Milan Launch for Global Women in PR

GWPR – Connecting Women in PR around the world

MILAN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new international association, linking independent networking groups
of senior women working in PR, is being launched at the forthcoming ICCO
(International Communications Consultancy Organisation) Global Summit in
Milan (October 8th – 9th).

Global Women in PR (GWPR) has been formed to act as an umbrella
organisation to enable groups of senior PR women worldwide to come
together to share ideas, contacts and experiences and to campaign on the
major issues directly affecting women working in the PR industry today.

The development of GWPR is fully supported by ICCO and their President
David Gallagher had this to say about the new initiative “women are the
heart, soul and mind of PR consultancy all over the world, and we at
ICCO are pleased to be associated with GWPR’s ambitious global plans.”

Following the recent success of Women in PR (WPR) in the UK and
its resurgence as a significant and powerful networking organization;
former Joint-Presidents Angela Oakes and Susan Hardwick felt that the
time was right to encourage other countries to form their own WPR

“The widely reported gender pay gap and the lack of women in the
boardroom are two major issues which are not limited to the UK PR
industry, but affect those working in PR worldwide. Coupled with what we
believe to be an important vehicle for senior women to meet in a
non-competitive environment, WPR also offers its members a chance to
help shape the future of the industry and to act as mentors to the next
generation. We want our successful networking blueprint in the UK to be
rolled out globally and are taking the first steps to make this happen,”
commented Angela and Susan.

The launch of GWPR is being supported by Business Wire (a Berkshire
Hathaway company) and a major sponsor of WPR in the UK. “We are
delighted to be supporting this important launch,” said Kim Deonanan
Business Wire Regional VP, Northern & Central Europe.


Notes to Editors:


The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO)
is the voice of public relations consultancies around the world.
Collectively, these associations represent over 2,000 PR firms in 31
countries worldwide.


Sue Hardwick
(0)7710 260743
Angela Oakes
(0)7860 492914