The female-focused group ‘Be Here Now’ is set to take Le Meridien Monaco by storm on Friday, October 16, as the ladies prepare for another fascinating luncheon. The guest speaker on this occasion will be Irina Maria Peterson, a kind and familiar face in the Principality who will talk about her mission of ocean protection and conservation with Ocean Amazon and eXXpedition.

BHN was founded by Beverly Holt and Kim Holm with the purpose of bringing together ladies from across the Côte d’Azur so that they may network, lunch and get to know one another in a supportive environment. “Whether you want to contribute your time to worthy causes, or just have fun with other exceptional ladies – there’s a place for you in our association.” reads the group’s website, accessible here.

It’s not just about sharing a laugh over a bottle of vino though, no, these ladies aim to make a difference. The group shift their attention to a different speaker each month, and this time it will be Irina Maria Peterson who will inspire with tales from her eXXpedition, a female-only scientific expedition organisation in which Irina was the Principality’s only representative. Irina’s agenda doesn’t stop there, a self-proclaimed “imperfect activist”, she strives to bring about meaningful change in an achievable manner for a better world.

Featured Image courtesy of eXXpedition, Irina Maria Peterson dons a dolphin cap