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Monika Rajska-Wolińska wins the Female Champion of Change title

Monika Rajska-Wolińska, Managing Partner of Colliers International in Poland, has won the 10th edition of Businesswoman of the Year competition in the Female Champion of Change category. The jury awarded the title to Monika for her effective activities in activating women in business as well as for creating long-term mechanisms inside the company aimed at supporting diversity, which may later introduce permanent change and at the same time are the examples of practices worth following.

Businesswoman of the Year is a nationwide and prestigious competition organised by the Sukces Pisany Szminką foundation, which for 10 years has been recognising the successes of women in business, science and culture, and also opening up a wide variety of additional development opportunities for participants.

The competition jury features representatives of different business communities and sectors, including Polish business legend Dr Irena Eris, who chairs the jury, as well as sportswoman Anna Lewandowska and Head of Polsat Cafe TV programme and journalist Jolanta Borowiec.

Monika Rajska-Wolińska won in the Female Champion of Change category, in which the competition recognises women leaders working for corporations who hold high positions, implement programs to support women and develop diversity policy in their organisation.

“Women have enormous potential and strength, they are like unpolished diamonds – we only have to give them a chance and trust, create conducive conditions and show support and understanding. The moment I took over the position of Managing Partner I have been involved in supporting women’s career development, both in our company and in the business environment. Women represent about 65% of all employees in our company, and they work as partners, directors and managers. I am very happy to receive such an award and I would like to say thank you for it on behalf of all women who work at Colliers,” says Monika Rajska-Wolińska, Managing Partner of Colliers International in Poland.

Monika Rajska-Wolińska has over 20 years of experience in the real estate sector. In 2011, she started working for Colliers International as Managing Partner. For many years she has been supporting women’s professional activity, for example as a mentor in the Women Leadership in Business Foundation. Monika has initiated many programs aimed at creating equal opportunities, raising competences and helping the fast professional development of female employees. She also participates in many different events, meetings and discussion panels, supporting women in business. She cooperates with Vital Voices – the Polish division of the international organisation Vital Voices Global Partnership, founded in 1997 by Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright. Monika Rajska-Wolińska is a founder of the International Leaders Forum, a member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and also a member of Young Presidents’ Organisation. In 2015, she was honoured with the Professional of the Year title in the prestigious sector competition the CEE Quality Awards. She has also been selected twice for 100 Women in Business ranking organised by Puls Biznesu Polish daily.

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Monika Rajska-Wolinska

Chief Executive Officer | CEE


As Managing Partner of Colliers International in Poland, Monika is responsible for all strategic and operational activities of the company. She has over 20 years of experience in the real estate sector and is  a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the CEO Round Table, Young Presidents' Organization and Women Leadership in Business Foundation. Monika is a licensed property manager passionate about real estate and delivering tailor made solutions. In April 2015, Monika was named Professional of the Year in the prestigious CEE Quality Awards organised in cooperation with the Financial Times. Monika is one of the twelve members of the Colliers EMEA Board, which sets the direction of the company’s development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Monika graduated from the Sheffield Hallam University, Faculty of Development and Society, and holds an MBA from The Polish Open University affiliated with Oxford Brookes in London. She is a local patriot promoting Poland among foreign investors and tenants. A real fan of innovative, out-of-the-box solutions taking business to the next level of development.

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