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Offer: 5th edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 15-17 October in Deauville, France


5th edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 15-17 October in Deauville

2009 Theme: « Think again, think ahead! »

The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society will hold its 5th annual meeting on October 15-17, 2009 in Deauville, France under the theme of “Think again, think ahead!”

1000 leaders will gather from over 80 countries, representing more than 500 organizations to debate and exchange innovative ideas.

The 2009 programme squarely addresses the challenges we must meet today. It features high-level personalities who, thanks to their new skills and new thinking will contribute to making our tomorrow.

The 2009 edition: Think again, think ahead!

“The ground has shifted beneath the feet of our business models and social and economic policies,” explains Founder and CEO Aude de Thuin. “The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society views moments of rupture like this as an opportunity to advance new ideas, technologies and even paradigms for society and the economy. With their male counterparts, women have a key role to play in the process of creating a more resilient future,” de Thuin adds.

Pragmatic in format and content, the 2009 Forum will immerse 1000 international participants in an interactive experience with doers, challengers, and young talents, including CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, thinkers, artists, politicians, and policymakers. Throughout the meeting the emphasis will be on diversity, trust and solidarity, traits which women exemplify.

Make way for the challengers

They are entrepreneurs, scientists, members of parliament …famous or not, the 2009 Forum speakers come to share their convictions, projects, and passion for the world. They embody commitment, change and hope.

Among them:

Janine Benyus, an American biologist and entrepreneur, convinced that technological innovation should draw inspiration from nature in order to develop innovative and eco-aware technological solutions. A pioneer in biomimicry, she offers a new way of developing future technologies.

Sháá Wasmund, part of the new generation of British entrepreneurs who combine the spirit of enterprise with the true desire to encourage and inspire others. After having spent time financing several promising start-ups, Sháá launched Smarta, a helping platform for small entrepreneurs.

Christine Loh, an international adviser from the G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue and President of the independent think tank on public politics, the Civic Exchange. This former business lawyer became in a few years a leading force for environmental activism in Hong Kong and Asia.

See the appendix for detailed profiles of these personalities.

The main themes of the programme

The environmental revolution

New business models

Governance and democracy

Diversity with « best practices »

Individual and social responsibility

Science and technological Innovation and its consequences for our societies

See the appendix for the complete programme and speakers confirmed as of 12 July

Multiple voices, rich exchanges

Participants will have the opportunity to speak out at the 2009 Forum through plenary exchanges featuring delegates setting out an issue or commitment they wish to bring to their counterparts.

They will also be able to:

Dialogue with the visionaries through interactive plenary sessions and roundtables

Share best practices: with peers on matters of diversity, sustainable development and governance

Discover new talents : special moments with young women who are developing remarkable careers and projects:

The Women’s Forum helps identify future leaders through the Rising Talents initiative,

Cartier and the Women’s Forum encourage women entrepreneurs through the Women’s Initiative, a programme to identify and support highly promising start-ups from every region of the world. Most of the 15 finalists will attend the Global Forum.

The Women for Education project launched by the Foundation ELLE and the Forum, in partnership with Renault, rewards an exemplary project fostering the education of girls and women in a development context.

Enhance the Forum’s global network: international delegations will attend the Forum from the Middle East, Asia and Turkey. The Forum is also encouraging the participation of women from emerging countries through special registration rates and the Global Meeting programming.

About the Women’s Forum

Founded in 2005 by Aude Zieseniss de Thuin, the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is an independent global Forum of « feminine inspiration », rated among the top five world forums and committed to building a more balanced world. The Forum is a place for debate, exchange, reflection and action giving women a voice on the all the major issues our societies face today.

In 2008, the Forum gathered 1200 participants of 90 countries. Attendees in the Forum’s first 4 years have included: Fadela Amara, Jean-Paul Bailly, Ingrid Betancourt, Cherie Blair, Ian Davis, Bernard Fornas, Carlos Ghosn, Barbara Hendricks, Anne Lauvergeon, Didier Lombard, Gérard Mestrallet, Deanna Oppenheimer, Sampat Pal, Ana Palacio, Laurence Parisot, Rania Al Abdullah Queen of Jordan, Margot Wallström, Melanne Verveer, Zhang Xin, Rama Yade, Muhammad Yunus.

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For more information:

Aurélie Launay, tel +33 (0) 1 43 12 56 32,


Themes like New Business Models, Governance and Democracy, Individual and Social Resposibility, and The Environmental Resolution are of interest to me, as such i will want to participate in this Forum from Cameroon and make my own contributions to the development of young Women.


It Is

I'm glad you find the Forum important, indeed it is. I have been invited each year but have not been able to attend, even to some of the other side forums they organise out of France. The reason why i decided to share, now that i have a forum that can enable me exchange info. The link is there so you can go ahead and apply, it will be nice to have someone from Cameroon attending for i don't think they have been.
I will appreciate if you will update about your progress in attending the forum.
Take Care and stay Blessed

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WOMEN FORUM Participation

Hi Enie,
Glad to learn of the women forum in in France. As CEO of NDOPCRAFT a fair trade organisation based in Cameroon , it will be a great opportunity to participate in the forum to exhibite our fair trade products fdrom women groups as well as contact fair trade buyers to enable rural women economically independent.

Together lets empower the rural woman through fair trade and advocacy.

Best regards

I look forward to meeting you.



I guess it would...

Hi Erica,
I guess it would be a great opportunity to participate. My hands are kind of tied up at the moment, so i will not be attending. I just hope and pray i will be able to attend any in the near future.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours.


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Hi Enie,
Accept greetings from Cameroon.How are you doing?Hope cool.Thanks for the information and i hope to attend the conference from Cameroon.I wish to inquire from you if you know of organisations that can assist me financially to participate and represent our fair trade products from our women org.

I look forward to your support.



Hi Erica,

I'm doing great, to God be the Glory, thanks.
Actually, i really can't tell for i do not know any, but what you can do is go online to google and search for organisations that can sponsor, or you could write to the organisers, tell them what you do and ask them if they can link you or suggest organisations that can provide you sponsorship.
Hope this helps and i wish you all the best and luck.
Let me know about your progress.

Kind regards

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