traditional gender roles are an important obstacle to overcome this imbalance.

In our panel discussion, we will address the following questions:

  • What makes women (and men) leaving their home base and look for an international career abroad?
  • Which challenges face female expatriates abroad?
  • How do companies support expat-relocation of their employees?
  • How can companies support accompanying spouses to continue their professional career?
  • How can spouses accompanying their partners make most of their expatriation and transform their experiences in knowledge and career opportunities?
  • “The Trailing Spouse” and the expat community – but what comes after networking and volunteering? Which challenges face expatriate spouses to find a job?

Event details

Diplomatic Academy, Music Room
Favoritenstrasse 15 A, 1040
Member price
€0 per attendee
Non-member price
€15 per attendee


12 November 2018
Linkup & Learn
18:30 - 19:00 Registration & Networking
19:00 - 19:15 Introduction by PWN Vienna's Co-Presidents
19:15 - 20:30 Panel discussion - Portable Careers
20:30 - 21:30 Networking & Refreshments


  • Mrs Victoria Williams
    Vice President and General Manager GlaxoSmithKline VIEW PROFILE
  • Ms Nora Szücs
    Researcher and Lecturer Vienna University of Business and Economics VIEW PROFILE
  • Mrs Martina Koja
    Language Teacher VIEW PROFILE
  • Mrs Verena Heingärtner
    Initiator & Co-Founder VIE LESA (Vienna Local Expatriate Spouse Association) VIEW PROFILE
  • Mrs Amel Derragui
    Business & Marketing Coach, Speaker, Founder of Tandem Nomads Tandem Nomads VIEW PROFILE

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