EmpowerHer 2024: Elevate to Excellence Conference

EmpowerHer 2024: Elevate to Excellence Conference


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Grand Hotel Millennium
89B bul. "Vitosha" , Sofia, 1463

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Part of the founding values of our community are diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility in our daily basis as well as in the corporate world and the global economy. Moreover, we are convinced that these principles are key to effective and sustainable leadership.

On March 8th, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Hotel Millennium, Shakespeare Hall, AmCham Bulgaria organizes EmpowerHer 2024: Elevate to Excellence Conference to celebrate the women who empower, unite, and elevate our knowledge, skills, and view of the world, and show us how the entrepreneurial spirit does wonders, combined with inspiration, aspiration, and feminine power. 

EmpowerHer’s Vision

EmpowerHer is a key AmCham initiative which aims to:

  • Advance women’s economic empowerment in the workplace.
  • Encourage women-led entrepreneurship.
  • Support leadership, inclusion, and corporate social responsibility in the local and global economy.
  • Foster gender equality.

We believe women’s empowerment and advancement are important to the sustainable future of the workplace and the whole society as well.

This is why AmCham’s goals are:

  • Improvement of the business environment for women.
  • Identify and create opportunities to increase awareness.
  • Enlargen companies engagement.
  • Declarations of support.


09:00 – 09:30 – Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 – 09:35 Opening Remarks

Ivan Mihaylov,
CEO, AmCham Bulgaria

09:35 – 09:50
Keynote Speaker
H.E. Mariya Gabriel,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Bulgaria

09:50 – 11:00 – PANEL DISCUSSION: EmpowerBank – Lead and Inspire
Boyka Docheva,
HR Director, IBM Bulgaria
Rumyana Peteva,
HR Director, Kamenitza
Mylena Kostova-Organdzhieva,
Managing Director, MSD Bulgaria

Darina Stoyanova,
CEO of Prestige-96 AD
Plamena Cherneva,
Board Member EFF and
Founder of Nordic Women in Tech

11:00 – 11:15 – Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:50 – FIRESIDE CHAT: Women Beyond Success
Milena Stoycheva,
Minister of Innovation and Growth,
Republic of Bulgaria,
Tsvetanka Milcheva,
Executive Director, Chair of the Management Board,
UniCredit Bulbank Bulgaria

Transforming Investment for Women Entrepreneur
Anne-Charlotte Joubert,
Project Coordinator,
European Female Founders,

Anne-Charlotte Joubert is an expert in securing EU funding with over a decade of experience in interdisciplinary fields including research, innovation, environment, and energy. Her breadth of knowledge and expertise in European affairs positions her as a leader in the field.

Anne-Charlotte’s passion for connecting stakeholders within the innovation ecosystem is grounded in her belief that meaningful solutions can address pressing societal needs. Her holistic approach to project management inspires her to navigate the complexities of multiple projects at once, creating a more inclusive world.

As a dedicated advocate for supporting organizations in their pursuit of public funding, Anne-Charlotte has helped numerous businesses grow and make a positive impact on society. Her unwavering commitment to empowering women in STEAM has led her to serve on several boards, offering a voice to women entrepreneurs and enabling them to reach their full potential.

Monika Stanisheva,
Chair of the Board,

Monika Stanisheva, currently serving as Chair of the Board at Bulgaria’s premier digital publisher, Dir.bg, boasts over three decades of experience in the media and communications realm. Her illustrious journey commenced as a news reporter at Bulgarian National TV, where she honed her craft before venturing into entrepreneurship, establishing her own marketing and communication agency, Active Group. 

Monika’s influence extends beyond the boardroom; she actively participates as an Angel investor and serves on the Steering Committee of the Bulgarian Innovation Forum. Recognized as one of the 50 most influential women Angel investors in the Central and Eastern European region by The Recursive media, she ardently advocates for female entrepreneurship and sustainability initiatives. 

Salome Le Goff,
Responsible of Programs,

Salomé is responsible of several incubation programs at WILLA, accompanying women-led startups in their development across various industries : amongst them women’s health, greentech and deeptech. She graduated from Dauphine University with a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and EDHEC Business School with a BBA in Global Business.

Maria Oliveira,
Executive Business Director, UPTEC, Program Director, Executive Master in Business Innovation of Porto Business School,

Maria Oliveira is the Executive Business Director of UPTEC and Program Director of the Executive Master in Business Innovation of Porto Business School where she also teaches the Challenge Based Innovation Project.

With more than 15 years’ experience working in technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation management, Maria worked in several capacities in Portugal and abroad, namely in innovation consultancy, heading of U.Porto Innovation, invited fellow of Boston University, Executive Director of UTEN, a component of the UT Austin | Portugal Program. She is regularly invited as an external expert to evaluate proof of concept proposals for the European Commission and to participate in conferences and seminars.

12:30 – 13:30 – Networking Cocktail

More sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

About INVEST’HER, an Initiative by the European Female Founder

With the aim to bridge the funding divide for women entrepreneurs, INVEST’HER will support the European Female Founders in their mission to inspire, encourage and build a new path for women entrepreneurs in Europe. INVEST’HER is a Pan-European initiative fostering connections between women-led startups and investors across EU regions, alongside experts in high-innovation domains. This EU-funded project promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience, offers training, and streamlines cross-regional funding avenues.

  • To participate in the conference, please, register below.
  • Attendance is limited to two representatives per company.
  • Your participation will be additionally confirmed three days prior to the event by e-mail message.
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