Daring to lead in a disrupted world
Engage for impact!

5-6 October 2017
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France

Meet just a few of our first speakers


The Global Meeting of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society will this year feature leadership voices and give a platform to new and established talent from around the world. They represent the best in innovative ideas and fresh thinking from a variety of backgrounds - from banking to fashion, from media to tech, from North America to Africa and beyond. Their perspectives will create a unique opportunity to engage for impact on the most pressing issues facing humanity and will encourage the conditions for real solutions.

For the first time, Paris is the venue for the Women's Forum Global Meeting, and we are thrilled by the possibilities. It's a city that reminds us of the struggles and glory of the past, as well as the promise of the future. Also, convening here will ensure a strong international character to our discussions.

This bold meeting in Paris comes at a critical time - a time that requires bold action. At our latest meeting in Rome we introduced our climate manifesto, calling on women leaders to affirm their commitment to the Paris Agreement. The momentum is growing, and part of our goal for the Women's Forum Global Meeting in Paris is to build on that momentum and transform commitment into action to make our planet a great place to live for all.

Below is just a sample of the talent and leadership that will engage on a raft of critical global challenges in Paris:

  • What will technology make possible for smart cities? Valérie Pécresse, president of the Regional Council of Île-de-France, will discuss how urban connectedness will change our economies and societies and just how much smarter cities might become. 

  • As protectionist barriers threaten to rise amid populist sentiment, the financial sector has not been immune. What does a de-globalised financial system mean for our economies?Andrea Orcel, president of UBS Investment Bank, will debate the future of financial integration.

  • Corporate life doesn't always have a human touch. CEO of M&G Investments Anne Richards will explain how cultures might change to make businesses more human even as they become more reliant on technology.

  • Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt, the first female CEO of Danish brand Georg Jensen, will explore the prospects and pitfalls of the human-machine relationship. What will be the impact of new technologies on employees and companies globally?

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and watch the tag #WFGM17 to hear the latest on our programme and learn how you can join the conversation. Our current programme is available here.

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