Energizing the world!
14-16 OCTOBER 2015 Deauville, France
#WF15 Best Of Women's Forum Global Meeting 2015

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 :

  • 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



Women in Media in 2015 


Recent international and French studies show that men outnumber women on news and current affairs programs four to one. There is a need for more female voices in our media landscape. This years' edition of Women in Media focused on “Tradigital Media” a neologism for what used to be called old media in this new, post-digital-transition era. We looked at how the pillars of traditional media have weathered the winds of societal and technological change, facing down their next-gen competitors to become digital goliaths in their own right. What will become of television, radio and the press in this fast-changing media landscape?


Worskhop and pre-meeting session in the Google Offices before the Women's Forum Global Meeting 2015




Sessions scheduled within the Discovery Program addressed topics such as the future of television in the revolutionized digital world, the changes this revolution is introducing and how the different media outlets are pushing back with new optimized platforms designed for digital distribution in an effort to stay competitive. In this years' edition, we also discussed the role of Yahoo and Google in the media landscape as well as examined how women experts stand out in the media. 


The Women in Media corner offers also support through intensive individual television and radio coaching by teams of top reporters from TF1 and France Médias Monde. Participants will also receive a complete debrief regarding their media training.