Irish and Dutch join forces to lead the way in international Gender Balanced Leadership 

15 July 2019 Language : English

PWN Global, the leading global network of professionals accelerating gender balanced leadership in business have elected co-presidents Carina Furlong (Kilkenny, Ireland) and Sheila Gemin ( Amsterdam, Netherlands) . 

This international duo has been elected by their fellow city network presidents to serve on the Board of PWN Global as co-Presidents for an initial term of two years.   Timing is perfect as PWN Global launches its inaugural Gender Balanced Leadership Awards that will take place on 10th October 2019 in the renowned 5* Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. This international networking event will bring together 450 gender balance thought leaders to celebrate those who are trailblazing best practice in gender balanced leadership, around the world. The event will be opened by honorary guest, Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland and emcee for the night is news journalist with RTE, Jackie Fox. Just like our newly elected co-Presidents, both women have a proven track record in advocating for gender balanced leadership throughout their respective careers.  


PWN Global understands that gender balanced leadership is no longer simply the ‘right’ thing to do – major research projects have shown, time and time again, that it’s the profitable thing to do. Forward thinking companies and professionals know that putting balanced leadership at the heart of their business strategies will lead to sustainable growth and profit.

Carina Furlong, Co-President, PWN Global Co-President Carina Furlong is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant working with global clients to support the progression of their inclusion and diversity; working parents; and, female leadership development agendas. Carina is a regular contributor to national and global panel discussions on the themes of progressing female talent and balanced leadership. She is fully committed to influencing thought leadership in all of these important areas. Carina is the Managing Director with Talking Talent, an award-winning, global coaching consultancy helping to create inclusive cultures that attract, retain and engage women, men and working parents, and measurably improve business performance. 

“I am privileged and excited by the opportunity to be part of PWN Global’s catalyst for change – continuing to support and drive the gender balanced leadership topic forward, until it is no longer a conversation that we need to have!”

Sheila Gemin, Co-President, PWN Global Co-President Sheila Gemin is a Dutch entrepreneur, technical engineer and an educator on the topic of leadership in the digital context. Having started out in the field of technology with an international consulting firm, she has over 15 years’ experience in leadership development, management and board leadership. Sheila is the founder of The Cycling Academy, a Dutch institute bringing together science and amateur sport, which is now a recognised centre for thought leadership within the Netherlands athletic community. Sheila is a ferocious advocate for women in tech. 

An employee of ATOS, global leaders in digital transformation, Sheila says “Studies examining the impact of women in the workplace, specifically women collaborating on teams and in leadership roles, demonstrates the need for and impact of having more women in technology. Greater gender diversity in technology can impact businesses’ bottom lines. It is a privilege to be part of the PWN Global community and I look forward to continuing my working relationship with Carina in supporting, growing and harnessing our power to deliver real impact in our vision of Gender Balanced Leadership in business and society”

About PWN Global

PWN (Professional Womens Network) Global is a federation of PWN city networks across more than 30 cities worldwide, with over 3,500 members representing 90 nationalities and a community of 60,000+. PWN Global exists to advance gender balanced leadership. We believe that better decision making, economic sustainability and a happier society will be realised only by leveraging 100% of the world’s talent. 

Our 'For Purpose’ volunteer association is creating a movement of professional business people and leaders who aspire to accelerate the current pace of change towards gender balanced leadership.  

Members of PWN Global include women and men, corporate partners, collaborative institutions, academic establishments, other networks, forums and supporters of gender balanced leadership. Our COMMUNITY courageously speaks up and proudly puts our values into practice in our own organisations.

For more information on the PWN Global ‘Gender Balanced Leadership Awards’ go to


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