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GTWN celebrates its 27th year at the historic Silk Museum in Barcelona

The Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN) held its traditional Welcome Reception on the evening of Monday 25 February to mark the start of MWC 2019 in Barcelona. The location was the magnificent Casa de la Seda (Silk Museum), which is the only former guild house open to the public and which has more than 300 years of history behind it.


GTWN celebrates its 26th year with a glittering “Night at the Opera” in Barcelona.

GTWN members, colleagues and friends celebrated their annual welcome reception in glittering style at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday 26 February 2018 with a welcome reception in the Hall of Mirrors at the world-renowned Opera Liceu. GTWN Board members were joined by more than 150 VIP guests at the spectacular event, which was generously supported by Platinum Sponsor, Ciena, and Gold Sponsors SES-imagotag and Northstar. Despite the very cold weather outside, guests received a very warm welcome to an evening of networking, discussion and debate around the theme of “Solutions for a complex world”.  Ciena CEO Gary Smith opened the evening by welcoming everyone on behalf of Ciena, saying how pleased he was to support such a wonderful event. He noted that the GTWN and Ciena share a history of more than 25 years of technical innovation and entrepreneurship, with a track record of supporting diversity of leadership and perspective to support these goals.  He then introduced the keynote speaker for the evening, Ciena’s Vice President and General Manager, EMEA, Keri Gilder. Keri explored the evening’s discussion theme of “Solutions for a complex world” from the point of view of the need to always remain open to different perspectives and alternative views when confronted with the challenges of a rapidly changing industry and market. Many people today, she said, are too willing to accept the first data that they see, without questioning the context or the relevance, or indeed whether taking an alternative perspective could provide much needed [...]


Viviane Reding receives GTWN Silver Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award for ground-breaking work in shattering Mobile Roaming Costs, Glass Ceilings for Women on Boards and guaranteeing Data Privacy for EU Citizens

27 February 2017, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona Former European Commission Vice President and European Union Member of Parliament Viviane Reding received the award at the GTWN 25th Anniversary celebration during Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. The Lifetime Achievement Award, the first to be bestowed by the GTWN, recognises Viviane Reding's dedication and ground-breaking work in addressing three major challenges for EU citizens' shattering Mobile Roaming Costs and Glass Ceilings for Women on Boards and guaranteeing Data Privacy for EU Citizens. Ms. Reding's vision of a borderless mobile world for Europe will come into effect finally in June of this year, 13 years after she took on the challenge of shattering mobile roaming costs while she was EU Commissioner of Telecommunication, Information and Media. This stance was often very unpopular with mobile operators but consumers cheered her on and finally, this year the GSMA embraced it whole-heartedly with its Chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal, the billionaire Indian telecoms tycoon, has called calling on the industry to stop fighting attempts by regulators to force down roaming rates and said that mobile companies have created a "disaster" with such high charges. Christian Salbaing Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa The award ceremony took place during the GTWN Silver Anniversary celebration in front of senior industry executives from the world over, including GSMA CEO and Board Member Mats Granryd and GSMA Board Member, Christian Salbaing Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa and representatives from "The Next Generation" which the [...]


GTWN celebrates Silver Anniversary during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

27 February 2017, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona The Global Telecom Women's Network (GTWN) marked its 25th Anniversary at a special gala dinner on Monday 27 February (View the celebration photos here). Present at the gala event were many of the senior executive members of the GTWN Board who have contributed so much over the past decades to the development of the mobile and broader ICT sectors, as well as the role of women as leaders in that industry. Also participating in the celebrations were many senior industry representatives of the GTWN sponsor organisations who over the years have made the GTWN events and other activities possible. These included the GTWN Silver Anniversary Dinner sponsor iTalent, whose CEO Renee LaLonde was also acknowledged as a role model for women led business and Every European Digital, whose founder Bridget Cosgrave is also GTWN Global President. A focal point of the celebration was the awarding of the inaugural GTWN lifetime achievement award to Viviane Reding, former Vice President of the European Commission and current European Union Member of Parliament (see related press release). Christian Salbaing, GSMA Board Member and Deputy Director Hutchson Whampoa gave an appreciation of Ms. Reding from an operator's perspective. Throughout the evening the GTWN paid hommage to all of the speakers, sponsors, members, senior executive and "next generation" women who have made and continue to make the TMT industry the most exciting, most impactful, and fastest growing industry in the world. Special guest, Mats [...]


GTWN Welcomes Leaders of the Mobile Industry to the Palau Guell, Barcelona, at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress

22 February 2016, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona More than 200 senior executives from the Mobile Telecommunications, Digital Media and IT industries were welcomed to the GTWN/MWC Cocktail held at Palau Guell on the evening of 22 February 2016 to network, discuss and debate the future of mobile telecoms as it transforms every part of our lives and societies. This year, the GTWN Welcome Cocktail was generously sponsored by rising Silicon Valley women-led IT consultancy and talent management company, iTalent. The GTWN Welcome Cocktail has become a special feature of the calendar for thought leaders attending the annual GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the location for the 2016 event, Palau Guell, once again delighted and entranced the invited guests. Palau Guell, which is an urban palace in the heart of old Barcelona, is a UNESCO world heritage listed building and a magnificent example of domestic architecture in the context of Art Nouveau. Designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, it was the first of a series of architectural masterpieces designed for his patron, Eusebi Guell. As an early work, the building contains the essence of Gaudi's later works and is fundamental to understanding his architecture. Gaudi designed a functional palace adapted to the family's needs in both their private life and the intense cultural and social life they led. It was the home of the Guell Lopez family until they moved to Park Guell. The building is noteworthy for its innovative conception of space and [...]


GTWN/MWC Welcome Cocktail 2015 sponsored by TELEFONICA

02 March 2015, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona The GTWN's Welcome Reception at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona brought together more than 200, corporate, telecoms and tech executives, top Government officials and industry analysts to the new Mobile World Centre on the Plaza Catalunya in the centre of Barcelona. The Mobile World Centre, housed in a totally renovated Telefonica building dating from 1928, is a public-private partnership established in late 2014 by Telefonica and the Mobile World Capital Foundation. The setting was an ideal location for the GTWN Reception, bringing together as it does the latest in digital technology, Guests were treated to a multitude of displays of various leading edge applications, demonstrating how digital mobile technology is changing every aspect of the world and our lives. GTWN Members arrive at the Mobile World Centre for the Welcome Reception. From left: Laureen Cook (TMT Lead, IFC, World Bank), Stephanie Liston (Board Member, BT Equality of Access Board) and Susan Major (Co- founder of Davenport Major Executive Search) Our members and guests entered the ground floor digital exhibition area, and climbed the colourful, digitally-lit staircase to the first floor exhibition area, which is populated with displays of various leading edge applications, demonstrating how digital mobile technology is changing every aspect of our world. After the initial networking session, our members and guests were directed by our hosts up to the second floor auditorium, where the discussion forum was chaired by GTWN Global President, [...]


The Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN) launches the “The Changing Culture of Communications” Book

Download the GTWN's 20th Anniversary seminal book on the "Changing Culture of Communications" Press Release 26 APRIL 2014  Download Download the GTWN's 20th Anniversary book, "The Changing Culture of Communications""  Password: GTWN20   ***If having trouble downloading, please email info@gtwn.org to request for a copy. The Global Telecom Women's Network (GTWN) launches the "The Changing Culture of Communications" Book The GTWN's 20th Anniversary was the occasion for the launch of a seminal book published by the GTWN on the Changing Culture of Communications, highlighting the achievements of women in the industry as well as articles by and about these women. One of the key challenges facing the industry, recognised in this collection of essays, is how to encourage the next generation of women to enter the sector and follow their predecessors in contributing to global economic and social development. ***The GTWN Book Download is password protected. If you have not already received your password as a member of the GTWN of if you would like to receive permission to download the book, thank you for kindly requesting a password at info@gtwn.org. To learn more about the GTWN 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner, see the photos, and read the Press Release, please click here


Relive the GTWN MWC Welcome Cocktail with the Launch of “The Mobile Century: Life and Work in the Digital Era” plus Photos and Program from this seminal event.

GTWN/MWC Welcome Cocktail 2014 sponsored by TELSTRA with Co-Sponsors Nextel, Davenport Major Executive Search, and CSPI Welcome Cocktail 24 February 2014, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona More than 200 top Government officials, Corporate and Telecoms Executives streamed into the GTWN/MWC Cocktail held at Palau Moxo, the evening of 24 February 2014 to discuss, confer, and project into the future the world of telecoms as it transforms the globe with the most enabling technology in history. Palau Moxo is Barcelona's only 18th Century palace still in private hands and boasts the largest private collection of Baccarat Crystal in the world. Its magnificent entrance and reception hall with its high ceilings and chandeliers created the perfect setting for the launch of the GTWN's new webzine, "The Mobile Century: Life and Work in the Digital Era" as well as for the Keynote Speeches by European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding, Telstra Chief Operations Officer Kate McKenzie, Chairman NII Holdings (Nextel) Steve Shindler, Mercy Corps Chief Innovation Officer Ann Mei Chang, GTWN Mentoree Esther Bauer and the ensuing remarks and discussions by telecoms experts and visionaries from around the globe. The GTWN was also particularly pleased to welcome Jin Jong Cai, Executive Vice President and CEO of the IFC together with Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation. The evening was introduced by GTWN President Bridget Cosgrave, President of Every European Digital as wellas Janice Hughes, GTWN Co-founder and President of Redshift Strategy Ingrid Silver, GTWN President Europe [...]

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