Event stresses importance of gender quotas in business

Nova Gorica, 10 April - A roundtable discussion on the importance of gender quotas in business took place in Nova Gorica on Wednesday, as two business organisations of the Slovenian minorities in Italy and Austria held several events dedicated to Slovenian businesswomen in the Alps-Adriatic region.

Women are still under-represented in business management, and their way of running a company is different from a man's, heard the debate, organised by the Trieste-based Slovenian Regional Economic Union and the Klagenfurt-based Slovenian Economic Association.

The traits common in women should be used in management, said Sandra Turnšek, director and owner of the dairy Mlekarna Krepko.

Darja Povšič Peršolja, founder and director of the accounting firm Contall, believes that women can succeed in business also due to their stronger empathy, while Andrea Rutar, co-owner of furniture retailer Rutar Group, highlighted women's sense of organisation.

The discussion also featured Emanuela Bratos, executive director of the ZKB Trieste Gorizia bank, and artist and jewellery designer Melina Kumer-Reichmann.

The meeting, which also included lectures and networking events, was attended by more than 70 participants from six countries, according to Andrej Šik, head of the Slovenian Regional Economic Union.

The event was addressed by National Assembly President Urška Klakočar Zupančič and Economy Ministry State Secretary Dejan Židan. After the roundtable, Židan told the STA it was key that economic coordination involving Slovenian minorities is increasingly active.

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