GTWN International Board Members gather at Satellite 2024 in Washington D.C.

GTWN Co-Founders Ambassador Diana Dougan, (also the initiator of our GTWN “Bring a Mentee” program to our events), Laureen Cook, and Candace Johnson joined with other GTWN International Board Members, Sallye Clark and Dora Petranyi to welcome Her Excellency Ambassador Nicole Bintner from Luxembourg, home to SES, the world’s largest satellite system and Women Space  Executives and mentees attending the Satellite 2024 conference in Washington D.C. at the world-famous Cosmos Club, an intellectual social club boasting 36 Nobel Prize Winners. The group, which gathered around a wonderful dinner to take stock of the latest geopolitical and technology trends affecting the Space and TMT industry, all the while sharing their many times ground-breaking initiatives in bringing positive generative AI to schools, Frequency Regulation, New Space satellite manufacturing, Space Situational Awareness, Call identity to stop unwanted phone calls, satellite frequency management, included: Ambassador Diana Dougan:  **  Diana Lady Dougan has served in senior policy and management positions for more than three decades, including appointments to Senate-confirmed positions by both Republican and Democratic presidents. Profile: H.E. Ambassador Nicole Bintner Currently Ambassador of Luxembourg to the United States and previously Ambassador to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, Special Envoy for the Sahel, United Arab Emirates, DCM to Bangkok and China. LI: Candace Johnson:  ** LI: Dora Petranyi:  ** Dóra is a partner and CEE Managing Director at CMS and Co-Head of the Technology, Media and Communications Group (TMC). She also heads the TMC, Data Protection and Intellectual property (IP) practices, and [...]


GTWN launches Call to Action for Digital Inclusion for All and honors 3 Industry Pioneers – Martin Cooper, Dr. Michael Short and Candace Johnson

27 February 2023: At its traditional Welcome Cocktail on the opening evening of Mobile Congress, the GTWN honored three industry pioneers and issued a Call to Action for Digital Inclusion for All in the iconic and elegant Golden Hall of the medieval Casa Llotja in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. GTWN International Board (L-R) Dora Petranyi, Bridget Cosgrave, Keri Gilder, Janice Hughes, Michele Merrell, Victoria Hernandez, Candace Johnson, Viviane Reding, Lucy Lombardi, Jessie McLeman, Myla Villanueva, Isabelle Paradis, Sallye Clark, Leticia Latino, Ana Tavares- Lattibeaudiere and Laureen Cook   GTWN Welcome Cocktail 2023 guests   GTWN President Keri Gilder paid tribute to the father of the cellular phone, Martin Cooper, ( for not only for having developed the cellular phone and made the first call from a cell phone 50 years ago, but also to him and his wife, Arlene Harris for having continued to enable the acceptance of the cell phone by adding services and features to make it be one of the biggest factors in bringing about social and economic wellbeing to citizens around the world. Martin Cooper It was particularly fitting and poignant for the GTWN to launch its Call to Action for Digital Inclusion for All, ( ) together with the GSMA in the presence of its CEO and Board Member, Mats Granryd and Claire Sibthorpe, who is Head of Digital Inclusion in the Mobile for Development (M4D) team at GSMA. Mats Granryd Claire Sibthorpe   The GTWN then called Dr. Mike Short[1]to the podium to be honored [...]


GTWN Call to Action to ensure Digital Inclusion for All

GTWN has launched a Call to Action to all stakeholders to work to close the digital gap and ensure meaningful digital connectivity for all, especially women. After years of progress towards women’s equal digital inclusion, we are now seeing a slowdown and, in some countries, a reversal.  Women are now 16% less likely than men to use mobile Internet across low and middle income countries, which equates to 264 million fewer women than men using mobile Internet. Significant and coordinated efforts are urgently needed to reduce the gender gap and ensure that women can participate fully in a more digitised society. Download a copy


GTWN congratulates Doreen Bogdan-Martin on her election as ITU Secretary General.

Election heralds a new era for Universal Meaningful Connectivity. Cologne, 03 October 2022:  The GTWN, the Global Women's Telecommunications Network, congratulates Doreen Bogdan-Martin on her  election as Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). GTWN is the world's premier network of women C-Level executives bringing about "The Changing Culture of Communications...from Generation to Generation." Four years ago, the GTWN was one of the primary supporters and promoters of Ms. Bogdan-Martin's candidacy for Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau.  As chief architect of ITU's development work, Bogdan-Martin then proceeded to champion programs for digital transformation to achieve economic prosperity, job creation, skills development, gender equality, and socio-economic inclusion, as well as to build circular economies, and reduce climate impact. Thirty years ago, the GTWN started a new era in our sector when we championed "The Changing Culture of Communications" and then added 15 years later, "..from Generation to Generation" for our slogan. "Bogdan-Martin's stated goal for 'Universal Meaningful Connectivity' as she begins her new role as the first-ever female ITU Secretary General resonates powerfully with the values and purpose of the GTWN", remarked Keri Gilder, GTWN Global President.  "The GTWN looks forward to working together with her and her colleagues to achieve this goal", concluded Gilder. Contact: Keri Gilder, GTWN Global President Vicki Macleod GTWN Secretary General Marge Salem GTWN Business Manager


The GTWN explores Networks for the Universe at Mobile 360 in Singapore

  GTWN Founding President Candace Johnson and Secretary-General Vicki MacLeod are joining with partners from GSMA at Mobile 360 APAC Diversity in Tech on 2 August 2022 to deliver a discussion panel on Networks for the Universe. We will explore how women leaders in the industry are working together across connectivity and content to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and growth across all networks – fixed, mobile, space, services, cloud, finance, etc – to deliver on the promise of full digital transformation. The panel of experts includes Susan Brazer, CEO & Founder, LionShare Media; Lynette Tan, CEO, Singapore Space and Technology Ltd; Dr Anna Yip, CEO Consumer, Singtel; Jaya Deshmukh, EVP Strategy and Transformation, Colt; Sheena Jacob, Partner and Head of IP at CMS Holborn Asia; Shweta Jain, APAC Head of Business Development, Media and Entertainment at AWS; and GTWN Board Member Rosalia Gitau, CEO and Co-Founder of My Bixie.  The discussion will be followed by a reception and networking event sponsored by Kacific Broadband Satellites. A summary of the outcomes of this panel discussion, and additional  material will be available soon.


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 [...]

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