November 29, 2022

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Investing is a way to not only influence your own future, but also to participate in the world and society around you. The conference focuses on inspiring women who invest in many areas. Whether it be in the purely financial world, investment portfolios and impact investing, but also investing in philanthropy, art, science and also in themselves.

We have prepared a prestigious program full of established speakers and panelists including former first lady of the Czech Republic Dagmar Havlová, model, philanthropist and founder of her own foundation Tereza Maxová, former minister of finance of Ukraine and director of the Stronger Than Ever Foundation Natalie Jaresko, and many more. Panel discussions will cover the topics on art of investing, how women evaluate opportunities and minimize risks, and how investments can support the future. And also how to invest wisely, sustainably and ethically.


Dagmar Havlová Veškrnová

Popular and award-winning Czech theater, film and television actress. She was the wife of late President Václav Havel since 1997. As First Lady she accompanied him on his professional duties and was intensively involved in charity work. After the death of her husband, she administered his legacy. In 1997, she founded the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97, of which she is the chairman of the board. In 2004, she also founded the Václav Havel Library. She is a member of Femmes d'Europe and Honorary Chair of the Czech Committee of UNICEF. She is an active member of a number of other Czech and international charitable organizations. At present, in addition to her charity work, she is again an actor.

Tereza Maxová

Leading Czech top model born in Pardubice who has been active for almost three decades in the world of modeling and was cooperating with top brands such as Karl Lagerfled, La Perla, Donna Karan, Hermés or Giorgio Armani. Her face has appeared on the cover of leading fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie-Claire and Glamour. Yet she never lost touch with the real world. In 1997, after a visit to an orphanage in Krč, she began helping children in need. She is the recipient of many international awards in the field of philanthropy. She lives with her family alternately in Prague, Turkey and the south of France. The mission of the Tereza Maxová Children's Foundation is to allow every child to experience a happy and safe childhood in a family environment and to give disadvantaged children a chance for a better life.

Michaela Seewald

Founder of V24 MEDIA, a multimedia company focused on creating and delivering premium content through print and digital platforms, which she manages to enable leading brands to access new and fast-growing markets. She is the publisher of the most iconic fashion magazine Vogue CS, which she licensed from Condé Nast in 2018. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University and is a member of the Czech Bar Association. She co- founded SV Law, a Prague-based law firm specializing in intellectual property and advertising law.

Danuše Nerudová

Economist, professor and rector emeritus of Mendel University in Brno (2018–2022). In her professional career, she focuses mainly on taxes, pensions and equal opportunities for women and men. Since 2018, she has chaired the Commission for Fair Pensions, which presented a proposal for pension reform with broad professional and political consensus. In April 2020, together with other economists, she founded the civic initiative KoroNERV-20. She and her husband Robert have two sons and live in Brno. She is a presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

Panel discussion: Impact investing and philanthropy

Margareta Křížová

She is active in consultancy on the purchase and sale of companies (M&A) and venture capital investments. But her heart is also in helping entrepreneurs and startups. She runs the NEWTON Business Accelerator on Newton University and is a frequent judge in entrepreneurship competitions. She has written a book How to run a business and not go crazy, hosted her own show Entrepreneurship from A to ZET on Radio Zet, hosted a show on Czech TV called We Got It on financial literacy and writes a blog on

Silke Horáková

She is the co-founder of Tilia Impact Ventures, the first social impact fund in the Czech Republic, and co-owner of Albatros Media, the largest Czech book publishing company. She is the founder and chairperson of the supervisory board of the Albatros Foundation, which supports socially disadvantaged children in education, and a co-founder of the Independent Journalism Foundation Fund in the Czech Republic. She has worked closely with national and international organizations like Ashoka, NESsT and the Social Impact Award, on the promotion and development of social entrepreneurship. Currently, she serves as a member of the board of the European Venture Philanthropy Association and as a member of the Ashoka ASN global advisory board.

Lenka Koenigsmark

Marketing Director of MATTEL for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, who started to focus on diversity and inclusion after the birth of her severely disabled son. She often lectures on these topics, runs her son's Instagram blog where she shares stories from her life on a daily basis under the motto: happiness has nothing to do with disability. This year she ran for the Senate in Prague 6.

Jan Koenigsmark

After years of running an international transport company, in 2017 he decided to devote himself full time to caring for his disabled son. This experience transformed him so much that he graduated as a driver-paramedic and has been driving an ambulance in Prague since April 2022.

Jana Laštovka

Jana Laštovka founded in 2013 the first online sales gallery of "Young Real Art". During her studies at AVU she was already thinking about a new presentation platform for students and graduates. The friendly digital environment of her gallery allows the general community of those interested in fine art to get acquainted with the works of young artists in detail and to get selected works to customers in the easiest way and with the lowest possible costs. In the gallery's nearly ten years of existence, a community of creators and consumers has been formed and expanded, convinced that original art is not a luxury for snobs, but a creative way of communication.

William Rudolf Lobkowicz

Distinguished member of The House of Lobkowicz, a cultural organization that manages the Lobkowicz Collections, one of Europe's oldest and finest private collections, with items dating back over 2,000 years. With the vision of sharing the past and creating the future, the House of Lobkowicz wants to explore the intersection of the traditional art world and the rapidly evolving technology behind NFTs. Through the use of this technology the Lobkowicz Collections has managed to receive funding to restore 58 different pieces. In an increasingly digital age, the House of Lobkowicz is exploring how technology can broaden accessibility to cultural heritage.


Nicole Krajčovičová

Nicole Krajčovičová has worked at ČSOB since 1996. She graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and completed the MBA programme at the Czech Technical University in cooperation with Sheffield Hallam University. In 2012, she joined the Board of Directors of ČSOB Asset Management and seven years later became its CEO. She is responsible for managing client funds and portfolios, investment strategy

Linda Šejdová

Linda Šejdová co-founded the company Snuggs which develops high quality and effective products for intimate care, such as period underwear and more. She also has experience from other startups; she worked at Lidská, Productboard and BudgetBakers. She created global marketing strategies and led the marketing team as marketing manager.

Kristin Parpel

Kristin is an executive coach and leadership consultant with over 25 years of business experience. She runs her own company, KLP Coaching, which offers individual coaching and team programs focused on leadership, diversity and mentoring. She is also a steering committee member and mentor in the Equilibrium mentoring program for women (organized by the British Chamber of Commerce) , as well as a mentor in the EWOB (European Women on Boards) program, and an international mentor for the My Odyssey mentoring program. Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Kristin has also been mentoring displaced Ukraine professionals, in hopes of helping them find meaningful work abroad.

Tomáš Sedláček

Author of the philosophical-economic book Economics of Good and Evil, which has been translated into 21 languages, and in many countries It has become a bestseller in many countries and won major international awards. At the age of 24 he became an economic advisor to President Václav Havel. He was included in the prestigious list of the 100 Top Thought Leaders (GDI). He is a member of several important international and Czech organizations, he is the chairman of the supervisory board of Vize 97 and the program board of the Forum 2000.

Bára Nesvadbová

Used to be editor-in-chief of numerous magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Xantypa, Playboy, Harper's Bazaar, and is the author of eighteen books. Ten books of fiction, two books of fairy tales and one on fashion. She is an active member of Etincelle, a company that employs mentally handicapped fellow citizens, founder of the Be Charity Foundation, which cares for children after serious illness or injury, funds primary, precedent-setting, orphan surgeries in teaching hospitals and equips surgical units with equipment, and is also a patron of UNICEF and an ambassador for Giving Tuesday.

Panel Discussion: Investing according to financial investors

Richard Seewald

He is a founder and managing partner at Evolution Equity Partners and is a member of the firm’s investment committee. He leads investments in cybersecurity, enterprise software and data analytics and brings over three decades of investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience to his role. He is an investor and board member in category- defining software companies like AVG Technologies, OpenDNS, Cognitive Security, Carbon Black, Security Scorecard, Onapsis, LogPoint, DFLabs, Fortscale and Panaseer. He  graduated from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business, New York Law School and Pace University. He was awarded a Kauffman Fellowship by the Palo Alto based Society of Kauffman Fellows and sits on the global advisory board of the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Silke Horáková

She is the co-founder of Tilia Impact Ventures, the first social impact fund in the Czech Republic, and co-owner of Albatros Media, the largest Czech book publishing company. She is the founder and chairperson of the supervisory board of the Albatros Foundation, which supports socially disadvantaged children in education, and a co-founder of the Independent Journalism Foundation Fund in the Czech Republic. She has worked closely with national and international organizations like Ashoka, NESsT and the Social Impact Award, on the promotion and development of social entrepreneurship. Currently, she serves as a member of the board of the European Venture Philanthropy Association and as a member of the Ashoka ASN global advisory board.

Natalie Jaresko

The US-born financial manager served as Ukraine's Minister of Finance from December 2014 to April 2016. She co-founded the successful private equity investment firm Horizon Capital. In 2017, she was appointed Executive Director of the Financial Oversight and Management Council of Puerto Rico, where she served until April this year. She is the Chair of Aspen Institute Kyiv, serves on the Board of Directors of Superhumans (hospital) and leads the Stronger Than Ever Foundation to support the humanitarian needs of Ukraine.

Jan Sýkora

Jan Sýkora is a partner of WOOD & Company, a Central European financial group that has been providing comprehensive investment banking services for more than 30 years. He is responsible for management and strategic decisions across the group. He is also a member of the boards of directors of a number of companies and organizations including the Prague Stock Exchange, the International School of Prague and the Young Presidents' Organization.

Emília Wardrop

Emilia is a founding partner of ESPIRA Investments, a private equity firm that invests growth capital in SMEs in the Central European region. One of the elements of the company's investment philosophy is to focus on companies led by diversified teams of both men and women. Emilia has been investing in the Central European region for over 15 years. She is also a member of the investment committee for Tilia Impact Ventures and was the founder of the non-profit organization AkSen - Active Senior in the Czech Republic. Emilia is a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Margareta Křížová


9:00 - 10:00

registration and breakfast

10:00 - 10:05

opening of the Vogue Live Talks conference

10:05 - 10:20

Dagmar Havlová and Michaela Seewald

on philanthropy and the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation Vize 97

10:20 – 10:40

Tereza Maxová and Margareta Křížová

on children as the future of our country and the Tereza Maxová Foundation

10:40 – 11:00

Danuše Nerudová a Margareta Křížová

Change for future

coffee break

11:20 -12:30

Panel discussion

Impact investing and philanthropy

We live in a world of pressure to perform, a world where money is the main indicator of success and perceived joy in life. These are times of rapid change and uncertainty. It's up to us to see how we can stay financially and also mentally well in this world. In addition to stocks and funds our investment portfolio can also contain joy, beauty, inspiration and good relationships with our loved ones. Investing in these commodities can prove to be the most valuable in our lives, and the least financially demanding. We have invited speakers who understand investing in a broader sense, and are happy to be inspired.


Margareta Křížová, moderator

Silke Horáková

Lenka a Jan Koenigsmarkovi

Jana Laštovka

William Rudolf Lobkowicz


13:30 – 13:50

Nicole Krajčovičová

How to start investing

13:50 – 14:10

Linda Šejdová

Innovation as Investment

14:10 - 14:30

Kristin Parpel

The power and impact of investing in yourself

14:30 - 14:50

Tomáš Sedláček a Bára Nesvadbová

Values as investment

coffee break

15:05 - 16:15

Panel Discussion

Investing according to financial investors

The second panel discussion focuses on the stories of successful investors who will share not only advice on how to invest big, but also their experiences and first steps that gradually led them to international success. You'll hear inspiring stories of courage that have put big plans on a solid financial foundation. (note: the panel will be conducted in English)


Richard Seewald, moderator

Silke Horáková

Natalie Jaresko

Jan Sýkora

Emilia Wardrop

coffee break a networking


launch of the National Theatre Ballet 2023 calendar

with General Director Jan Burian, art director of the National Theatre Ballet Filip Barankiewicz, and their guests. The calendar was prepared by the creative team of Vogue Czechoslovakia.

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The Vogue Live Talks conference will take place at the Andaz Prague Hotel, Senovážné náměstí 976/31, 110 00 Prague 1

Parking capacities at the venue are very limited. Please use public transport (Jindřišská stop) or parking in the surrounding streets. This is a zone of Prague 1.

Yes, refreshments are provided for you throughout the day.

The Vogue Live Talks conference will primarily be in Czech. The second panel discussion will be conducted in English.
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