Tennis Legend and Former First Lady Headline Dubai’s Premier Women’s Empowerment Event

Dubai is set to become a hub of female empowerment this April, as the International Women’s Empowerment Convention (WE Convention) returns with a star-studded lineup. Tennis icon turned entrepreneur Maria Sharapova and former supermodel and first lady Carla Bruni headline the event, promising to inspire women to embrace ambitious goals and make bold choices in their careers and lives.

Dubai is gearing up to host the world’s largest women’s empowerment event, the International Women’s Empowerment Convention (WE Convention), with an exceptional lineup of speakers that blends royalty, international icons, and business leaders. Taking place on April 20-21 at the opulent Atlantis the Royal Dubai, this year’s theme, “Big Goals, Bold Choices,” will focus on giving women the tools to amplify their careers and financial futures.

Among the diverse array of influential speakers are two headliners drawing significant attention: Maria Sharapova and Carla Bruni.

Maria Sharapova, the tennis superstar turned savvy entrepreneur, embodies the drive the WE Convention seeks to foster. Her relentless work ethic propelled her to win five Grand Slam titles. Now retired from professional tennis, she channels that same tenacity into business ventures. Her portfolio includes the premium candy brand Sugarpova, investments in wellness brands like Therabody, and continued endorsement partnerships. Sharapova is expected to share insights on transforming passion into a successful brand and the mindset needed to achieve high-level goals.

Carla Bruni, the former first lady of France, brings a unique and multi-faceted perspective. Bruni’s career began with success as a supermodel, gracing the covers of top fashion magazines. After her marriage to then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, she transitioned into the spotlight of international politics. Beyond her modeling and political roles, Bruni is a talented singer-songwriter with several albums to her credit. Her keynote is likely to touch upon the complexities of balancing public personas with personal ambition and the importance of pursuing varied passions.

The WE Convention is about more than just star power. Other noteworthy speakers include:

  • Members of the MENA region royal families, highlighting the increasing involvement of women in regional leadership.
  • Digital entrepreneur Karen Wazen, renowned for her style and family-focused content.
  • Actress Meryem Uzerli, known for her role in the historical drama “Magnificent Century.”
  • High-ranking executives from companies like KraftHeinz, TikTok, Microsoft, Visa, Mastercard, and Duolingo.
  • Respected psychologists who will offer guidance on mental health practices essential for professional success.

Beyond keynote speeches, the WE Convention 2024 promises actionable advice through workshops, round-table discussions, and thematic zones exploring finance, mental wellbeing, and personal style.

“We want women to leave this event with more than just inspiration,” says Mila Smart Semeshkina, Founder of the Women’s Empowerment Council, “We want them to have a clear roadmap for success.”

The convention culminates with an exclusive Gala Dinner at the Armani Hotel Dubai, offering premium ticket holders a chance for networking and celebration with breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa.

The WE Convention 2024 promises to be an exhilarating event, blending inspiration from extraordinary women with practical opportunities for personal and professional advancement.