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The Women’s Forum Meetings aim to bring together leaders from all over the world – women and men – representing the business world, the government, academic circles, culture, etc. in order to give new perspectives to key issues in our present and our future; to create a powerful, global network in order to strengthen the influence of women throughout the world; to draw up innovative and concrete action plans to encourage women’s contribution to society and promote diversity in the business world.

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Women's Forum Global Meeting 2015

10.14.2015 - 10.16.2015 • Deauville, France
Energizing the world!

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Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Citadelle

 

Our future is  notoriously unpredictable. Part of the reason is that, as the creative species, people keep producing new scientific and technological innovations, changing our business models, questioning political institutions, and challenging social norms. We can fight this churn. Or we can live it with energy and confidence – acting together to seek to produce a better tomorrow.

 

Building on a theme of Energizing the world!, the 11th edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting will feature three agenda streams, each a major avenue for women leaders to join their peers, male and female, to enable our future to come:

  • Addressing vital needs: How are we going to address people’s vital needs – and not unequally, but rather via new means to ensure access for all?
  • Crafting the future: Important scientific and technological advances already underway will further disrupt business models, even as they open exciting (if sometimes frightening) new socio-political prospects. How can/should we engage with their multiple implications?
  • Creative fires: If we want to make a better world tomorrow, we have to listen to youth – whose world it will be – and to create conditions for entrepreneurship and creativity to better flourish. What are some of the best ways to accomplish this?

 

These agenda streams guide both the general program and the Discovery, the Forum’s renowned ‘event within an event.’ The Discovery, recognized globally as the Forum’s signature space, will be co-created with the support of partners in a dedicated area of 2000 sq. meters. The Discovery agenda of workshops and ‘meet with’ and ‘Discovery moment’ sessions is already taking form via selected topic areas; session themes will follow shortly.

 

Confirmed speakers include (as of 26 August 2015):

  • Barbara Hendricks, Singer and humanitarian
  • Anousheh Ansari, Cofounder and Chairman, Prodea Systems
  • Yannick Bolloré, CEO, Havas
  • Katharina Borchert, CEO, Spiegel Online
  • Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women
  • Maria Seidman, Co-founder and CEO, Yapp

 

Download list of confirmed speakers (as of 27 August 2015).

 

Download the list of the Women's Forum Global Meeting Program Committee.

 

Wed. 14 October
Thu. 15 October
Fri. 16 October

12:00-13:45 Welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Mayor of Deauville

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14:15-14:30 Forum welcome

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14:30-15:30 How do you energize the world?

In these opening interviews an architect, a researcher, and a CEO stir our imaginations with their stories of how they contribute to energizing the world.

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15:30-16:00 Networking break

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16:00-17:00 How are digital technologies driving poverty reduction?

People tend to be utopian when it comes to the digital revolution. So what are some of the best examples of how digital is improving the life conditions and livelihoods of very poor people? And what do these examples tell us about what digital can achieve – the conditions for digital poverty alleviation – and also about where we must look to other processes for change?

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17:00-17:15 Closing the gender gap in the economy

The global economic gender gap is a $12 -28 trillion GDP opportunity. Action on ten “impact zones” now would cover more than 75 percent of women affected by gender inequality by 2025.

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17:15-17:15 Room change

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17:30-18:15 New batteries for cleaner transport - and more

The battery storage issue – why it is crucial to developing cleaner transport – and the state-of-the-art on innovation in this area.

Speakers

Nina Gardner

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17:30-18:15 Who will benefit most from digital currency?

Digital money is now so advanced that countries like Ecuador are making plans to convert to digital for their national currencies. Why is this happening, and who will benefit most from this digital revolution?

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17:30-18:15 Agri-tech breakthroughs to feed a hungry world

Find out how precision agriculture is raising farming yields while reducing water and pesticide inputs. And discover what aquaponics could mean for urban farming.

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17:30-18:15 Inspired by nature

People are increasingly looking at nature to get inspired and the use of natural resources is today often at the forefront of creativity. Find out more about innovative businesses and meet 5 women entrepreneurs, 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards finalists, whose vision was sparked off by nature.

Speakers

Henry Bonsu

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17:30-18:15 The rise of smart cities in Asia: Reality or urban utopia?

Singapore recently unveiled an exciting plan to become the world’s first “truly smart nation.” How will the city-state use technology and engineering to further overcome its land and natural resources constraints? To improve quality of life? And what will the smart cities changes mean, for better or worse, for urban inequalities?

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18:15-18:30 Room change

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18:30-19:30 Is “less is more” the solution to addressing vital needs?

Our economies still depend on “take, make, and dispose” industrial processes and household debt to finance consumer-led growth. Yet inequality statistics, demography, and climate science alike indicate that this system is unsustainable. Isn’t it time to fundamentally change our economic growth model? A debate to include next generation voices and perspectives.

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20:00-22:30 Energizing the world: The role of the December climate conference

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08:30-09:30 Five sci tech advances that are revolutionizing our near future

Drones, anticipatory computing, metalloproteins, new cures for deadly tropical diseases: forget about the world in 2030, these scientific and technological discoveries are already happening today.

Speakers

Vivek Wadhwa

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09:45-10:15 On the cusp: The promise of breakthrough brain research

We have seen dramatic yet little-publicized advances in recent years in understanding the workings of the human mind. Many of these have direct relevance for brain-computer interface and machine learning and artificial intelligence – making I, Robot no longer science fiction.

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10:15-11:15 Crafting a career in the era of smart machines

Beyond the hype that robotization means a jobless future - which jobs are clearly going to disappear in the next decade due to automation? Where could the opportunities lie, and what does this tell us about the attitudes and skill sets we should cultivate in ourselves, our children, and our societies?

Speakers

Joel Dullroy

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10:50-10:11 Discovery sessions

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11:00-11:30 Networking break

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11:30-12:30 Crafting a career in the era of smart machines

Beyond the hype that robotization means a jobless future - which jobs are clearly going to disappear in the next decade due to automation? Where could the opportunities lie, and what does this tell us about the attitudes and skill sets we should cultivate in ourselves, our children, and our societies?

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Joel Dullroy

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11:45-12:30 Gimme shelter: Narrowing the affordable housing gap in the world’s cities

What approaches could open more affordable housing and change the housing game?

Speakers

Monika Queisser

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11:45-12:30 We have to talk about the drones

The use of drones is only going to grow. What are the most pressing safety issues this new industry is creating, and how are governments and industry responding?

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11:45-12:30 How will car sharing and mobile apps change urban transportation?

There’s a new relationship taking form in cities between cars and passengers. Join this session to find out more about what’s happening and how it may link up with public transit to create a different urban transportation future.

Speakers

Sonja Heikkilä

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11:45-12:30 Counterfeit medicines: A global, fast-growing criminal activity threatening our lives

The counterfeiting of medicines is becoming one of the main activities of international organised crime. The yearly death tool while difficult to assess is estimated to tenth of thousands; patients on all continents are targeted, both in developed and emerging economies. This calls for immediate action, women have a key role to play in this fight.

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11:45-12:30 The increasing need to be connected … locally

Meet with the latest trendsetters in digital technology and discover how 5 innovative entrepreneurs, 2015 Cartier Women’s Awards finalists, use technology and social networks to re-connect people at the local level.

Speakers

Henry Bonsu

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12:30-14:00 Networking lunch

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14:00-14:15 Room change

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14:15-14:45 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards ceremony

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14:45-15:15 Energizing learning

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15:15-16:00 Energizing women’s rights

Speakers

Su-Mei Thompson

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16:30-17:00 Is handwashing really 9/10 of creating better sanitation?

Yes, hygiene matters a great deal. But for real change, we have to look at microbial ecology and environmental engineering – and generate strong partnerships with corporations.

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16:30-17:00 Creativity takes playing around

An educator and creativity expert helps us better understand how creativity gets squashed, and the crucial roles of experimentation and play in enabling innovation. So how to nurture creativity in our children -- and enlarge the space for creative processes in our societies?

Speakers

Theo Sowa

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16:30-17:15 Leading with relational intelligence

A conversation about open leadership and how to foster relationships at work based on respect and dynamic common purpose.

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16:30-17:15 Feeding the future: Creating a better supply chain

There is a worldwide growing need in the improvement of the food supply and security chain. Discover how 5 innovative entrepreneurs, 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards finalists, are tackling this issue via creative tech solutions.

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16:30-16:15 The future of wellness

Sleep, Food, Sport & Spa: the AccorHotels Luxury & Upscale Collection reveals its new vision of wellness. Our lifestyle muse Mrs Marisa Berenson will testimony.

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16:30-17:15 Breathe life (back) into the European dream: An intergenerational debate

Since its origins Europe is a factor of progress and works in favour of women. Nevertheless, it emerges that the multitudes of actions undertaken at the European level in this respect are not familiar to them. In this session, 3 generations of women will share their vision on Europe. How do they see Europe on key issues such as diversity, youth, education, and jobs? What do they expect? What more could be done? Are the crisis, increasing unemployment and the rise of nationalist feelings breaking down the European ideal? What Europe do we want for the future generations?

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17:15-17:30 Changing room

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17:30-18:15 Social media marketing: How to reach fragmented communities and people with limited attention spans?

The average attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds. Ours is 8 seconds (down from 12 in 2000). We’re also increasingly breaking off online into affinity groups. What does this mean for social media marketing?

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Estelle Metayer

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17:30-18:15 Inventing the future of space

A conversation between first- and second-generation astronauts and new space entrepreneurs.

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17:30-18:15 Women in cities

What would a woman-friendly city look like? How can cities improve the opportunities for women and girls to participate actively in decision-making around urban futures? How might new technologies and business models for urban transportation achieve more inclusive cities, including for women?

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17:30-18:15 Improving science through technology

Science and technologies have never been as interconnected as today, thus contributing strongly to create a better future for our societies. Meet and exchange with 4 innovative women entrepreneurs, 2015 Cartier Women’s Award finalists, who created their business based on improvement opportunities for the scientific world.

Speakers

Henry Bonsu

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17:30-18:15 Creating a sustainable eco rubber

Discover about the recent creation of a joint venture in Indonesia, victim of an uncontrolled deforestation, for the creation of a sustainable eco rubber. This project, in collaboration with the, aims to recreate a natural environment, to create subsistence crops for the local population, and to replant other endemic botanical species, while creating 16 000 direct or indirect local jobs.

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18:15-18:30 Room change

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18:30-20:15 The Forum cocktail reception

Enjoy a movable feast while networking with new and old friends at the Global Meeting’s Thursday-night cocktail reception.

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20:30-21:45 The forum in song

With a special performance by Barbara Hendricks.

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08:00-08:30 Coffee available in the Discovery

Coffee available in the Discovery

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08:30-09:15 Coming back from death: A conversation with Ramona Pierson

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08:30-09:15 Will data-driven shopping lead us back to brick-and-mortar stores?

Why e-commerce outlets are opening physical stores -- and how retailers are creating new and exciting ways to integrate online with in-store.

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08:30-09:15 Discovery sessions

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09:15-09:30 Room change

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09:30-10:30 Lighting many fires

Hosted by CEO Champions
A conversation between senior and next generation leaders on helping women to rise to positions of increased influence and responsibility. How is good mentorship practice changing today? And what to do about the biases and constraints which still affect women’s prospects for advancement?

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Seraina Maag

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10:30-11:00 Networking break

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11:00-11:45 Intrapreneurship: A new model – or a new buzzword – for successful innovation by large companies?

Companies have good reasons for fostering innovation by employees within the firm’s structure. But is intrapraneurship working for the companies concerned? And for the employees?

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11:00-11:45 Cybersecurity: Meeting the growing commercial and national/international challenges

A discussion about emerging threats and how they can be addressed.

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Keren Gabber

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11:00-11:45 Cooking creativity: Making the restaurants of tomorrow

Join 3 star Michelin chef Anne-Sophie Pic to talk great food and innovating in the business of food.

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11:00-11:45 Discovery sessions

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11:45-12:00 Room change

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12:00-13:00 New leaders for a new world?

We close the Forum with a freewheeling discussion between established and up-and-coming business leaders on heading companies in the future. On both sides, from both perspectives, what are the management approaches and leadership expectations which won't cut it? And what will make for good (innovative, team- and market-building, value-creating) next-generation leadership?

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13:00-13:15 Looking towards 2016

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Clara Gaymard

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PLAN YOUR PARTICIPATION

Collection of badges will start on Wednesday 14 October at 9am.

The first session (Forum Welcome) will start at 14:15.

The last session of the Forum will end on Friday 16 October at 13:15.

 

WOMEN’S FORUM VENUE

Centre International de Deauville

Les Planches

BP 71100 - 1, rue Lucien Barrière

14800 Deauville cedex

Tel: + 33 (0) 2 31 14 14 14

Fax:+ 33 (0) 2 31 14 01 01

 

ACCOMMODATION IN DEAUVILLE 

For more information on your stay in Deauville please contact directly the Deauville Tourist Office  +33 (0)2 31 14 40 00.

 

HOW TO REACH DEAUVILLE

 

From outside France:

Visit http://www.airfranceklm-globalmeetings.com/ to access attractive discounts on a wide range of fares on all Air France and KLM flights worldwide

Event ID Code to keep for the booking: 26146AF

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Through a renewed partnership, Thalys will provide first class “Comfort 1” return tickets for delegates attending the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2015, once registration for the event has been completed. Delegates from different cities along the Thalys routes will be seated together in first class carriages – a unique networking experience starting from the moment you begin your journey to Deauville.

  • Route no. 1 from Germany: Essen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Köln, Aachen, Paris
  • Route no. 2 from the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Schiphol, Rotterdam, Paris
  • Route no. 3 from Brussels to Paris

 

Outbound:      Tuesday 14 October, noon & Wednesday 15 October, morning and noon

Return:           Friday 16 October, afternoon and evening

 

To book your tickets, please contact: delegates2015@womens-forum.com

 

From Paris Airports

  1. Public transportation:

 

From CDG airport:

  • Suburb Train RER + Metro + Train*: Reach Paris Saint Lazare by RER B to Châtelet Les Halles and metro line 14.
  • Taxi + Train*: Reach Paris Saint Lazare by taxi.

From Orly airport :

  • Shuttle OrlyVal + Suburb Train RER B + metro + Train* : Reach Paris Saint Lazare by shuttle OrlyVal/RER B to Châtelet Les Halles and metro line 14.
  • Taxi + Train*: Reach Paris Saint Lazare by taxi.

 *From Paris Saint-Lazare take the train to Trouville-Deauville. Click here to book your train tickets

 

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From Central Paris

By train:

Direct connection from Paris Saint-Lazare to Trouville-Deauville, multiple round trips per day. A shuttle service will be provided between the Trouville-Deauville train station and the conference center. Click here to book your train tickets

By road:

Caen-Deauville: N176 then N177Paris-Deauville: A13, 195 km, including 186 km of highway (necessary time: approx. 2h05mn)More information on Mappy website.

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WEATHER

The average temperature in Deauville is between 13°C and 17°C in October.

 

DRESS CODE

The dress code is business / business-casual for all events. Bear in mind that the changing weather could mean chilly evenings. A light, water-resistant jacket is a good idea for the colder nights.