Discovering the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2017


Following the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2017 in Paris, we launched our first Medium publication to bring timely and relevant content about our events and ongoing work to amplify women’s voices on the important topics of our day. Below is an overview of the content covering the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2017.


In a disrupted world, we must dare to lead

by Chiara Corazza and Clara Gaymard

We live in urgent times. In the past year, the world has been rocked by huge political, social, economic and environmental shifts. Unexpected election results have revealed the fault lines in our societies….


Climate change

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Accelerating the transition to clean energy

More than 80% of the world’s energy consumption comes from fossil fuels — petroleum, coal and natural gas — yet these produce the greenhouse gases most responsible for climate change. What can be done to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies like solar and wind?…

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The emergence of climate change leaders

A Future View: Smart, Innovative, Sustainable by Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs, Kering

How businesses are greening their supply chains


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Innovation backed by action, for a better society

Gadgets, algorithms, apps and novel architecture can drive innovation to help make society more inclusive and resilient. But technical fixes must be backed by action from policymakers and other decision-makers….

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Artificial intelligence: the end of the human race? by Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO, Thales Cybersecurity: From burden to competitive advantage

Fintech to the rescue?

Innovating for what matters

Making smart cities human by Chiara Corazza, Managing Director at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society


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Cultivating women leaders

Cultivating female leaders continues to be an elusive goal, delegates at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2017 in Paris were reminded.

“Companies fall into the trap of assuming diversity programmes are sufficient,” said Jean Martin, Executive Director of Gartner. But they do not overcome fundamental problems like unconscious bias, management and cultural issues, she added….

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Leadership roles and professional mentors still eluding women

Lessons from women who lead by Olivia Rauch-Ravisé, Partner, Head of Tax Department, Latham & Watkins

Love the little leader in you! by Sarah Howell, Brand Advisor, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Purpose: the foundation for leadership in a disrupted world by Karin Lutz, Partner and Global Leader, EY Beacon Institute and Women.Fast forward

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck by Tara Shirvani, Infrastructure and Climate Change, World Bank Group

Should the CEO be the Chief Purpose Officer? by Sophie Lambin, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Kite Global Advisors and Head of Programme at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society

When women dare to lead

Society and business

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The drive for female leadership in global humanitarian issues

Medicine has made giant strides in the past 50 years, first in primary care and disease prevention and more recently in high-tech specialty care based on breakthroughs in immunology and genomics….

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Daring to disrupt for a healthier future, sooner by Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao, Managing Director, Resource Mobilisation and Private Sector Partnerships at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Exploring the impacts of deglobalization

Gender-balanced leadership: Why women should NOT be more like men

Gender equality: A legacy we could all be proud of by Gary Coombe, President — Europe, Procter & Gamble

How does business thrive in a disrupted world? Through women’s leadership at all levels by Clara Gaymard, President, Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society

Opening the flow of social impact investment by Alix-Ines Lebec, Executive Vice President of Business Development & Investor Relations, WaterEquity, Inc.

Working together for collective impact by Amanda Smith, Global Sustainability Manager, Diageo


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Managing careers in disruption

Job dislocation is coming, and it’s going to be huge, driven by the rise of artificial intelligence. But instead of fearing change, delegates at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2017 heard, we should recognize the new opportunities it brings….

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Daring to Lead More Women to Have a Seat at the Table by Rosalind Hudnell, Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Affairs, Intel Corporation and President, Intel Foundation

Gender diversity programmes: Do they need a radical rethink?

Lenovo champions gender diversity at the 13th Women’s Forum Global Meeting by Catherine Ladousse, Executive Director of Communication EMEA at Lenovo and Co-fondatrice & Présidente du Cercle InterElles

Tapping into the next generation of talent

Visionary leaders consider the route to an inclusive future

Discovery zone

The Women’s Forum Global Meeting Discovery zone is a space curated with corporate and institutional partners, each demonstrating how they put their principles into practice. The themed Hubs, from Culture to Finance and the Future of Health, hosted breakout sessions, workshops and talks by notable speakers. Students from Sciences Po attended these sessions and share their thoughts and perspectives as young women about to embark in their professional careers.

Dispatches from the Discovery zone

Arts & culture

Governance & leadership


Social impact

Technology & innovation

Personal journals

Empowering women entrepreneurs to lead the way

Future of Health Hub: How can innovation support well-being and prevention?

Intercultural creation and dialogue through art, culture and architecture

It’s time to stop violence against women and girls!

How preparing for a board interview differs from a job interview

Reframing well-being as a key to resilience and change

Smart Cities: When technology enables progress