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Women Empowerment in Business and Sports

Cycling is the new golf - this event offers an unique combination of sports, networking and conversations. Join Janine Marty, Emma Pooley, Martin Elmiger and Dominique Christen for an evening to remember.

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Women Empowerment in Business and Sports
Women Empowerment in Business and Sports

Time & Location

19 Aug 2021, 16:00

Zug, Schweiz

About the event

After months of online-meetings we propose a relaxing, but also active way to network, learn and have fun. The ride is suitable for all fitness levels and the key objective is to learn the power of sports for networking and leadership skills. The year 2021 has important milestones for women empowerment in sports and business - time to learn more.

The UN Global Compact believes that all businesses stand to benefit from gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Our ride will combine physical activity and interesting insights. We will hear from women in sports and businesses, what sports means for them. A former professional cyclist offers an insight on what sports has taught him. We will get lots of opportunities to exchange ideas in an informal setting on and off our bicycles.

Join us for a new and different experience for business sustainability and enjoy the company of old and new friends! We warmly welcome men to participate as well. 

We organise this event in collaboration with Women in Sustainable Finance (WISF) and Professional Women's Network Zug & Zurich

Costs: 30 CHF contribution fee


Total length of tour: 25 km, flat and suitable for all fitness levels

15:45: Meeting at Eisstadion (Bossard Arena), General-Guisan-Strasse 4, 6303 Zug

16:00: Start with our tour guide Janine Marty

17:00: Time for refreshments. Input Emma Pooley: Equality and inclusion in sport and what business can learn from it

             Stop on the way back with short inputs from companies: women in business – potential and roles: Dominique              Christen, VP Bank

18:30: Apéro at Restaurant Meating , Grafenweg 6 in Zug and input from Martin Elmiger

             Dinner for those who want to continue the networking (on own costs)

The postponement date in case of bad weather would be the 26.08.2021.

Short Bios:

Emma Pooley

Emma Pooley was a professional cyclist for 9 years, winning the time trial World Championships in 2010 as well as 5 further cycling medals at Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games for Great Britain. She was known as a climber and solo breakaway specialist and earned a reputation as an outspoken campaigner for more gender equality in road cycling.

For much of her cycling career Emma worked part-time alongside training and racing, as a researcher in geotechnical engineering at ETH Zürich. She says the completion of her PhD was harder than any race. After retiring from professional sport in 2018, Emma spent a year as a presenter at the YouTube channel GCN. She now works as a freelance coach, consultant, and writer in cycling and sports engineering. In her “spare” time she is studying dentistry at the University of Zürich, having taken the decision to follow her long-held dream of a vocation in healthcare.

Janine Marty:

Janine started racing when she was about 10 years old. At the same time, she joined the RMV Cham-Hagendorn cycling club, where she still actively helps out with the children as a bike coach. She participated in races up to the elite category. After this very active time Janine got on her bike just for fun and started to organize and lead downhill/freeride camps for women. Currently she is an ambassador for Swiss cycling and leads weekly women's rides in Zug with the goal of mobilizing as many like-minded people as possible for cycling. It's not about the competition but about creating a protected community, where women feel comfortable, can exchange ideas about cycling or anything else.

Martin Elmiger:

Martin has a passion for cycling through nature on quiet back roads and for exercises on his bike. The 17 years as a professional cyclist  at the highest level have clearly shaped Martin. He enjoys sharing his experiences in and out of the peloton and loves motivating people to go above and beyond.

Dominique Christen: 

Dominique has been Head of Group HR at VP Bank since 2018. Previously, he held HR positions at Credit Suisse, KPMG and Swisscom. Dominique likes to spend his free time with his family and doing sports (triathlon, racing bike).

This event is supported by Deloitte and EUREX.

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