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Thursday, 22 October 2020

EC Leading Women's Forum

EC Leading Women's Forum

Why you should attend

Millennial Lab:
10 millennials will work on your talent management strategy
Visit of Teknos production site and training center
Update on current legal challenges and what could come next
Discuss with other leaders if paint can save humanity
Driving growth via M&A - why finding the right target is an art
Learn how job sharing on VP level can work


About the Forum

The Leading Women's Forum is THE business network for leading women in the global coatings industry. 

The first Leading Women's Forum took place at Family Murjahn's Old Vineyard in Germany in February 2018 and welcomed 30 participants.

Besides a variety of presentations on topics such as

  • "Family culture driving value creation”
    (by Dr. Ralf Murjahn, DAW)
  • "Women in the chemical industry - the gender diversity challenge"
    (by Paul Harnick, KPMG)
  • "Disaster – One morning it simply happened: Field report of our plant fire on 8 February 2017
    (by Sabrina Kunz, ACC Beku)
  • "How to handle leadership and company culture during a merger”
    (by Paula Salastie, Teknos)

the participants also intensively discussed, future challenges and how to attract talents to the coatings industry.

During the Coatings Summit a smaller delegation of the female network met in Paris to discuss the major topic of sustainability, which will be continued during the next forum in Helsinki. Please click here for the detailed agenda.

Participants praised the interactive forum programme and the various networking opportunities. No ice-breaker was necessary to connect the group and the atmosphere was characterized by an open approach.

Millennial Lab

A highlight of this year's forum is the millennial lab. In small interactive groups, ten millennials with different academic backgrounds and work experience, will discuss and work on the participant's talent management strategy.

Teknos site visit

Another highlight is the visit of Teknos' production and the in 2017 completed training center in Rajamäki.

High potential young talents welcome

During the last forum, the participants expressed the wish to offer female young talents the opportunity to participate in this exclusive event. An excellent experience exchange! The proposal is supported with a reduced participation fee for young talents. The criteria for young talents are as follows:

  • max. 30 years old
  • not yet in a leading position

Participation by invitation only

Companies are welcome to nominate their leading woman or young talent to receive one of the limited invitations to the forum.


Global Female Leaders in coatings and paints should not miss the Leading Women's Forum, because it provides a unique opportunity to network and connect.

Gloria Glang, VP & Head of Global Advanced Surface Solutions Business, Clariant, CH

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This event is a unique opportunity to start something new, learn, share and network with the most influential women in coatings business.

Paula Salastie, CEO & Owner, Teknos, FI


This is the perfect time and place to bring women in the coatings industry together to make industry connections for personal and professional growth, increase the visibility of women in the coatings industry and share valuable tips for success.

Dr. Ralf Murjahn, Owner, DAW  & Host of the Leading Women's Forum, DE
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Lena Witte
Lena Witte
Event Manager
Vincentz Network
+49 511 99 10 281
+49 511 99 10 279




Event summary
Event summary
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