TurkishWIN Updates: February 2023


📢 Quick Updates


Time flies! We now welcome February with a full plate of events and activities. 

For starters, let us give thanks to our sisters who contributed to the community in January. We thank:

  • Elif Tutum Tuncer, Global Talent & OD Director at Signify, and Seda Nüfusçu, Executive and Team Coach for hosting our first #IamRemarkable workshop at TurkishWIN,
  • Pelin Cebi, Global Learning and Development Manager at Spotify, for hosting a People & Culture Circle Office Hour, and Nazlı Gündoğdu, our CampusWIN Alum and Founder at Safratonalia for hosting a Pharma Circle Office Hour at BinYaprak,
  • Özge Yılancıoğlu Erol, East Europe District Labor Manager at UPS for her great hospitality at People&Culture Circle's first in-person meeting in Istanbul,
  • Vildan Kortan, Head, Senior Director, External Analytical Strategy at Bristol Myers Squibb for hosting our Sisterhood Speed Networking Session and her wisdom on managing difficult people,
  • Our CampusWINners, Nurana Aliyeva and Meltem Alisir for their online event about CampusWIN Academy,
  • Assembly Buildings at Ferko for hosting us with generosity and grace,
  • The amazing British Council team for sharing their know-how. We are super excited about their upcoming video,
  • Aeris Coaching team for the ongoing team and group coaching sessions with CampusWINners,
  • Our partner, Pofft platform, for a great podcast with our Founder, Melek Pulatkonak

We are working on our Story Harvesting course, a university advocacy program, a crowdfunding campaign for CampusWIN Academy and our plans for the TurkishWIN Career Day (most likely in April).


🤝 Our Upcoming Events


"No Boundaries" Heart2Heart | Conversation with Yaprak Metin and Duygu Öztürk

CampusWIN Academy Day

TurkishWIN members and guests are invited to heart to heart fireside chat with Yaprak Metin, Board Member of EcoPlant Technology & Manufacturing Company, and Duygu Öztürk Director of Growth at Getir on February 7th at 6:30 PM at our fabulous digs in the Assembly | Ferko Signature. We will share what is in our hearts and minds. Join us and fellow WINners to network and build winning connections.


Sisterhood Hour: Becoming Your Own Coach w/ Oya Günay

TurkishWIN New Year Celebration

Coaching, which is one of the most effective helping professions, aims at helping people unleash their potential and reach the point that they aspire to be. However, it should not only be seen as a profession performed by experts. Coaching is also a mindset or an attitude that everybody can gain. In our time today with Oya Günay who is an executive Coach and Strategy Partner, she will talk about how we can gain this mindset, become our own coach, and help ourselves move forward in our life journey.


Sisterhood Hour with Nilgün Akdoğan and Mona Aykul - A Guide for a New Page in Germany

Dr. Şebnem Kalemli-Özcan

Starting a new life abroad is an important and difficult decision for young people. We will talk about how to prepare to apply for a university, master's, or doctoral program in Germany, and what to know about life, culture, academia, and career opportunities in Germany. We will also explain with examples why language skills play an important role and how to learn them best. If you are considering or planning to start an academic career in Germany, we would like to accompany you to this meeting and share our knowledge with you.


Sisterhood Speed Networking Session - Managing in Different Cultures


In this Sisterhood Speed Networking Session with Kelly Pınar Goodwin, we will increase our awareness and ability to work effectively across cultures. We will learn how to better understand ourselves and others and gain skills for interacting in diverse workplace settings. Join us for an interesting and insightful conversation.


Accenture Life Trends 2023


If we think of life as a series of seismic waves, until a few years ago, things seemed to hum along quite nicely (in most places) with the occasional spike here and there. Now, though, the shocks feel relentless and wild, and sometimes it's extremely unsettling. Providing vital foresight into people's changing behavior and evolving relationship with technology, Accenture Life Trends 2023 (formerly Fjord Trends), explores the evolving power dynamics between people and organizations. These will present incredible opportunities for businesses to develop relationships with customers like never before.


🤍 Give Back


Sharing is caring! We invite you to #GiveBack by hosting an Office Hour at BinYaprak, our digital sisterhood platform. 

We thank our members Pelin Cebi, Global Learning and Development Manager at Spotify, for hosting a People & Culture Circle Office Hour and Nazlı Gündoğdu, our CampusWIN Alum and Founder at Safratonalia for hosting a Pharma Circle Office Hour in January. If you know young women looking for career advice, send them our way to BinYaprak for these cozy Office Hours to meet amazing TurkishWINners. 


💡 Get Inspired


We all know that managing ourselves, teams and companies in the VUCA world is not easy. Keeping inclusion in our business agenda may feel like a challenge at times. You are invited to the Women Leadership Platform's Annual Summit on February 23rd from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm to share your experiences and learn from others. This event is graciously hosted by TUSIAD in Istanbul. DEI leaders are invited to attend and can RSVP by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are a proud partner of this change-maker platform, Women Leadership Platform (WLP)/ Kadın Liderlik Platformu, along with EBRD, KAGIDER, and UPS Turkey since 2014. You can learn more about the Women Leadership Platform (WLP)/ Kadin Liderlik Platformu hereand surf our best practice library here.


🌹 Meet TurkishWINners


Nilgün Akdoğan is a powerhouse and the co-lead of our Germany Circle. Nilgün is the founder of DAS Akademie Izmir & Berlin, LTA Technology Inc. and the German Teachers Career Center. She has been teaching German as a Foreign and Second Language for over 23 years. She played an active role on the Board of Directors of the Izmir Branch of the German Teachers Association. She is also a founding member and Vice Chairman of the Board of the TAKEV Foundation (Turkish-German Culture and Education Foundation).

As a serial entrepreneur, Nilgün is the project manager and founder of www.minticity.com. Get to know Nilgün better here!


🤗 Join Us


TurkishWIN is a global community of women with cultural, professional, or family ties to Turkey. We are a network of strong, successful women who are part of a movement to empower Turkish women in their dreams and careers.


At TurkishWIN, we learn and grow together through our mentorship program, learn and connect with other trailblazing women at our circles and connection clubs, share leads and opportunities through our mastermind circle, and much more.


To find out more and join us in making a change, you can join us here.

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