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Deloitte Luxembourg celebrates the 100th International Women’s Day with guest speaker Sahar Hashemi | Press release


Women's dayOn the occasion of the 100th International Women’s Day on 8 March, Deloitte has organised a day full of activities for its staff. 200 people attended activities, which included a presentation by guest speaker Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic and recently named one of the ‘Ten Top Thinkers’ in the UK.

Hashemi’s presentation focused on creativity and working together in a multinational and open working environment.

Hashemi, along with her brother, founded Coffee Republic, the first coffee bar chain in the UK in 1995. Having grown to 100 stores in 6 years and generating £30 million turnover, she quit Coffee Republic and founded her second successful company, Skinny Candy.

Hashemi has published several books on entrepreneurship, e.g. bestseller ‘Anyone can do it – building Coffee Republic form our kitchen table’, which has been translated into six different languages.

According to Sophie Mitchell, Partner and leader of the Women Initiative at Deloitte Luxembourg: “As part of our Women Initiative we wanted to make this day special, with activities in line with our ambitions to create a balanced working environment. We are honoured that Ms. Hashemi, who was able to show us that everything is possible, was part of our endeavour.

The Women Initiative was launched by Deloitte several years ago, with the objective of giving our employees a diverse and unique workplace, in which both men and women have the possibility to use their professional capacities to the full, should they wish to do so.

Yves Francis, managing Partner at Deloitte Luxembourg, and Sophie Mitchell further announced that the firm will support the ‘Aide à l’enfance de l’Inde’ organisation with a donation to the ‘Nari Gunjan’ project. ‘Nari Gunjan’ provides education, literacy, and healthcare to women of the Dalit community in India, which belongs to the poorest areas of the country.


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