CEO Champions workshop // Daring to imagine the inclusive organization of the future




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CEO Champions workshop

Daring to imagine the inclusive organization of the future



PARIS, France, 6th October 2017 - Recognising an extraordinary opportunity, the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society convened 50 CEOs to discuss how they could advance women’s leadership in business, the economy and society. Together, they shared concrete ideas on how companies can transform themselves into the diverse and inclusive organisation of the future by focusing on a handful of key attributes.


“Companies and entire economies have a lot to gain from enabling skilled, creative and ambitious women to succeed,” said Clara Gaymard, Executive President of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. “Chief executives are in a position to create the conditions for those women to thrive and accelerate women’s advancement in the private and public sectors.”


McKinsey & Company, knowledge partner this year, who celebrates ten years of research on gender diversity and launches a new “Women Matter” report at the Forum, presented key insights at CEO Champions workshop, including that women are still under-represented in decision-making, making up just 12% of executive committee members across G20 countries. Closing this deficit is a significant opportunity that corporate leaders are keen to take advantage of: McKinsey research showed that companies with highest female representation in their executive committees had a 47% higher return on equity from 2007 to 2009. The new “Women Matter” report invites leaders and thinkers from business, government, academic and social realms to share their perspectives on the gender diversity issues, and to dare to imagine what a truly inclusive company would look like in the future. These perspectives were synthesized in 10 key attributes that shaped the CEO workshop discussions.


“These attributes represent the kind of organisation that every company strives to embody. It’s in our own best interest, as well as those of society,” said Maurice Lévy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Publicis Groupe. “With these concrete action items, leaders of all organisations can work towards becoming more diverse and inclusive.”


The CEOs at the workshop drew on the McKinsey research to identify five critical next steps for building inclusive organisations:


     1. Articulate a clear purpose for your company. Understanding ‘why’ employees come to work in the morning will help drive change in your business toward greater inclusiveness.

     2. Change what we value in performance reviews: choose KPIs that measure your purpose, not just your profits.

     3. Publish reports on how companies rank on gender diversity figures, as we do with financial performance or environmental impact. Even if the result is imperfect at first, they will get better and better.

     4. Build and communicate your company’s business case for gender equality from senior leadership to middle management and all levels, and ensure that you take a holistic approach to implementing gender equality across the entirety of your business.

      5. Challenge investors, purchasers, consumers and companies in your supply chain to make decisions based on their commitment to gender diversity.


Held in partnership with McKinsey & company, knowledge partner, and with the support of the 30% Club and the OECD, the Women’s Forum’s CEO Champions Initiative workshop included the CEOs and leaders of organisations across many sectors of the economy.  


The CEO Champions initiative was launched in 2010 by EY and the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society to drive progress and accountability for women’s advancement in the private and public sectors. This peer-to-peer network presents an opportunity for CEOs to underscore their organisations’ commitments to women’s advancement as well as to taking a strong leadership role in the global economy and society. CEO Champions members are active, highly committed participants who track and drive measurable progress for women’s advancement through mutual commitments and accountability.


The workshop was held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris, France, during the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society’s annual Global Meeting.



In partnership with: Mc Kinsey & Company


With the support of: OECD and 30% Club


CEO Champions List : 


Lucia Baldino
Managing Director, Representative Office Europe
Desjardins Group

Marguerite Bérard-Andrieu
CEO-Group Finance, Strategy, Legal Affairs, Group Company Secretary, Member of the Management Board, Member of the Executive Management Committee, Groupe BPCE

Lourdes Berho
President and Chief Catalyst

Corinne de Bilbao
President and CEO
GE France

Laurent Blanchard
EVP, Global Field Operations (EMEAR), Worldwide Alliances and Services
Dassault Systèmes

Gonzague de Blignières

François Bornibus
President EMEA

Olivier Brandicourt

Beth Brooke-Marciniak
Global Vice Chair, Public Policy

Tim Brown

Méka Brunel

Alejandro Cardoso
President and CEO Publicis Communications Mexico
Publicis Mexico

Chiara Corazza
Managing Director
Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society

Carlo d’Asaro Biondo
President, EMEA Partnership

Georges Desvaux
Senior Partner and Managing Partner, Africa
McKinsey & Company

Claire Dorland Clauzel
Executive Vice-President Brands Sustainability and External Relations, and Michelin Guide, Member of the Group Executive Committee

Denis Duverne
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jean-Pierre Farandou

Olivier Fleurot
Senior Vice President
Publicis Groupe

Clara Gaymard
Executive President
Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society

Anthony Gooch
Director of Public Affairs and Communications

Baroness Mary Goudie
Member of the UK House of Lords and Founding Member, the 30 Percent Club

Gloria Guevara Manzo
President & CEO
World Travel & Tourism Council

Catherine Guillouard
President & CEO

Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner
Member of the Directoire
Publicis Groupe

Rik Kirkland
Partner, Global Publishing
McKinsey & Company

Isabelle Kocher

Caroline de La Marnierre
Founder and President of CAPITALCOM,
Founder and CEO of Institut du Capitalisme Responsible

Eric Labaye
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Maurice Lévy
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Publicis Groupe

Sharon Lewis
Partner – Finance Practice Group Leader
Hogan Lovells

Denis Machuel
Deputy CEO and Group Chief Digital Officer

Arielle Malard de Rothschild
Managing Director
Rothschild & Co

Claire Martin
Managing Director - VP
Renault-Nissan Consulting

Andrea Menezes
Standard Bank Brazil

Jean-Christophe Mieszala
Senior Partner and Managing Director, France
McKinsey & Company

Pierre Nanterme
Chairman and CEO

Jay Nirsimloo
Chairman & CEO of KPMG France, member of KPMG Global Board

Andrea Orcel
President, CEO of UBS Limited
UBS Investment Bank

Alain Papiasse
Deputy COO and Group General Management representative for North America, Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking
BNP Paribas

Gabriela Ramos
Chief of Staff, G20 Sherpa

Patrick Ropert
CEO Gares & Connexions

Sandra Sancier-Sultan
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Isabelle Simon
Group Secretary & General Counsel

Eva-Lotta Sjostedt
Georg Jensen

William B. Thomas
Global Chairman
KPMG International

Laurent Troger
Bombardier Transportation

Karien van Gennip
ING France

Loic Vivier
Vice President Wholesale & Specialties
ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants

Ann Walker Marchant
The Walker Marchant Group

Michael Woods
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Rothschild New York