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DAY 1 – Gender Equality and Sustainability

10.00 – 10.10 AM CET:

Welcome Speech: 

Speaker: Ebere Akadiri – Founder, Rise and Lead | CEO of Ataro Foods

Replay coming soon

Opening Keynote Speech:

How gender equity fosters sustainability.

We are facing a global climate crisis and cannot put off finding solutions. Diversity in thought and in perspectives includes having women at the table to problem solve. The challenges are not few but the opportunity and the talent are there to help the EU, to help companies and to help communities make a positive impact on ESG.

Speaker: Dagmar Schumacher – Director, Brussels Office of UN Women

10:30 – 11:30 AM CET:

First Panel Discussion – CEO’s/Executive Leaders

Gender Equity, Innovation & Sustainability

How balanced leadership can help to drive solutions to the urgent issues the world is facing right now.


  • Dr. Audrey-Flore Ngomsik – CEO, Trianon Scientific Communication.
  • Hedwige Nuyens – CEO, International Banking Federation & Chair, EWoB (European Women on Boards).
  • Payal Dalal – Mastercard, Senior Vice President Social Impact, International Markets at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

Moderator: Rick Zednik – Board Member of Rise & Lead Women | Managing Director of Pangea Connections.

11:30 – 11:45 AM CET:

A message from Robert Biedroń, Member of the European Parliament | Chair, FEMM Committee


11:45 AM – 13.00 PM CET:

Networking Lunch


13.15 – 14.15 PM CET:

Executive Roundtable Discussion (by invitation Only & in person)

Role of Female Leaders to Drive Sustainability as a Strategic Priority

Hosted by:

  • Rhonda A. Ocha, Chair Executive Leadership Roundtable & Advisory Board Member, Rise & Lead.


Career Path

13.15 – 14.00 PM CET – Storytelling & Using Your Influence to Change the World

Effective public speaking/storytelling for leaders.

Speaker: Ronke Kokoruwe – Founder/CEO, iVerbalize

14.00 – 14.45 PM CET – How to Supercharge Your Career

Speaker: Sonal Bahl – Founder, Supercharge Yourself.

Entrepreneurship Track

13.15 – 14.00 PM CET – Accessing funds to launch & scale your business

Speaker: Yulia Stark – President, European Women’s Association | Senator WBAF.

14.00 – 14.45 PM CET – Using social media to promote your brand

Speaker: Angélique Binet – Social Media Strategist & Consultant, Social Media Love


Virtual Presentations

13.15 – 14.00 PM CET – Virtual Workshop: Getting Visible With Your Personal Brand

Speaker: Chantal Schinkels – Author | Speaker.

14.00 – 14.45 PM CET – Mentor Session: Q & A Advancing your career in a male-dominated industry


  • Jacqueline Browning – Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at American Tower Corporation.
  • Nicole M. Powers Jones – Director, HRPS at Citibank.
  • Virginia Coluricio – Senior Vice President, People & Culture Europe and Global Organisation/Talent strategy at Prologis.


  • Jade Scipioni – Senior Reporter.

14.45 – 15.15 PM CET:

Tea break


15.15 – 15.30 PM CET:

Rise & Lead Journey – 5 years in the making!
Speech: Ebere Akadiri – Founder, Rise and Lead | CEO of Ataro Foods

15.35 – 16.10 PM CET:

Second Panel Discussion

Leading Change From Where You Are: Young Leaders Making an Impact in workplaces and the marketplace 


  • Cathelijne Lania – Managing Director/Owner, A Beautiful Story.
  • Birgitt van Driel – Senior Manager Talent, Learning & Development, Kraft Heinz.
  • Roberta Avelino – Methods Engineer, Audi Brussels.


  • Adebola Kupoluyi – Head of Operational Services for Africa, American Tower Corporation

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Closing Panel:

Beyond Window Dressing: How to create successful gender equity initiatives that make a change & impact.


  • JoDawn Whitlock – Vice President, Capital, UPS Europe.
  • Seun Toye-Kayode – Vice President, Head of Launch With GS EMEA at Goldman Sachs, London.
  • Sarah Woodhouse – General Counsel Food & Refreshment, Unilever, Europe & SEAA.


  • Stefan Tonnon – Board member at Rise & Lead Women Inc.

16.55 – 17.00 PM CET:

Day 1 Round-up:

Mrs. Ebere Akadiri – Founder, Rise & Lead | CEO of Ataro Foods.

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