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Women Empowerment 2015

3rd Women Empowerment (WE) Summit
25th - 26th September 2015

THIS YEAR'S WOMEN EMPOWERMENT summit celebrates the successful conclusion of the WISE (Women Innovators in Sustainable Enterprise) EU funded pilot programme (2013 - 2015) and the START of WISE 2 – 2016 in Greece!

Join us at ESA in Crete for 2 empowering days, including experiential learning workshops with international expert teachers and guest speakers.
The themes of these workshops will follow the WISE sessions on the practical and necessary topic of:

  • Connecting to your purpose – Muzvare Princess Betty Makoni
  • Resilience for Entrepreneurs – Jenny Andersson
  • Life is a pitch – Ramona da Gama


Rachel Elnaugh

Attendance to 'Dragons Den' enterprise pitching event with BBC TV celebrity and Entrepreneur Rachel Elnaugh.


Culminating with ESA's annual fine dining and Women Empowerment awards gala experience, and WISE Garduation ceremony with ESA visiting African Princess Musvare Betty Makoni, in the most magical Cretan setting.

Saturday offers an optional visit to 3 innovative and elegant Cretan sustainable enterprises.

WISE - Celebrity Dragons Den

Join us for an exciting evening on FRIDAY 25th September to watch 5 of the most successful WISE Woman Innovators for Social Business in Europe Greek participants pitch their sustainable business ideas to an international CELEBRITY PANEL of successful Entrepreneurs, investors and mentors! WE WISH them luck!


Gala Dinner Dance

TICKETS now available for Gala Dinner Dance and Women in Sustainable Enterprise awards! With fascinating key note speakers - International award winning celebrity entrepreneurs, award winning global woman empowerment activists and executive mentors and coaches with amazing stories to share! 35 euros per person, 180 euros per table of 6. LIVE MUSIC and DANCING till late!


 Women of the constellations

Stars and Cocktails at European Sustainability Academy - Crete THIS THURSDAY (24th Sept.) at 8pm. Catering supplied by Emerald Hotel & Restaurant. LIMITED PLACES.



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Powered only by Cretan sunshine, ESA is a beautiful building rooted in the earth amongst ancient rocks and olive trees, surrounded by nature. Its construction is a leading example of sustainability in practice. ESA is an experiential and creative place where people feel enlivened, uplifted and creative. Great living and great learning happens at ESA. A perfect setting for:

  • Executive Retreats
  • Summer Schools
  • Eco-Weddings / Baptisms
  • Bespoke training events

Leading enterprise for the future

Co-created sustainable enterprise

Our passion is contributing towards co-created sustainable enterprise for positive impact on communities and the natural environment on a global scale. Leadership and entrepreneur issues of adaptation, resilience, authenticity, sustainable-self, values connected sense-making and the continued emancipation of women (WISE) to take up more leadership roles in the world are at the core of the ESA sustainability experience.

  • Sustainability Leadership
  • Women Empowerment

Sustainability created in Crete


Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.


The island birthplace of Zeus, Crete, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art, agriculture and one of the first civilisations, the Minoans. These days many rural Cretan villages, thrive on a sustainable lifestyle of barter and exchange with a strong connection with the land. ESA is thrilled to be collaborating with Cretan Urban Adventures to co-create a truly immersive sustainability experience which will make visitors leave with a richer connection with LIFE!