International Women's Day Roundtable
7-8 March 2013
A.T. Kearney recognized International Women's Day with four programs around the world—Abu Dhabi, Brussels, São Paulo, and Washington, D.C. The theme for the A.T. Kearney IWD programs in Brussels, São Paulo, and Washington D.C. was “Governance, Girls, and Growth: Unlocking Potential in a Changing World." The theme for Abu Dhabi was "Inspire! Impact! Impower!"
These roundtable programs facilitated an exchange of views and inspired thoughtful debate on issues affecting women in the workplace, both today and in the future. The programs were attended by senior women executives from corporations, government, and non-government organizations. Led by the A.T. Kearney Global Business Policy Council, roundtable attendees had the opportunity to help shape the primary research on women's issues.
Countries and companies can capture a competitive advantage by bringing women into the workforce and keeping them there.
Increasing women's role in corporate leadership requires more development and support at lower ranks.
Workplace flexibility provides a hidden opportunity to draw and keep women in the workplace.
Governance, Girls, and Growth: Unlocking Potential in a Changing World
A.T. Kearney partner, chairman emeritus, and chairman of the Global Business Policy Council, Paul Laudicina, gave an inspired talk on "Values-Based Leadership" during the Thursday evening welcome dinner. Laura Liswood, secretary general, Council of Women World Leaders, and senior advisor of Goldman Sachs, provided the keynote remarks during the Friday program and led the group in a lively discussion. The program participants discussed three topics during the Friday program: global strategies for girls and growth, girl power and governance, and gender matters for generation Y.
The final session speaker, Paul Grinvalds, director of AFRIpads, shared the story of his Ugandan start up that manufactures and distributes reusable sanitary solutions to enable school girls and women to stay in school or hold down steady employment. A.T. Kearney has been a pro bono advisor to AFRIpads since 2009.
The Brussels event began on the evening of March 7 with a networking reception and remarks by A.T. Kearney partner, Tanja Wielgoss. During dinner the group heard from Caroline Casey, who founded the not-for-profit organization, Kanchi, a group that works to change mindsets and behaviors around disabilities.
Johan Aurik, A.T. Kearney managing partner and chairman, introduced the program on March 8. The keynote speaker, Margaret Heffernan, provided an engaging, enlightening, and practical synopsis of life lessons and challenges for the attendees. In the afternoon session, Christine Brown-Quinn, co-founder of the Women in Business Super Series, talked about how a new generation of professionals is redefining work habits to provide an opportunity to draw and keep women in the workplace.
Sanne Bolkenstein, social entrepreneur and board member of AFRIpads, shared the story of her Ugandan start up that manufactures and distributes reusable sanitary solutions to enable school girls and women to stay in school or hold down steady employment. A.T. Kearney has been a pro bono advisor to AFRIpads since 2009.
A breakfast reception was held in Sao Paulo, hosted by Silvana Machado, A.T. Kearney partner and head of Brazil. Throughout the meeting, women executives had a chance to network, share ideas, and discuss issues affecting women in the workplace. Key discussion topics included the impact of women on productivity, work environment and results, challenges in career development, and key success factors.
Inspire! Impact! Impower!
"Inspire! Impact! Impower!" was a half-day lunch forum held at the INSEAD Abu Dhabi campus. The program brought together women leaders from the Middle East and provided a global platform to share their experiences. The women leaders who attended the program have left a significant footprint in business, politics, sports, and the arts. The participants heard stories from women leaders and participated in a discussion on how all women can enhance their lives and careers through innovation.