2019

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DARING TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE

In 2009, the inaugural Women in Leadership Economic Forum broke new ground in the Middle East by offering a platform for women leaders to gather, build valuable connections and advance the gender parity discussion in the workplace.

Since then, the forum has traveled to Saudi Arabia, China, Malaysia and India, and evolved to a global economic forum, bringing together men and women from both private and public sector, across all industries, with a common vision of building sustainable and inclusive economies and societies.

While staying committed to its initial objective to champion gender diversity, the WIL Economic Forum now shines a light on several imperatives such as the inclusion of the youth and people with determination, social impact, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, innovation and technology, education and philanthropy.

Endorsed by the UAE Minister of Economy, the forum is bringing together 400+ like-minded individuals from around the world, to shape the economy of tomorrow.

This year, the 21st edition of WIL Economic Forum invites all participants to DARE TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE, to lead in times of constant change with vision and courage, to learn from those organizations that are closing the gender gap and to build a community of game changers.

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In the spirit of the initiatives launched for the Year of Giving and in support of the values of the Year of Zayed, the WIL Economic Forum will be providing special rebates, ranging from 500USD to 995USD towards the forum entrance fee.

The forum is sponsored by leading organisations including PfizerFedExEngieAster DMRocheSodexo and Naseba Capital.

The program is opened to managers, executives and entrepreneurs who are the new generation of leaders, giving an opportunity to 200 women to participate to 2 days of interactive discussions, inspirational sessions and workshops with delegates and speakers from all over the world.

WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES

Pledge your commitment to support women’s economic empowerment

The Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) is providing a platform for entities, organisations, individuals and governments to pledge commitments to action to promote a women inclusive economy through programmes, actions, research, policies and regulations or activities that will aim to increase women participation and integration in the economy, eliminating inequality in the workplace, and encouraging entrepreneurship. The pledged actions should be implemented before the end of 2019.

The 7 principles are:

  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination
  3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women
  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

As a signatory of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles, Naseba invites you and your organisation to take the pledge and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

For more information about the Women’s Empowerment Principles, please visit http://www.weprinciples.org/

  • (Timeline for realisation, specific actions/milestones, expected outcome and impact)
    Please click here to confirm you pledge your organisation's support to the Women's Economic Empowerment Principles

CONTENT HUB

Showcase Your Startup at the Largest Startup Gathering in the Kingdom!

What better space to delve into new markets, meet industry leaders, and gain exposure than at the largest startup gathering in the Kingdom! This year, Arabnet Riyadh, the Kingdom’s largest technology event, is expected to convene over 2,000 corporate executives and senior government leaders and 4,000 entrepreneurs, youth, and students under one roof. Do you…

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SILENT NO MORE: THE BATTLE FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

Written by: JUAN CARLOS PASTOR @ IE Business School Women’s position in management and leadership has been prominently discussed in the business literature for over three decades. Yet there is increased frustration that the empowerment of women is not advancing quickly enough. Women continue to lag behind men at every career stage. A recent report…

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Episode 7 : Sophie Le Ray on women empowerment in the Arab world

Valentino Barrioseta sat with Sophie Le Ray during the 20th WIL Economic Forum to discuss women empowerment and the future of women in the economy. Valentino was also a guest speaker on our “Arts to promote social inclusion” panel discussion. You can visit Resonance Collective to hear the podcast here

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Key for success? Empowering individuals equally

In our constantly changing world, empowering individuals equally, men and women, is key for success. We asked Teresa Martin-Retortillo, Executive President of IE Exponential Learning, to answer some questions about what it means tor her to be an empowered woman as well as how she manages to lead and build a successful and meaningful journey…

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Every share counts in the social media conversation when there’s US$28 trillion at stake, and adding your voice to the mix in support of female economic empowerment, ultimately benefits everyone. Social media platforms are the new water cooler conversation starter, and liking, sharing or commenting on a personal or professional level is something that 2.46…

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EDUCATION ROI? PRICELESS!

If budget cutbacks are placing team professional development opportunities in the crosshairs, consider this: 44% of employees cite a lack of opportunity for growth and advancement as a top source of work stress; and we all know that unhappy employees aren’t helping your bottom line. If we drill down to basics, we work to earn…

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CEO NEED TO KNOW

While profitability is an imperative, getting there at any cost is old world ideology and today’s CEO needs to be ahead of the curve in order to lead the business of the future “You can lead the change or be a victim of change,” said Denise M Morrison, who recently stepped down from her role…

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Womens Corporate Sponsorship Program

In the spirit of the initiatives launched for the Year of Giving and in support of the values of the Year of Zayed, the WIL Economic Forum will be providing special rebates, ranging from 500USD to 995USD towards the forum entrance fee. The forum is sponsored by leading organisations including Pfizer, FedEx, Engie, Aster DM,…

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GAME CHANGERS

From a marketing tool originally populated by brand ambassadors, the role of the influencer has evolved into something more meaningful In 2017, CNBC tagged the social media market with an estimated US$1 billion valuation. Influencers get a bad rap in many quarters, and with some experts citing a decline in trust of peer authorities, along…

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JILL AND THE BEANSTALK

While global demand for STEM talent is ushering in a new era of employment opportunity, it’s still a man’s world Between 2000 and 2010, STEM related jobs grew at three times the rate of other jobs and, by the end of this year, a total of 2.4 million STEM vacancies will remain unfilled. With digitalisation…

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