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.
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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