Foto: Dr. Claudia Róka-Eckhardt, ZC Wetzlar


Build A Better World For Women And Girls

9. European Interdistrict Zonta Seminar

"Women and Finance - between Challenges and Chances"

Frankfurt, situated on the river Main, is a beautiful historical city in the middle of Germany, easy to reach by the International  Airport, railway station and public transport system. Frankfurt is also a modern city with exquisit shops and splendid museums at the „SchauMain Kai“. Very well-known is the University of Frankfurt named after the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Last but not least, there is Frankfurt's famous finance centre.  Without difficulty, you will recognize the modern tower-buildings along the skyline of the city. Most of them are banks.

This long financial history delivers our seminar's motto: „Women and Finance - between Challenges and Chances“ and give us plenty of questions that will be discussed and answered.

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to listen to inspiring speeches and take an active part in plenary sessions and workshops.

In addition, an interesting sightseeing program for you and your guests will be provided.

Frankfurt, Germany welcomes you!

General Conditions of Participation:

Please note that your participation is at your own risk!

  • Members of Zonta Clubs and their accompanying persons
  • Alumnae (ZAC) and Golden Z's

Registration Fee for the 9. European Interdistrict Zonta Seminar:

Registration opens on 1 December 2022

  • We are pleased to offer an early bird fee for all participants who register by 15 February 2023: €90,00
  • Registration fee after 15 February 2023: €110,00
  • Registration fee for alumnae (ZAC): €50,00
    • Alumnae can ask their district for further financial support.

You will find information on additional fees for the social program on the schedule below.

Cancelation Policy:

All cancelation must be sent by email to both following email addresses:  and

  • Cancelation received up to and including 1 March 2023: full refund.
  • Cancelation received between 2 March and 3 April 2023: 50% will be refunded.
  • Cancelation received after 3 April 2023: no refund will be made.

Note, in case of cancelation at any stage, bank transfer handling fee will not be refunded.

Don't forget to transmit your bank account for refunding!

Registration Center:

Registration will be open on the following days and locations: 

Friday, 28 April 2023  16:00 - 19:00 
Historisches Museum
Saalhof 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Saturday, 29 April 2023  08:00 - 10:00 
Ev. Akademie
Römerberg 9,  60311 Frankfurt am Main


Friday, 28 April 2023

17:00 - 19:00 Opening Ceremony - Entrance: 16:30 - Fee €40,00

Historisches Museum

Leopold Sonnemann - Saal
Saalhof 1
60311 Frankfurt am Main

  • Welcome Address
    • Team District 28
    • Ute Scholz, ZC Verden, Zonta International President 2022-2024
    • Dr. Jan Gerchow, Director of the Historical Museum Frankfurt
  • Ceremonial Address 
    • Dr. Gertrud Traud, Chief Economist, Helaba
    • Prof. Dr. Luise Hölscher, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance
  • Reception/GetTogether

Saturday, 29 April 2023

"Women and Finance - between Challenges and Chances"

09:00 - 13:00  Seminar - Großer Saal - Ev. Akademie

09:00 - 09:30 Opening

  • Introduction: 
    • Team District 28
  • Welcome Address:
    • Christine Dersch, ZC Marburg, District 28 Governor 2022-2024
  • Greetings: 
    •  Ute Scholz, ZC Verden, Zonta International President 2022-2024

09:20 Keynote: Prof. Dr. Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi, Director of  the Centre for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB), Chair of ABWL and Corporate Governance, University of Mannheim

09:40 Keynote: Dr. Barbara Böhnlein, Managing Director MUFG Bank (Europe)

10:00 Keynote: Dr. Ricarda Engelmeier, CEO of MyCollective GmbH

10:20 Keynote: Dr. Katarina Barley, Vice-President European Parliament, Member of ZC Trier

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:40 - 13:00 Panel Discussion: 

Women in finance are still an exception, especially at the top. But it's more than that - women seem to avoid financial questions in general, even at home. So what are we dealing with here - a gender bias or personal preferences?

We might be facing old boys clubs in traditional banking, but what is it that prevents women from founding a brand new Fintech company? Why do women leave personal investments, tax and pension matters to their partners? And most important of all: What does it take to change that? Or is the young generation of women already doing the math? 

Host: Bettina Weiguny, ZC Bad Soden/Kronberg,(journalist and book author)

  • Prof. Dr. Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi
  • Dr. Barbara Böhnlein
  • Dr. Ricarda Engelmeier
  • Dr. Katarina Barley
  • Karin Nordmeyer, UN Women (Germany), Honorary President
  • Katharina Gehra, CEO & Co-Founder of Immutable Insight

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 17:30 Workshops

There are 6 workshops at 60 minutes each in total. 3 workshops in Session 1 and 3 workshops after coffee break in Session 2.

Please select one workshop in each session before and after coffee break and register below.

Session 1  Workshop 1

Securing women's rights. International standards - achievements and gaps at national level

The workshop will highlight the international standards on human and social rights and will describe how the measures are implemented in some of the European countries.

The question "are there standards comparable for all European countries?" will be discussed by various European districts.

Dr. Ingeborg Geyer, ZC Vienna/D14, ZI Representative at the UN Vienna
Anita Schnetzer-Spranger, ZC Mainz/D28, ZI Representative at the Council of Europe

Host: Irma Ertman, Vice ZI Representative at the Council of Europe

The attendence is limited.

Session 1  Workshop 2

How do women get smarter about money? 

On the one hand, the workshop aims to highlight areas of action in financial optimization. On the other hand, the participants will experience that "WOMEN can finance" and that they do it successfully.

Claudia Rankers, ZC Mainz/D28, Dipl. Bankbetriebswirtin, CEO of Family Rankers Office

The attendence is limited.

Session 1  Workshop 3

What kind of chances can new finance technologies offer?
"Why is Blockchain so exciting"?

Katharina Gehra, CEO & Co-Founder of Immutable Insight

The attendence is limited.

15:00 - 15:25 Coffee Break

Session 2  Workshop 4

Sustainable investments - quo vadis?

Terms like sustainability are on everyone's lips. The lecture informs about the common definitions and ESG investment criteria. In addition, it gives an overview of the active role of Europe and the positions of the financial industry on this topic. Finally, products for private investors will be pointed out.

Dr. Sabine Ruh, ZC Frankfurt am Main/D28, Business Journalist

The attendence is limited.

Session 2 Workshop 5

 Great entrepreneurs tell their stories:
... what is it that prevents women from founding a brand new company?

  • Claudia Lässig - Lässig GmbH, Lässig Fashion
  • Dr. Julia Meinhold-Heerlein - "Mühlenplätzchen Patisserie, custom baked goods and catering"
  • Dr.Desiree-Jessica Pely - founder of /Berlin

Host: Bettina Weiguny

The attendence is limited.

Session 2 Workshop 6

Fundraising in challenging times - new ideas and best practices

The workshop aims at discussing the different fundraising instruments such as mailings, large donations or sponsoring.

The participants will see that fundraising can be much more than event fundraising.

  • Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff - Linsenhoff-Stiftung
  • Best practice examples of European Districts

Host: Susan Georgijewitsch, Business Coach, ZC Frankfurt

The attendence is limited.

16:30 - 17:30 Burning Questions

Participants/Zontians can pose any questions about Zonta and its future to three of Zonta’s current leaders

Ev. Akademie, Grosser Saal

  • Ute Scholz, D29, ZI International President
  • Salla Tuominen, D20, ZI President elect
  • Fernanda Gallo-Freschi, D28, ZI Vice President 

Sunday, 30 April 2023

Sightseeing and Farewell 10:00 - 13:00

Social Program

Friday, 28 April 2023 15:00 - 16:00

  • Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Saalhof 1, 60311 Frankfurt - Visit and guided tour 15:00 -16:30, €15,00

The Historical Museum Frankfurt is the city's oldest museum, collecting and preserving, researching, conveying and exhibiting Frankfurts cultural heritage. As a history museum it links local town issues with broader social history.

Saturday, 29 April 2023 19:00 - 22:00

  • "Frankfurter Abend" at the "Lorsbacher-Thal", Große Rittergasse 49, 60594 Frankfurt €75,00 -
    • From the hotels and from the Ev. Akademie it takes 15 minutes / or 5 minutes by taxi

The "Lorsbacher Thal" is an original cider tavern founded in 1803 with a selected variety of regional dishes: guests are welcomed like old friends and treated to the richness and variety of German and Hessian cuisine (Messe Frankfurt Hotel and Restaurant Guide)

Sunday, 30 April 2023 10:00 - 12:00

  1. Guided City Tour on foot - the best way to explore Frankfurt's old town and its most important attractions - €20,00
    Meeting Point: fountain in the middle of the Römer at 10:00
  2. Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt, Bertha-Pappenheim-Platz 1,  60311 Frankfurt  Get to know jewish heritage in Frankfurt - €20,00
    Meeting Point: Museum Entrance at 10:00
  3. Deutsches Romantik-Museum/Goethe Haus, Großer Hirschgraben 21, 60311 Frankfurt - €20,00  (guided)
    Meeting Point: MainEntrance at 10:00
  4. Sightseeing cruise on the river Main - €20,00
    Meeting Point: Primus Line, Eiserner Steg/Mainkai at 10:00

All tour meeting points are within walking distance

Accomodation / Hotels

Please book directly with the hotel! The following hotels are located close to the venue:

  •  Motel One Frankfurt-Römer,ömer
    Berliner Straße 65, D 60311 Frankfurt am Main     
    • Single : €114,90/night, breakfast (€15,90) included
    • Available by 3 March 2023, written cancelation 3 days before arrival accepted
    • E-Mail:
    • Phone: +49 69 8700403-0 Fax: +49 69 8700403-10
    • Keyword: European Zonta Seminar / 557.245.873
  • Paulaner Hotel und Wirtshaus,
  • Domplatz 6, D 60313 Frankfurt am Main
    • Single €80-90,  Double: €120,00/night, breakfast included, city-tax excluded
    • Available until 27 January 2023  - written cancelation 7 days before arrival accepted
    • Keyword: 33212
    • Phone: +49 (0) 69 1381030
    • E-Mail:
  • DJH Jugendherberge Franfurt
  • Deutschherrnufer 12, 60594 Frankfurt am Main/Sachsenhausen
    • Phone: +49(0)696100150
    • E-Mail:

Some useful information for travelling

Arrival by airplane:

Frankfurt Airport is connected to the city with regional trains RE 59, RE 2 and RE3 and the S-Bahn lines S8 or S9 served by RMV. The airport's station for these trains is located in the ground floor of the airport below Terminal 1.

Taxis are available at both terminals. The trip to Frankfurt city center takes between 20 and 30 minutes and costs about €40,00 - depending on traffic. Large-capacity taxis for up to seven persons are available.

Arrival by train:

Frankfurt's main train station (Hauptbahnhof) connects the city with numerous national and international destinations.

From the main train station you can easily get to the convention center by taxi (about 10 min, €10,00 according to traffic) or by public transport (S-Bahn) to Hauptwache. From there the Ev. Akademie is within a 6-10 minute walking distance.

Arrival by bus:

There is a station for long-distance busses at the Frankfurt main train station: ZOB Frankfurt, Mannheimer Strasse 15, 60327 Frankfurt/Main.

Take a taxi or the S-Bahn from main train station to Hauptwache. From there the conference center "Ev Akademie" Römerberg 9 is within a 6-10 minute walking distance.

Online timetable for Frankfurt public transport can be consulted here: RMV

Arrival by car:

Frankfurt is easy to reach from all directions with one of the busiest motorway interchanges. Notice, that parking in the city is limited and might be expensive. Drivers need a green sticker to enter Frankfurt´s low-emission zone! Ask your hotel for parking spaces.

 Register here