ELLE BOSS 2016, South Africa

October 6th was held the ELLE BOSS 2016 awards dinner in Johannesburg, a real celebration of excellence through young women rising and making moves in the world of business !

Find out more on ELLE South Africa website: http://www.elle.co.za/elle-boss-2016-awards-dinner-celebration-excellence/
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Spain: ELLE Talks Startup!

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The night of entrepreneurs!

On June 30th, ELLE Spain has celebrated in Madrid a new edition of its now famous Talks and, this time, it was all about entrepreneurship: an evening full of good tips to start the great adventure! Experts spoke about their experience as entrepreneurs, not only in the professional field, but also in private life.

Find more on the event here: http://www.elle.es/revista-elle/mundo-elle/elle-talks-startup

Japan: ELLE Women in Society, 2016 edition

For the 3rd consecutive year, on June 18th, ELLE Japan and ELLE Online organised the ELLE Women in Society event, in Tokyo at Roppongi Academy Hills… And it has been a great success!

Women in Society Japan 2016

Through this one-day forum, ELLE Japan aims to encourage the success of women in Japan by helping them to realize their potential, to improve their performance and by supporting them to achieve work-life balance.

Women in Society Japan 2016 Seminar

1200 ELLE readers have been able to join for free the 7 seminars and 14 workshops organised for them, with testimonials, practical advices and experts speeches from successful professional women or speakers from women-friendly companies, from various domains including luxury, fashion, industry, services, NPO/NGO, IT, health, cooking, design and music.
The astronaut Naoko Yamazaki was one of those prestigious speakers.

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Once again, this 3rd edition of ELLE Women in Society has been really enriching and inspiring.
And rendez-vous is already set for 2017!

ELLE South Africa: 10 questions with feminist researcher, Joy Watson

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With over 21 years of experience, specialising in research  on women in politics, women and governance and violence against women, feminist researcher Joy Watson is one to watch. She recently joined ELLE South Africa as newest guest contributor. Here you get to know her a little bit better: http://www.elle.co.za/10-questions-with-feminist-researcher-joy-watson/

ELLE Active in China!

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Women up! The ELLE Active Forum arrives in China!

This one-day event will be hold on June 6th, at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, with 2 plenary sessions and 4 workshops. 800 attendees are expected, ready to share experiences, ideas and inspiration from various experts.

Stay tuned for the post event report!

ELLE Impact2 Award: the grand final

After weeks of preparations, the nine finalists for the second ELLE Impact2 Awards, gathered in Paris for the winners ceremony held on 7th April, at Paris City Hall.

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ELLE, together with the Comptoir de l’Innovation, are making it their mission to recognise and support female social entrepeneurship worldwide. Last year this initiative was launched in France alone but for its second year, ELLE Impact2 has widened its search for female entrepeneurs to nine countries (Sweden, Canada, the United States, France, India, Italy, South Africa, Belgium and the UK).

The award aims to boost a woman-led enterprise that has awareness for society and female empowerment at the core of its business model. The criteria for the competition searches for start-ups that have tested their products on their consumers and also have the potential for considerable growth. The business model for each initiative, has to demonstrate guaranteed sustainability and also prove that the product is solving a particular social, societal or environmental issue, either on a national or international scale.

JuryAfter the finalists delivered their pitch to the jury – made up of thirteen judges including the President Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris – the panel deliberated the values of each candidate before coming to their final decision. The winner’s prize was awarded to Thato Kgathlhanye, the South African finalist and founder of Repurpose School Bags ; a for-profit social enterprise that makes and personally distributes, innovatively designed schoolbags for students at disadvantaged schools in Africa.

The schoolbags have several special features including a solar panel that charges during the day and turns into a lamp at night, so children have the ability to study in dim light. The material the bags are of is created by fusing together recycled carrier bags, making them sustainable for the planet and water resistant, so children don’t have to worry about their books getting damp when it rains. The distribution of the bags relys on donations from ‘Giving Partners’ who are then welcomed to handover the bags, personally at a school that they have been matched to.

The ELLE Impact2 for Women Award remains loyal to the ELLE brand and the commitment that is attached to women in society.

ELLE Active Forum 2016, Paris

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Fast forward yourself to 2026 and all kinds of questions come to mind; will we be overrun by robots at work? Will we live on our phones? Will we all talk in code? Of course these are exaggerations but the idea of a digital revolution is something we are experiencing now and it is only going to continue to develop, in turn providing women with more opportunities in the workplace.

It was this revolution that inspired the theme for this year’s ELLE Active forum, held in Paris over the 8th and 9th April: “How will we women all work in ten years?”. Continue reading “ELLE Active Forum 2016, Paris”

ELLE Impact2 Award in Milan: Orange Fiber

ELLE Italy and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation announce Orange Fiber, as the winner of the ELLE Impact2 Award* in Italy.

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Most of us wouldn’t look twice at a piece of orange peel left to waste. Enlarge the scale and think of all the industrial waste from citrus fruits in the world and you might reconsider what happens to that piece of peel. 700,000 tons of citrus products, go to waste each year in Italy alone. Orange Fiber wants to transform this waste into a wearable, sustainable and biodegradeable textile, which also endorses the Italian tradition of high quality materials in fashion.

The idea behind Orange Fiber was first proposed by Adriana Santanocito as the subject of her thesis in 2012. The theory was then put into motion with the help of co-founder, Enrica Arena and after patenting the company together in 2013, the first protypes of the fabric were made. Thanks to extenstive research and entrepenerial support, the optimized samples were released in 2015 and this year sees the official launch of Orange Fiber fabric ; a silk like material which can be coloured and printed just like traditional fabrics. The material will be showcased in collaboration with a high-end fashion brand who puts the same emphasis on sustainable products, made in Italy.

It may be just the beginning for Orange Fiber but the brand certainly has a strong vision for the future, thanks to it’s replicable production method. By 2020, Orange Fiber predicts to produce 400,000 metres of fabric from citrus fruits, by using an environmentally friendly process, which could be used the world over. Meaning that the cost of the product could eventually be lowered, putting the material in competition with more polluting fabrics, such as polyester or cotton. The Orange Fiber brand will above all, be recognised for being based on sustainibility and well-being.

As winners of the Award, Adriana and Enrica will attend the ELLE Impact2 Award’s, final in Paris on the 7th April 2016.

Find out pictures of the event on ELLE Italy’s website: http://www.elle.it/Magazine/Elle-Impact2-for-Women-foto-premiazione

* An award for Female Social Entrepreneurship

ELLE UK at the Women of the World Festival

The Festival took place from 8th to 13th of March in London’s Southbank Centre, celebrating women and girls, and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

ELLE UK had to be part of it! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1QUvbXK

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated internationally to commemorate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. It is also a day to remember the struggles women face and honour the accomplishments they have made.

In honour of this day, ELLE South Africa has compiled a list of inspirational quotes from phenomenal women around the globe: http://www.elle.co.za/celebrating-international-womens-day/

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