Full house at sixth Ladies Seminar

The sixth edition of the Ladies Seminar was held with more than 50 participants in attendance, under the topical theme of Success with Leadership-Gender balance.

After a brief welcome by FIS Development Programme Expert Josef Zenhäusern, participants were treated to two excellent key note addresses. Petra Gantnerova, Head of International Relations for the Slovak Olympic Committee presented the outcome of the Erasmus Project, which aimed to provide skills to up-and-coming female leaders in sports.

Nese Gundogan, Secretary General of the Turkish Olympic Committee presented the extensive actions that have been taken in Turkey to improve gender quality.

Following the two speeches, three case studies were presented highlighting how female leaders in the FIS Family made their way to leadership positions within the ski family. Anna Harboe Falkenberg, President of the Danish Ski Association, Patricia Anguita Garreton, President of the Chilean Ski and Snowboard Federation, and Irina Achba, General Secretary of the Georgian Ski Federation all presented their paths to leadership and provided very helpful insights on how females can move into leadership roles.

The Seminar concluded with reflections from Sarah Lewis, FIS Secretary General who thanked the presenters for their excellent insights and hard work and dedication to be role models for this and future generations of female leaders.