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If you’re a woman working in the field of digital technology, it can sometimes feel like you are working alone in a male-dominated industry.  As technology advances at an ever-increasing rate, there is a real need to keep up with the latest trends by meeting other digital professionals facing the same challenges - but the opportunities have not always been there, at least not until the association Women in Digital Switzerland was launched!

Recognising the need to help women working in roles that require up-to-date knowledge of the latest digital trends, Digital Transformation Specialist, Taïssa Charlier, created a special group on LinkedIn back in 2013 to help them connect and share ideas. The group became so popular with women living and working in Switzerland that Taïssa decided to create a special association 3 years later – Women in Digital Switzerland (WDS) - with fellow digital specialists, Kelly Hungerford and Natacha Gajdoczki.

The role of Women in Digital Switzerland

Kelly told us, “Our goal was simple: to build a community of women working in digital across Switzerland, and organize events for them so that they can meet and network, share knowledge through discussions and presentations, and inspire or be inspired by others.”

The natural outcome of the association being formed has been the creation of a Swiss competency center for women working in digital roles, who are now being increasingly called upon to speak at special digital events and take up positions of leadership within companies.

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SCC Sàrl – a group of centers in Vaud with a range of services designed to boost professional performance - has just announced the launch of NotchUP Training, a new approach to enhancing your skills in the workplace.

Following an initial phase of training courses offered over the last two years, an expanded portfolio of titles has now been created and a top-class training team has been assembled to satisfy the growing demand of its clients.

The NotchUP concept

The NotchUP concept incorporates fast-paced, intense training on essential skills for improved work performance. The series of one-day dynamic courses will be delivered by highly experienced trainers with tangible take-aways for immediate application on the job. The concept has been developed to take into account the needs for quality training with a networking aspect, delivered locally and with innovative pricing.

In 2018 there will be 6 NotchUP courses that can be purchased à la carte or as a package at an attractive price.  The training is ideal for professionals at all levels from entry-level to senior executives who aspire to recognition at work and career advancement. If you can’t make a particular date, then simply send someone else in your place.

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10% discount for knowitall.ch readers on Bright Green Learning Academy’s new autumn and winter course schedule.

Now in its third year of delivering training courses in the Geneva / Nyon area (see our first article on knowitall.ch here), Bright Green Learning Academy has just announced its 2017-2018 autumn and winter schedule, which includes some great new courses!

Anybody who wants to learn how to design and run more effective meetings and workshops, build their leadership skills, and communicate and collaborate more effectively with groups, should take a look at the new schedule. 

Bright Green Learning Academy now offers more than 20 different learning modules to help clients professionally and in their personal life to become more productive by developing skills such as: facilitation competencies and methodologies; designing and facilitating virtual meetings; using learning games with groups; working interactively with large groups; strengthening cross-cultural communication; and using systems thinking to be more strategic in their work.

There is also a set of design modules that helps participants design team-building retreats, great staff meetings, strategic planning processes, multi-stakeholder dialogues and more.

You can view the full schedule here:  https://brightgreenlearning.com/academy


Closing date for applications: 31 March 2017!

Time is running out for students to apply for a place on Impact Hub Geneva’s summer 2017 internship program.

Now in its third year, the Summerpreneurship program provides talented students with the opportunity to gain experience working with impact-driven startups in Geneva for at least 3 months of the year, from June to August. It also includes a parallel summer academy placement at the Impact Hub center near Cornavin for one day per week, where students are given the chance to develop their entrepreneurial, creative and sustainability skills, through workshops, career development sessions, and mini-hackathons.

What is Impact Hub Geneva?
Created in 2015, Impact Hub Geneva provides a space where entrepreneurs and innovators come together to prototype new models for a society that works for all - connecting sectors, industries and cultural background. They offer access to an inspiring working space, a vibrant learning community, startup incubation programs, inspiring events and innovative workshops and courses.

With 200 members in Geneva and over 10,000 members worldwide, the organization provides a trusted community of like-minded peers, partners, and supporters to exchange thoughts and collaborate on projects. Their members include value-driven entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, activists, creatives, investors, freelancers and mentors who work together, share ideas and resources. They work at Impact Hub Geneva, attend and produce events, run their own workshops, access funding and mentorship, find co-conspirators and partners, participate in social networks, build campaigns, launch companies, prototype and test products…

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  • Do you need to develop and design meeting and workshop agendas as a part of your work?
  • Do you find yourself facilitating meetings and workshops, or breakout groups?
  • Are you working on a big conference that brings together many stakeholders or communities to learn and work together?
  • Do you want all these events to have real results, and are memorable for being interactive and enjoyable?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then you should take a look at some of the courses being offered in 2017 by Bright Green Learning Academy (featured on our site last year). As Certified Professional Facilitators and Trainers, they are starting their new series of winter and spring courses on 23 January, with courses designed to help people build their facilitation skills, and design their meetings and workshops better, making them interactive, and ensuring they get results. (No more boring and useless meetings!)