CIRCLE Pakistan, a leading platform for women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in Pakistan, hosted a story-telling based public speaking workshop on Thursday 17th November for women leaders in the country. This is the launch event for CIRCLE’s Young Professionals’ Network – a pioneering initiative for growing women leaders.

CIRCLE Pakistan, founded by Sadaffe Abid, former COO and CEO of Kashf Foundation, works towards women’s economic empowerment and employment through innovative entrepreneurship and leadership labs, advocacy campaigns and research. CIRCLE is based on the belief that investing in women is the smartest economic venture of today and that when women develop, communities prosper and economies grow.

The storytelling workshop was facilitated by Aurelie Salvaire, a social entrepreneur and coach from Barcelona, who brings experience of curating multiple TEDx conferences and coaching TEDx speakers.

Sadaffe Abid, co-founder CIRCLE and former COO and CEO of Kashf Foundation shared, ‘Women are the most under utilised asset of Pakistan. At CIRCLE, we are delighted to offer a series of public speaking workshops for women along with leadership labs so women can take leadership roles on boards, teams and as entrepreneurs. For Pakistan’s prosperity inclusion of women is critical.’



Women from leading corporates including IBM, Loreal, Unilever, National Foods attended the workshop to hone their skills and find out about CIRCLE’s work and the new network for professional women 2-8 years into their careers. The Network aims to create a community of women and to foster discussion, networking and collaboration. Employers from all sector will be able to invest in their women employees by nominating them for CIRCLE’s Young Professionals’ Network.

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, CIRCLE will also be hosting a Twitter conversation titled ‘The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Opportunities and Challenges’ on Saturday 19th November, 6pm – 7pm. Anyone is able to join in by using #GEW2016 and #CIRCLEgew. Additional celebrations of Global Entrepreneurship Week included Fellows from CIRCLE’s Youth Fellowship visiting NETSOL technologies, hosted and mentored by Mr. Salim Ghauri.

CIRCLE also targets women’s unemployment and underrepresentation through its Elevate campaign and framework. To date 15 CEOs have signed the #ElevatePak pledge, committing to women’s economic empowerment.