Be inspired by our curated content network with like-minded female entrepreneurs, connect with industry executives and be challenged to improve your leadership skills. Rise and Lead Women has put together an exciting agenda with over 20 keynotes, panel and workshops.

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Time DAY 1: SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
8:00 am Welcome Coffee and Registration
9:00 am Opening Speech and Welcome: Accelerating Change Towards A More Inclusive & Sustainable Future

Ebere Akadiri (CEO of Ataro Foods, Rise and Lead Women and Rise and Lead Summit) and Emmy McCarthy (Founder, Amsterdam Mamas)

9:30 am Keynote 1:  Women. Business. Sustainability

Poonam Barua (CEO, WILL Forum India, Founder Chairman Forum for Women in Leadership & Co-founder Rise and Lead Women)

10:00 am Panel Session 1: How Closing the Gender Leadership Gap Can Lead to Building a Sustainable Business: Addressing The Leaking Corporate Pipeline

Organisations are encountering financial losses due to high turnover, and high costs of recruitment as women drop off the corporate ladder. How can women navigate the corporate dynamics? To drive long-term, sustainable economic performance, organisations must invest in women by providing the right support women need to thrive.

What can corporations do to stop the leaking pipeline? 

Panelists:

  • Marguerite Soeteman – Reijnen (Chairman of the Executive Board, Aon)
  • Fleur van Bruggen (Communications Director, Unilever)
  • Sheila Gemin (Client Executive @Atos, Co-President PWN Global)

     

Chair:

Mary Jane Roy (Adviser, Facilitator, Presenter, Coach, Podcast Host, & Writer for Thriving People & (Work)Spaces)

11:00 am Interactive Panel With Leaders

Panelists:

  • Marguerite Soeteman – Reijnen, (Chairman of the Executive Board, Aon)
  • Fleur van Bruggen (Communications Director, Unilever) 
  • Ebere Akadiri (CEO of Ataro Foods, Rise and Lead Women and Rise and Lead Summit)

Chair: Poonam Barua (CEO, WILL Forum India, Founder Chairman Forum for Women in Leadership & Co-founder Rise and Lead Women)

11:30 am Networking Lunch
1:00 pm Keynote 2: Achieving Financial Wellbeing for ALL

Marguerite Soeteman – Reijnen (Chairman of the Executive Board, Aon)

1:30 pm Panel Session 2: 

Building An Inclusive Culture: Addressing Gender Bias in Companies and Society

Panelists:

  • Rick Zedník (Managing Director at Women Political Leaders)
  • Jeff Turner (VP Sustainability, Royal DSM)
  • Bengisu Çorakçı-Donato (Product Engineer at DSM Dyneema)
  • Paolo Bernasconi (Head of HR, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) 

Chair: Sheila Gemin (Client Executive @Atos, Co-President PWN Global)

2:50 pm Networking coffee break
3:20 pm Workshop Series 1: Corporate Leadership Stream

  • Build Your Confidence and Step into Your Power – Lisa Dempsey (Leadership Coach and People Strategist)
  • Overcoming Bias at The Workplace and Starting Courageous Conversations at The Table – Unzela Haider (Workplace Consultant – Organisational Psychologist,  Thrive Qube)
Workshop Series 1: Career Advancement and Personal Leadership Stream

  • Finding Clarity and Maintaining Balance – Lara Manqui (Owner at Flourish Empowerment Coaching & Consulting)
  • Discover Your “Genius Zone”. What Are Your Talents? – Dorota Klop-Sowinska (Owner / International Career Coach, DoSo! Coaching)
Workshop Series 1: Entrepreneurial Leadership Stream

  • Brand & Marketing Strategy for Business Scale-Up – Gina Dunn (CEO / Founder iGina Marketing)
  • How to Get All of the Referrals You Want. Learn Who to Ask, How to Ask, and When to Ask in a Natural, Stress-free Way. – Stephanie Ward (Business & Marketing Mentor, Firefly Coaching)
Workshop Series 1: Women Network Forum (panel format with Q&A)

Panelists:

  • Kathy Borys Siddiqui (Owner of Active Action)
  • Marloes de Ruiter (Founder of Zoetermeerse Zakenvrouwen)
  • Vanessa Limon (Business Consultant and President of Zami Women’s Network)
  • Nazlina Quadir (Co-organiser Women Techmakers Netherlands)
  • Charlene Lambert (Adjunct Professor in International Business and Marketing at Webster University)

Chair: Olga Fedorova (Knowledge Representation Specialist, Elsevier Women’s Network)

3:20 pm C-Level Roundtable Conversation (by invitation only) chaired by Poonam Barua (CEO, WILL Forum India, Founder Chairman Forum for Women in Leadership & Co-founder Rise and Lead Women)

a) “It’s not about D&I – its about DNA “

We don’t need to focus on Diversity and Inclusion – but on changing our “hearts, minds and spirit”

b) ”Who will mentor the men in the workplace?”

Building a Gender – Sensitive leadership of male managers who understand “sustainable business”

Panelists:

  • Marguerite Soeteman – Reijnen (Chairman of the Executive Board, Aon)
  • Jeff Turner (VP Sustainability, Royal DSM)
  • Rick Zednik (Managing Director, Women’s Political Leaders)
  • Paolo Bernasconi (Head of HR, OPCW)
  • Rhonda Ocha (Vice President, Market Delivery Europe Mastercard)  
  • Brigette Hyacinth (Founder, MBA Caribbean Organisation)
  • Martha Mghendi-Fisher (Founder of European Women Payments Network)
  • Ebere Akadiri (CEO/Founder of Ataro Foods, Rise and Lead Women & Rise and Lead Summit)
4:40 pm Closing Panel with Audience Participation

Panelists:

  • Jeff Turner (VP Sustainability, Royal DSM)
  • Paolo Bernasconi (Head of HR, OPCW)
  • Ebere Akadiri (CEO of Ataro Foods, Rise and Lead Women and Rise and Lead Summit)
  • Rick Zednik (Managing Director at Women Political Leaders)
  • Marguerite Soeteman – Reijnen (Chairman of the Executive Board, Aon)

Chair: Poonam Barua (CEO, WILL Forum India, Founder Chairman Forum for Women in Leadership & Co-founder Rise and Lead Women)

5:20 pm Day One Closing Announcements

Emmy McCarthy (Founder, Amsterdam Mamas)

6:30 pm VIP Dinner with Speakers and Corporate Partners

 

Time DAY 2: SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
8:00 am Welcome Coffee and Registration
9:00 am Opening Address

Poonam Barua (CEO, WILL Forum India, Founder Chairman Forum for Women in Leadership & Co-founder Rise and Lead Women)

9:10 am Keynote 1:  Progress of SDG goals

Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu (Regional Adviser on Gender & Women’s Rights, United Nations Human Rights)

9:30 am Keynote 2: Women. Money & Inclusion

Rhonda Ocha (Director, Market Delivery Europe Mastercard)  

9:50 am Panel Discussion 1: Financial Inclusion & Business Sustainability

Panelists:

  • Therese Noorlander (Sustainability Director Europe, Coca-Cola)
  • Chantal Korteweg (Manager Strategy, FMO)  
  • Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu (Regional Adviser on Gender and Women’s Rights, United Nations Human Rights)

Chair: Ana Monforte (Founder of Grapekeeper)

10:40 am Panel Discussion 2: The Future of Leadership is Human: How to Lead with Soul and Purpose.

Leading with purpose and soul: Developing a mind-body-spirit consciousness. Connecting your work to your values. Managing all that is important while contributing to an equitable world.

Mindfulness at Work, Mental Health: Getting Rid of the Mask

Panelists:

  • Emily Hodge (Gentle and Successful Leadership Coach, Coaching Emily)
  • Jennifer Eversen (Senior Director Strategic Services Benelux – Salesforce)
  • Brigette Hyacinth (Founder, MBA Caribbean Organisation)

Chair: Mary Jane Roy (Adviser, Facilitator, Presenter, Coach, Podcast Host, & Writer for Thriving People & (Work)Spaces)

11:40 pm Inclusive Networking

Aditya Putta (Civic Hacker and Startup Matchmaker)

12:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:10 pm Keynote 3: Embracing Digital Transformation and Change: Leading in The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

Brigette Hyacinth (Founder, MBA Caribbean Organisation)

1:40 pm Workshop 2: Financial Inclusion Stream

  • Closing the Workplace Pay Gap through Win-Win Negotiations by Martha Mghendi-Fisher (Founder of European Women Payments Network (EWPN))
  • Women and Money: Changing Mindsets and Embracing Success by Jennifer van Dijk (Certified Management Accountant)
Workshop 2: Entrepreneurial Leadership Stream

  • Marketing Strategy by Veronica Guguian (CEO & Founder, SPIN Ideas & BASE)
  • Sources of Funding for Your Business by Somaye Dehban (Strategic Connector, Your Funding Network)
Workshop 2: Communications / Social Impact Stream

  • Improving Your (Virtual) Communications: Create Your Personal Communication Profile by Renée Veldman-Tentori (Social Media Strategist)
  • Lead The Change and Grow Your Impact and Influence by Joining A Board in Your Branch by Erica van Engel (Founder, Belief in Business)
Workshop 2: Career Advancement and Personal Leadership Stream

  • Developing A Change Mindset by Anna Koj (Managing Partner, Akronos Consulting)
  • Dealing with Inappropriate Behaviour in the Workplace by Olga Fedorova (Knowledge Representation Specialist, Elsevier Women’s Network)
1:40 pm Mentoring Circles

  • Table 1 – “Know why to rise and lead” – Dagmar Hopf (Transition Catalyst)
  • Table 2 – ”Self-Compassion as a tool Rise and Lead – When your cup is full, you will have more space and your leadership will be(come) truly other-focused”. – Barbara Piper (International MentorCoach and Compassion Entrepreneur)
  • Table 3 –  “Money Mindset: Change Your Brain, Change Your Income” – Blanca Vergara (Clarity Mentor)
  • Table 4 – “The Women’s Sanctuary Circle Game: this game connects you with other women to celebrate your authentic self and the magic of sisterhood!” – Daria Nashat (Founder of Nashat Consulting) and Annemarie Sweeris (Trainer/Facilitator)
C-Level Roundtable Conversation (by invite only) chaired by Poonam Barua (CEO, WILL Forum India, Founder Chairman Forum for Women in Leadership & Co-founder Rise and Lead Women)

Building a robust pipeline for advancing women in the workplace

What women need to know about getting on corporate board

  • Chantal Kortweg (Manager Strategy, FMO)
  • Rhonda Ocha (Vice President, Market Delivery Europe Mastercard)
  • Charles O’Tudor (Brand Strategist, Engagement Consultant)
  • Jennifer Eversen (Senior Director Strategic Services Benelux – Salesforce)
  • Sheila Gemin (Client Executive @Atos, Co-President PWN Global)
  • Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu (Regional Adviser on Gender & Women’s Rights, United Nations Human Rights)
  • Therese Noorlander (Sustainability Director Europe, Coca-Cola)
3:10 am Networking Coffee Break
3:40 pm Panel Discussion 3: Becoming The Leader that Inspires Other Women to Rise Up

How can female leaders become successful role models for other women to emulate? How are women leaders helping other women to succeed? Women leaders share their challenges, successes and lessons learned. We focus on best practices and the outcomes from women empowerment initiatives.

Panelists:

  • Sheila Gemin (Client Executive @Atos, Co-President PWN Global)
  • Stephanie Ward (Firefly Coaching)
  • Aylin Bumin (West Europe District Marketing Manager, UPS)

Chair: Martha Mghendi-Fisher (Founder of European Women Payments Network (EWPN))

4:40 pm Panel Discussion 4: Women on Boards for Good Governance

  • Why women on corporate boards are important
  • The link between diverse boards and board effectiveness
  • How to get certified and nominated for board positions

Panelists:

  • Adebola Kupoluyi (Senior Manager Finance Operations – ATC Nigeria Wireless Infrastructure)
  • Rhonda A. Ocha (Director, Market Delivery Europe Mastercard)

Chair:

  • Poonam Barua (CEO, WILL Forum India, Founder Chairman Forum for Women in Leadership & Co-founder Rise and Lead Women)
5:20 pm Closing Panel: Advancing Women in Leadership, Business Success and Sustainability

Panelists

  • Ebere Akadiri (CEO of Ataro Foods, Rise and Lead Women and Rise and Lead Summit)
  • Sheila Gemin (Client Executive @Atos, Co-President PWN Global)
  • Rhonda Ocha (Director, Market Delivery Europe Mastercard)
  • Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu (Regional Adviser on Gender and Women’s Rights, UN)

Chair: Poonam Barua (CEO, WILL Forum India, Founder Chairman Forum for Women in Leadership & Co-founder Rise and Lead Women)

5:50 pm Closing Address

Ebere Akadiri (CEO of Ataro Foods, Rise and Lead Women and Rise and Lead Summit)

6:00 pm Networking Borrel and closing