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Women in Leadership - the Competitive Edge

10 and 11 March 2011

  Women in Leadership - the Competitive Edge

From rural communities to corporate boardrooms, the world of business is being transformed by women. But, it’s no longer just a matter of equality. Companies with women in management positions perform better, and businesses are increasingly taking note. How will a leadership shift to more women influence our future? And, what are the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for women and men that champion a more balanced business environment?

IMD, a leading international business school, and W.I.N, the global women’s leadership organization, will join forces in exploring the topic of women in leadership on March 10-11. Save the date, as we invite you to participate in this 1.5 day event. You will hear perspectives from W.I.N's founder Kristin Engvig as well as IMD faculty including Martha Maznevski, Bettina Buechel and Ginka Toegel. In addition, top business leaders, athletes, artists and futurists will share their ideas and experiences. There will be a mix of plenary and interactive sessions and you will also get a chance to network and learn from other leaders attending the event.

The event will open at 16:30 on March 10th, and will be followed by an introductory session and a networking dinner. The following day will continue with guest speakers, forum discussions, and interactive sessions. The event will end with a farewell cocktail at 17:00 on March 11th.

The event is being held as a non-for-profit event – all proceeds will go towards sponsoring women from the developing world.



550 Euro per person with a 100 Euro discount for IMD Corporate Learning Network members, IMD Alumni, WIN Corporate Network Group Members and confirmed 2011 Partners.
January discount: Early birds that sign up in January, will pay 450 Euro! 


Engage in this event on Twitter: #IMDwomenWIN

Thursday 10 March

17:00 Registration
18:00 Opening Ceremony
"Women in Leadership -The Competitive Edge"
20:00 Opening Networking Dinner

Friday 11 March

7:30 Morning welcome coffee
9.00 What’s going
An update on the context in which we are working and the trends ahead What are the emerging trends and the environment in which we currently find ourselves and; - How does the changing environment impact strategy making? - How can we prepare for the opportunities ahead? - What are the signs to follow for women and men keen to create gender balanced businesses?
10.15 Networking Coffee
11.00 Where are women having success?
Which are the companies leading the way and what can be learnt? We will ask the leaders of companies leading the way and those that are making a serious effort to share with us what they are doing to embrace women in business. - What are the strategies, what are the programs, how is the culture? - How are women impacting business models and bottom lines?
12.30 Lunch
14.00 How are women having success?
Careers moves, transitions and navigating in a constantly changing environment You will learn from women whose careers stand out and how their courage and perseverance and feminine touch have helped them move ahead and even pave the way for others. We will explore some possible career moves, transitions and ways of navigating in a constantly changing environment, externally as well as internally.
15.30 Coffee
16.00 Breakout Sessions
This is a time for you to value or re-evaluate your career and prepare for a next step contributing with your uniqueness where you are most needed. Topics include: Women on Corporate Boards, Communicate better and clearer, Be a feminine leader, Work-life balance, Negotiate to win-win, Networking, How to brand yourself, Building bridges in the organization.
17.00 Closing Remarks
The end

Guest speakers will include:
- Liv Arnesen, (Norway) Lecturer, Educator and Explorer
- Jemilah Mahmood (Malaysia) Chief, Humanitarian Response Branch, United Nations Population Fund
- Petraea Heynike (South Africa) Nestle Executive Vice President
- Josephine van Zanten (Switzerland) Vice President Diversity and Inclusion Global, Royal Dutch Shell
- Mirella Visser (The Netherlands) Founder Centre for Inclusive Leadership
- Adriana Gardella (United States) Journalist
- Feena May (Ireland), Deputy Head of External Resources Division, The Red Cross
- Clare Corkish (British), HR VP West Europe Region, PepsiCo Europe
- Erica van Ooyen (Dutch), Founder and Director of LEAP! and Center of Sustainable Talent
- Marret M. Leloux (Dutch), Director Customer & Experience, Microsoft Netherlands.
- Prof. Martha Maznevski, (Canada) Organizational Behaviour and International Management, MBA Program Director, IMD Business School
- Prof. Ginka Toegel, (Germany) Organizational Behaviour and Leadership, IMD Business School
- Prof. Bettina Buchel (Germany) Strategy and Organizational Development, IMD Business School
- Prof. Suzanne de Janasz, (United States) Leadership & Organizational Development, IMD Business School
- Prof. Rosa Chun (United Kingdom, Korea) Corporate Reputation, ethics and marketing
- Nadine Hack (United States, Ireland) Executive-in-Residence, IMD Business School
- Dr. Aileen Somers-Ionesco (Ireland), Director Corporate Sustainability Forum

- Dr. Karsten Jonsen, (Denmark) Research Fellow specializing in gender and workforce diversity, IMD Business School

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