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February 28, 2013

Networking Lunch, 22.03.2013, 12:00-13:30 @Masquevino

Registrations are now open, register soon to get one of the 10 Early Bird tickets! SwissLinked members will receive 15.-discount with the code we are going to send out with the next Newsletter!

It seems that we’ve got it right in November with the networking lunch. As long as members are happy with this sort of networking lunches we keep the format:

vino and food

-finger food (based on the past experience mostly vegetarian)

-Inviting other professional networking organisations. The European Professional Women’s Network, the International Men’s Club of Zug will be our partners for the lunches. The business group of the International Women’s Club did not show too much enthusiasm, however if they change their mind, they are the most welcome to join!

The one thing which is going to be different is the location. Art District was perfect; centrally located in Zug, usually not open for lunch and the manager was willing to extend his working day opening the place only for us. However there might be changes in the life of that bar and since we’d like to find a place which will become “our place” I preferred to try another one. 

masquevino-Logo-Bild_bis15cm-Web_RGBMasquevino is on the same street, we had already an event organized there last summer. Tina and Ivana, who run the wine bar are really nice and easy to work with. The good selection of Spanish wines is a bonus!

Don’t forget that with the SwissLinked membership card you have 10% discount every Tuesday.

See you there!

February 28, 2013

Next School Matters! is in 2014

The most difficult part of organising School Matters! is always to decide which aspect of education will NOT be included int the event. The list of intriguing topics is endless, but we feel that 2 hours of speeches for one evening are more than enough. This year we heard about

  • work/life balance,
  • concept centred curriculum, 
  • differences between IB and Matura,
  • bilingualism
  • technology in early years
  • brain development

If you missed it you can have an idea of what happened there here:

We had more than 100 visitors, 12 exhibitors and 6 speeches. We sent out a survey after the event and the feedback received is encouraging; 80% of participants said that the School Matters! 2013 was better than expected and 20% would have liked to have more speeches…

The next one is forecasted for the 28th of February 2014, we’ll keep you informed about the organisational process!

February 9, 2013

School Matters! 2013 program

work-life-balance         For detailed program click here:


We’ll be there waiting for you. If you’d like to invite friends or contacts, feel free to pass this invitation around!


January 31, 2013

Learn about the work/life balance initiative @School Matters! on the 22nd of Feb

work-life-balanceSwitzerland is going to vote (yes, again!) on the 3rd of March. A constitutional amendment is presented to vote called the “Family initiative”. What is it about? Should I be interested in this?

Decide for yourself: this initiative might make life easier for every family living and working in Switzerland…

We are privileged to introduce Ms Claudia Lanter, member of CVP (the party which presented the family initiative to vote) to the audience of the second edition of School Matters! She will introduce the most important pillars of the initiative and will answer the questions- we sure have many!Working-Mum-And-Baby-dp-1

It seems that there are profound changes in the Swiss society which lead to rethink the role of the State in childcare. Switzerland is way behind other European countries when it comes to childcare. Certainly not because of financial reasons though… in this society women stay at home with children, even after kids reach the school age. However due to the higher education of our generation (and probably to the increasing divorce rate too), women would like to work more, which is nearly impossible with the present school system. We see kids walking to school at 8am, how cute! But what are they doing again on the streets at 12:00? And at 1pm? At 2pm? All day long??? What happens is that children walk home for lunch, sometime they go back to school for few more lessons, sometime they stay at home. The schedule of children might change from week to week. During primary school years moms have to be prepared to receive a phone call around 7am: “No school today, the teacher is sick!”Can you work around such a school system? Can you afford  a full-time nanny? There you go…

Yes, this initiative is important and will affect the life of most of the Swiss families. We are looking forward to learn about it

January 25, 2013

School Matters!-Zug Tourismus is in

I had an extremely interesting meeting with Urs Raschle, head of Zug Tourismus. I knew that the Kanton is worried about the lack of integration of the expat community, but it was new to me that now basically every office, department etc is trying to come up with ideas how to involve more foreigners into Swiss activities.

20703The idea came quite spontaneously; many families will be at the School Matters! on the 22nd of February…why not put a short presentation together about family and child friendly activites in and around Zug..? WHERE do Swiss families bring their kids, WHAT they do in their free time, HOW do they manage to grow them so close to the nature? How come they don’t seem to struggle to bring children outside to the fresh air?

Snap decision taken; they will be there and will share their secrets with us! Dare to say that Swiss people/public organization can’t be spontaneous!

January 21, 2013

School Matters! 2013- Andy is in!

Andy Habermacher is in for this School Matters! 2013…this is the news of the day, it really made the sun shine brighter. I received this very heartfelt and detailed mail regarding our cooperation:

(C)Andaleeb Lilley Photography 2009“Hi there

Happy to do  it – so yes count me in!


Why am I so excited about his participation? I’m sure he doesn’t need to be introduced, everybody in and around Zug knows that he is a Brain Leader, great coach and excellent public speaker.

At this point I must reveal another speech of the event…it is really a shame, I like to keep my secrets, but I would like to show you how Andy fits the program.

I already told about the speech on Bilingualism, and here you are; we’ll have one on Technology in Early Years.

Both influence the development of the brain; Andy is going to tell you and show you how.

Were you as afraid as I was to let kids use computer, Internet, games..? I really fought as long as I could. Now the first generation successfully survived and grew up, we have the first experiences. Was I right preventing them to use technology, or did I make a mistake?

Were you asking yourself how many languages those poor kids should learn at the same time? Will they be confused? Will they mix them up? Will they have a large vocabulary in every language? How do several languages mix with dyslexia, or other issues?

Come along on the 22nd of Feb and have your questions answered.

January 20, 2013

Networking lunch- with a twist

What a great time we had on Friday! Thinking about it now, it seems incredible that we tried and tried to organize business networking lunches and they never worked before.

I asked similar networking organizations about their experience and they all said the same; people come to the first lunch but then the lunches get deserted, even by the most avid networkers.

What can be the reason? Food is generally a good excuse to get together, we all enjoy a relaxed meal in pleasant company.

When Muriel Bekto (president of EPWN in Zug and Zurich) told me that she is about to give up on the entire institution of networking lunch, I had an unexpected aha moment.

What if those lunches are declined because they are too formal? Because we have to sit and spend the time talking to the two persons sitting next to us? It can happen that you arrive late and are stuck with the boring one at the bottom of the table… And then the solution came:


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So simple, why nobody thought about it before?????

Let’s see the pro’s to finger food:

-you can arrive a little late or leave a little early;

-with pre-payments through an online ticketing site nobody has to wait for the bill;

-people are free to walk around and network making the most out of their time.

What abou the con’s:


Ok, so once the concept is clear, I had to start organizing the event. Easy? Right…

First the venue. Let’s find a place where we can have lunch in a casual environment, where we can sit if somebody is tired, but not awkward if we stand around tables. A place, which is possibly not open during lunch time so that there won’t be other people walking in from the street. A place which is central in Zug, near the offices, with parking places around and good public transport connections.

How many places like this exist? I found only one: Art District. And got lucky; Zachi, the manager, agreed to open the place for us on a Friday lunch-time!

Second the participants. Hmm, not easy. ZiBF, like any other networking platform, has its core members, who regularly participate at the events. To involve the rest of the members takes some special effort. I thought to invite other busines-minded networking platform to this lunch. When it comes to networking, the more, the merrier! The Men’s club, EPWN and the business group of the Women’s club were happy to participate, so the invitation has been launched!

Very quickly 30-40 persons booked their place at this lunch, I used Amiando to sell the tickets. That was probably a mistake. They increased their fees considerably; and I don’t find reasonable to charge 14% per ticket!

We had one guest who warned me about her glutein intolerance; Linda from Peace Foodsbrought special dishes and a special cake for her.

Only 2 guests wrote me before the lunch that they were vegetarian, but it turned out that the veggie meal went so fast, that there were not much left for those who really were vegetarians. Next time I will order 90% of the food vegetarian; meat-eaters showed some clear preference for it too!

However the quantity and quality was really good. The lunch was supposed to last till 1:30, but at 3:00 there were still people talking and nibbling.

I was the lucky one who brought home the left overs; there was still an entire plate of savory and one sweet goodies left!

That is one of the big advantages of working with Peace Foods; there is always more than needed, and I don’t know how many other caterers can be accused of this in and around Zug!

In conclusion the lunch went very well.

Everybody was happy to come and network, to meet new people and have good food.

What will I change next time?

I will order mostly vegetarian food, regardless of the number of the real vegetarians and I will try to find cheaper online ticket service than Amiando. The rest was just about perfect!

January 18, 2013

Hah, I’ve got the last workshop for the event!

What a day!

I met Jarrod Brauer, head of Swiss International School today. He is the last International school director of the area I didn’t know before; his school opened only in August 2012.

Very nice guy (it seems that to become International school director, being a nice person is a requirement) who will deliver the speech about bilingualism- just what I was after!

So here you go, I revealed the topic of one of the workshops.

January 17, 2013

School Matters! 2013

School Matters! is a series of events started in 2012. As a first attempt I organized a panel discussion about the different educational systems co-existing in Zug.

Here you can see the invitation to the event. At that time SwissLinked was called ZIBF (I  know, but we changed it!)ZIBF_School_Matters_Invitation

An inspiring panel discussion
An inspiring panel discussion

Here we are one year after the first School Matters! discussion organized in Zug. It is still heartwarming to remember the success, the countless positive feedbacks received.

If you were there, I’m sure you remember the good mood, the open mind of the participants and the many funny moments of the evening.

We kinda poked a beehive with that discussion about different educational systems co-existing in and around Zug. We booked the room for 2 hours, after 3 we had to ask the audience to leave. So many questions, very polite and politically correct at the beginning, more agressive and embarrassing towards the end.

We achieved our goal; a dialogue has opened and one year later I’m here organizing the second chapter. On a whole new level.

There will be workshops at given times, so that everybody knows at what time what topic are we going to discuss. There won’t be any adveritsing or sales activity on the stage, only discussions, presentations, workshops; information and inspiration.

Schools, Kindergartens and nurseries will have stands around the room, there will be time for networking; everybody will be able to connect with the audience.

Shall I disclose more information at this stage about the program of the day?

I don’t think so…whatch this space and discover more in the coming days!

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