Sunday, December 16, 2018

5th Global Women’s Leadership Summit, Thryv Hotel and Conference Center, Dallas, Texas – 8th – 9th of November, 2018

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On behalf of Evnoia Group, we want to say a big thank you for attending our 5th Women’s Leadership Summit.

We hope that you found the summit informative and worthwhile. Our primary goal was to increase your understanding and the role of women in leadership and to introduce and provide resources that will support you in actualising your dreams.

There were many topics covered during the case studies and the presenters and speakers did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise with you.

You were a great group and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. Thank you for your comments and suggestions on the evaluations and I assure you that each will be given consideration so that future workshops will be even more of a success.

We wish you the best in your endeavours and careers. Again, thank you for being part of our 5th Women’s Leadership Summit and please recommend this summit to others in the future.

TESTIMONIALS

Very satisfied – All the speakers were great and all the topics covered were valuable. First American Payment Solution, VP

Very satisfied – The openness of all the speakers and the feeling of commitment to empowerment SAP,  Director

satisfied – meeting Successful women and hearing their stories and sharing experiences was awesome. The group and topics discussed were very helpful – Microsoft, Manager

5th Global Women’s Leadership Summit, Thryv Hotel and Conference Center, Dallas, Texas – 8th – 9th of November, 2018

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On behalf of Evnoia Group, we want to say a big thank you for attending our 5th Women’s Leadership Summit.

We hope that you found the summit informative and worthwhile. Our primary goal was to increase your understanding and the role of women in leadership and to introduce and provide resources that will support you in actualising your dreams.

There were many topics covered during the case studies and the presenters and speakers did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise with you.

You were a great group and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. Thank you for your comments and suggestions on the evaluations and I assure you that each will be given consideration so that future workshops will be even more of a success.

We wish you the best in your endeavours and careers. Again, thank you for being part of our 5th Women’s Leadership Summit and please recommend this summit to others in the future.

TESTIMONIALS

Very satisfied – All the speakers were great and all the topics covered were valuable. First American Payment Solution, VP

Very satisfied – The openness of all the speakers and the feeling of commitment to empowerment SAP,  Director

satisfied – meeting Successful women and hearing their stories and sharing experiences was awesome. The group and topics discussed were very helpful – Microsoft, Manager

Speakers’ Presentations for the women leadership summit

4th Digital Transformation and Technology Excellence Summit, 16th – 17th May 2019, Mercure Wien Westbahnhof, Vienna, Austria

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Evnoia group is pleased to invite you to our 4th Digital Transformation and Technology Excellence Summit scheduled to take place on the 16th and 17th May 2019 in Mercure Wien Westbahnhof, Vienna, Austria.

In the twenty-first century, Digital Transformation has experienced a resurgence following concurrent advances in computer power, large amounts of data, and theoretical understanding; and AI techniques have become an essential part of the technology industry, helping to solve many challenging problems in computer science.

This premier B2B event will bring together experts from all levels of the value chain to ensure maximum knowledge transfer and professional exchange, to elaborate on the best practices to discuss Digital Transformation, new technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and a host of others.

This is a must attend event for business and government leaders who want to understand the rapidly changing digital transformation landscape and walk away with a clear plan of action.

Key Practical Learning Points of the Summit:

  • How are AI & ML accelerating digital transformation?
  • What is digital transformation doing for business today and what will it deliver in the future?
  • How do you build the right data team to power your business with AI?
  • Connect Technology & Humans, what partnership mean?
  • A roadmap for the future of digital transformation
  • Changes and disruptions perspective: how new innovations & technologies are/have changed the business dynamics and environment including e.g. cloud with AI/ML, Blockchain, IoT, 5G
  • Latest technologies and application of digital transformation
  • An overview of industry attitudes toward and adoption of loT
  • Rethinking product development in the age of digital transformation?

Why you should attend:

  • Culture & change management programs: the fundamentals in achieving digital transformation excellence program.
  • Creating smart digital eco-system for your Digital Transformation journey Leadership in a Digital Era with a digital strategy to unleash the potential of your staff.
  • Digital technologies and business models that are radically changing competitive dynamics across industries Technology in supporting the decision.
  • Can I trust Artificial Intelligence and Computer Algorithms for my business decisions? Harnessing prescriptive analytics for effective planning of end-to-end value chain processes.
  • Keeping customers happy in a digitally demanding world How can we find a good balance and co-operation between humans and machines?
  • Diversifying your business model with design thinking Cyber Security, Cloud Computing and Protecting your data assets
  • Creating an award-winning behavioural program and sustainable culture in driving Digital Business Transformation Creating an Agile organization in a disruptive environment

Who Should Attend: CEOs, Directors, SVP, VPs, Directors, Heads & Managers Including:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Portfolio Management
  • Open Innovation
  • Data Management
  • Operational Excellence
  • Digital Transformation
  • Process Excellence
  • Business Excellence
  • Business Process Management
  • Strategy
  • Business Unit
  • Business Transformation
  • Lean
  • Innovation Management
  • Senior Director Corporate Technologies
  • Department Head
  • Digital business leaders
  • Digital Capability Managers
  • Digital Platform Managers
  • Directors of Growth, Innovation and Capability
  • Heads of Customer Experience
  • Agile development
  • AI, automation and robotics
  • Data analytics and management
  • Business Unit Managers
  • Heads of Organizational Design
  • Digital and mobile commerce / Marketing
  • Heads of Strategy and Performance
  • Heads of Talent and Culture
  • DevOps
  • App development and design
  • Customer experience and engagement

From Industries Including:

  • Consumer Electronics
  • Sensors
  • IT
  • Chemical
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Biomedical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Defence
  • Oil & Gas

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The Problem Lack of Women In Leadership Positions Creates By The Fertile Chick

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Portrait of smiling business women standing together

“You have to see it to be it” isn’t just a catchy slogan for empowerment campaigns and girl power T-shirts.

When it comes to encouraging women in STEM fields, research shows that female mentors are key influences on women’s success.

In a recent study from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a whopping 100% of female engineering students paired with female mentors stayed in their major for a sophomore year.

Nilanjana Dasgupta, the professor piloting the mentorship program at Amherst, says the results from the study prove that identifying with and feeling connected to a female mentor can in turn influence women’s success in the field.

According to the research, mentors are especially important during periods of transition for mentees: during freshman year of college, graduation or even in their first jobs.

“In those transitions, if you’re vastly outnumbered or you belong to some underrepresented group, those are the times when you feel out of place,” she says. “And that is when [having]someone like you makes you feel in place.”

Michelle Skoor directs programming for Lesbians Who Tech, an organization for queer women in the tech industry.

She says a female mentor played a key role in her own career transition when she moved from administration in higher education to product management at a tech company. She got coffee with a mentor, who critiqued her résumé and introduced her to her own network of women in the industry — and then three weeks later, she offered Skoor a job.

“It’s not only about growing the pipeline — then you add on the component of being a queer woman and where do you see yourself at the CEO and COO level — it’s ‘how do you get connected to those people?’” Skoor says.

Lucille Sui is a junior at Columbia University, studying computer science. She knows what it’s like to be the only woman in a male-dominated space. She became president of the math club, but she was also the only girl. She enrolled in computer science courses in high school, but again, she was the only girl in the class.

She found herself craving a female mentor to “show her the ropes.”

“As amazing as a male mentor can be, it’s never the same thing because they can empathize but they can never be truly ‘in the know’ of how it feels to feel you’re being discriminated against,” she says. “The big thing about having a female mentor is that someone can understand you and can get you. It’s very encouraging for someone who doesn’t know how to start a career in tech.”

Through her internships and classes, Sui has been connected to several female mentors, all of whom she says inspired her purely by their ability to relate to her experience as a woman in the male-dominated industry.

“A lot of my bosses have all been women working in tech and that’s been very helpful in terms of gaining self-confidence,” she says.

For Skoor, Sui and the mentees in Dasgupta’s study, the example of a successful woman in their field motivated them to reach for more in their own career goals.

“It’s kind of like running a marathon,” Skoor says. “If you’re running it by yourself for all those miles and you don’t see anyone — compared to running with thousands of people, it makes getting to the finish line easier.”

7th Global Women’s Leadership Summit – Europe, 23rd – 24th May, 2019, Mercure Wien Westbahnhof, Vienna, Austria

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Evnoia group is pleased to invite you to our 7th Global Women’s Leadership Summit – Europe Edition scheduled to take place on the23rd – 24th May 2019Mercure Wien Westbahnhof, Vienna, Austria.

The Summit provides a unique space for leaders to develop and refine leadership competencies through engaging inspirational speakers, self-discovery and skill-building group discussions and action planning. This is a unique opportunity for all individuals in Leadership to come together to learn, grow and explore. This diverse community of leaders affords each participant the opportunity to build relationships. network and identify areas of collaboration to positively impact the world.

The summit brings together CEOs, SVPs, VPs, Directors, Heads of Departments, Managers, and aspiring Leaders to share ideas and their personal stories of leadership struggles and accomplishments. You will hear practical advice on how to overcome challenges to progress and ways in which you can drive your career growth. It will also inspire you to seek your highest level of personal and professional development. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Summit in Vienna, Austria.

Key Practical Learning Points:

  • Work/life balance and stress management-How to maintain good work-life balance
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
  • Principles of Success Not Taught in School – How to succeed as a woman in this generation.
  • Turn your Lemons into Lemonade- how to Succeed in the 21st Century.
  • Warrior women: Quiet the voice of your inner critic and leverage your strengths.
  • Strategies to Not Only Survive but Succeed as a Working Mom.
  • Building Your Value: How to lead and impact others without joining the bandwagon.
  • Finding your Next /Switching your Career – How strategic action moves you forward.
  • Learn new ideas and approaches that you can implement in your organization to help inspire others.

Event Registration:

6th Global Women’s Leadership Summit, 3rd – 4th April 2019, Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre, Toronto, Canada

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Evnoia group is pleased to invite you to our 6th Global Women’s Leadership Summit scheduled to take place on the 3rd – 4th April 2019, Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre, Toronto, Canada.

The Summit provides a unique space for leaders to develop and refine leadership competencies through engaging inspirational speakers, self-discovery and skill-building group discussions and action planning. This is a unique opportunity for all individuals in Leadership to come together to learn, grow and explore. This diverse community of leaders affords each participant the opportunity to build relationships. network and identify areas of collaboration to positively impact the world.

The summit brings together CEOs, SVPs, VPs, Directors, Heads of Departments, Managers, and aspiring Leaders to share ideas and their personal stories of leadership struggles and accomplishments. You will hear practical advice on how to overcome challenges to progress and ways in which you can drive your career growth. It will also inspire you to seek your highest level of personal and professional development. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Summit in Toronto, Canada

Key Practical Learning Points:

  • Work/life balance and stress management-How to maintain good work-life balance
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
  • Principles of Success Not Taught in School – How to succeed as a woman in this generation.
  • Turn your Lemons into Lemonade- how to Succeed in the 21st Century.
  • Warrior women: Quiet the voice of your inner critic and leverage your strengths.
  • Strategies to Not Only Survive but Succeed as a Working Mom.
  • Building Your Value: How to lead and impact others without joining the bandwagon.
  • Finding your Next /Switching your Career – How strategic action moves you forward.
  • Learn new ideas and approaches that you can implement in your organization to help inspire others.

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2nd Global Operational Excellence Summit, Mecure Wein Hotel, Vienna-Austria, 19th – 20th of March 2019.

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Evnoia Group is pleased to invite you to the “2nd Global Operational Excellence Summit” scheduled for 19th – 20th March 2019 in Mecure Wein Hotel, Vienna, Austria.

In this summit, you will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about the latest developments, solutions & expertise in Operational Excellence. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to have direct discussions with industry experts on the latest trending issues. This interactive summit helps you to build strong relationships, maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Therefore, it is an honour and privilege to invite you to participate in this summit. We look forward to welcoming you to the “2nd Global Operational Excellence Summit” in Vienna upcoming March!

Speakers:

Theo Quick, Vice President, Atos
Steven Walton, Executive Director, EY
Francois Kulik, Chief Operation Officer, SAP
Nicolas Bry, Chief Innovation Officer, COO, Orange
Panos Plegas, Vice President, Operations, Volvo Group
Jacques Bacry, Vice-President Group Leader, Capgemini
Erik Vermeulen, Head of Governance – Vice President, Philips
Nematollah Bidokhti, Chief Resiliency Architect, Huawei Technology
Metin Begecarslan, Group VP Quality and Operational Excellence, ABB  and host others

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4th Women in Leadership Summit | June 7th – 8th, 2018 | Crown Plaza Schiphol, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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On behalf of Evnoia Group, we want to say a big thank you for attending our 4th Women’s Leadership Summit.

We hope that you found the summit informative and worthwhile. Our primary goal was to increase your understanding and the role of women in leadership and to introduce and provide resources that will support you in actualising your dreams.

There were many topics covered during the case studies and the presenters and speakers did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise with you.

You were a great group and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. Thank you for your comments and suggestions on the evaluations and I assure you that each will be given consideration so that future workshops will be even more of a success.

We wish you the best in your endeavours and careers. Again, thank you for being part of our 4th Women’s Leadership Summit and please recommend this summit to others in the future.

TESTIMONIALS

Very satisfied – Some presentations were exceptional and very engaging. It was also very good to have the opportunity to network with other attendees that are actively working supporting gender parity and inclusion Experian, VP

Very satisfied – Overall, the conference was a great experience. The open forum was excellent, providing a time to really hear what others are facing on a day to day basisOn Semiconductor,  Director

Very satisfied – Successful women sharing experiences and making us feel that we are not alone in what we are experiencing in our career – CitiBank, VP

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Speakers’ Presentations for the women leadership summit

3rd Digital Transformation and Operational Excellence Summit | May 24th – 25th, 2018 |Crown Plaza Schiphol, Netherlands

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On behalf of Evnoia Group, we want to say a big thank you for attending our 3rd Digital Transformation and Operational Excellence Summit | May 24th – 25th, 2018 |Crown Plaza Schiphol, Netherlands.

We hope that you found the summit informative and worthwhile. Our primary goal was to discuss actionable and practical tools of engagement models, ensure maximum knowledge transfer and professional exchange, to elaborate on the best practices to discuss Digital Transformation, new technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning and to introduce and provide resources that will support you in actualising your dreams.

There were many topics covered during the case studies and the presenters and speakers did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise with you.

You were a great group and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. Thank you for your comments and suggestions on the evaluations and I assure you that each will be given consideration so that future workshops will be even more of a success.

We wish you the best in your endeavours and careers. Again, thank you for being part of 3rd Digital Transformation and Operational Excellence Summit | May 24th – 25th, 2018 |Crown Plaza Schiphol, Netherlands and please recommend this summit to others in the future.

Partner:

Evnoia Group

TESTIMONIALS

Very satisfied. The conference is very well run and it allows attendees to gain valuable content in a friendly stress-free environment, informal and open discussion. Top notch speakers  – Toyota, Operational Excellence Manager

Excellent conference. Great insight blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. Experts from various backgrounds and industries.  – SAP, Vice President, Digital transformation

Very satisfied. Great and highly equipped speakers and delegates, awesome networking opportunities, I love the style of the summit – UCB,  Digital Transformation Director

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Presentation of Speakers for Digital Transformation Summit.

4 Leadership Lessons From Margaret Thatcher

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What can we learn from Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’?

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher

The English poet John Lydgate once wrote, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

If there are any certainties of leadership, it is that you will always have your critics – regardless of your intentions. The challenge is to carry on regardless and do your best, for the benefit of your supporters and detractors alike.

London

If ever there was a leader who divided opinion squarely down the middle, it was Britain’s first female and longest-serving post-war Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013).

Thatcher’s political career was defined by her ruthless decisiveness, a commitment to free markets and small government, and a strong belief in individual choice and personal responsibility. Her political rise followed the big government and collectivist society that helped Britain through the perils of the Second World War.

Historically, by the 1960s, Britain was in decline thanks to an ailing economy brought about by industrial conflict. The country was in need of a credible alternative, and free-market economics was beginning to look like an attractive option. Enter Thatcher.

A quick background

Thatcher was born in 1925 and grew up in the apartment above her parents’ grocery store in Grantham – a market town in Lincolnshire, England. As a student at Oxford University, she graduated with a degree in Chemistry, and later went on to study Law, qualifying as a barrister in 1953.

She was first elected to the House of Commons in 1959, and was made a junior minister for pensions in 1961 by the then Prime Minister, Maurice Harold Macmillan. Following a successful leadership bid for the Conservative Party in 1975, Thatcher was elected Britain’s first female Prime Minister in 1979 and would hold the office for 11½ years!

One of her key strengths was communications. She always managed to communicate really well with humour and candour. When asked what she thought of being powerful, she said:

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

Thatcher believed that great leaders never needed to declare their greatness. People know they are great by their actions.

1. The convicted leader

While there is plenty of commentary on the many political challenges she faced and the decisions she took (such as privatisation, education reform and the Falklands War), there is no dispute that Thatcher was a strong leader who knew exactly what she stood for.

She once said, “I am not a consensus politician. I’m a conviction politician.”

When asked why she hated consensus, she replied, “If you look at the great religions – and the Judeo-Christian religion is really at the heart – would you have those great guidelines if Jesus had said, ‘Brothers, I believe in consensus?’ Of course not. You’d have nothing of value.”

As leaders, one of the hardest things to do is to do the right thing. It’s easier to do the popular thing or the easy thing.

Doing what you truly believe and are deeply convicted about is scary and tough. Usually, these are things no one wants to hear.

As parents, it is to discipline our children when needed. As business leaders, it is to provide tough feedback and on occasion, ‘discipline’ and push your employees beyond their capabilities. It is to restructure and reshape the business when needed.

In today’s world, we need convicted leaders. We have many politically-correct leaders, but we need leaders who go against convention and stands firm.

Great leaders like Thatcher had the clarity of vision and conviction to ensure impact. Do we stand our ground in our organisations? Do we have a clear conviction on where to take our organisation?

 

2. Strengths can turn to weakness

Receiving the nickname “The Iron Lady” from a young journalist (meant as a derogatory term, but used to her advantage), Thatcher was resolute in her beliefs.

This proved to be both a strength and a weakness, and one that led to the end of her political reign. Inflexibility is a potential recipe for disaster – closing yourself off to others means missing out on valuable perspectives.

One of the biggest issues with leaders as they age is learning agility. Leaders who are starting out in their careers usually are soaking in knowledge by asking questions and listening.

Yet, as they become convicted on their vision, the path to achieving their vision becomes clearer; they forget that the path needs to be constantly refreshed.

Our resolution and resolve to achieving our vision must always be the same, yet as the world changes, our path towards it has to change, too.

Many leaders use their strengths successfully and assume that the same strengths can be used in all contexts. In differing situations, our very strengths can turn into our weakness.

We can learn from Thatcher that learning agility has to co-exist with conviction and resolve.

When we start to believe that only we know the way forward, we begin our descent into mediocracy and ineffectiveness.

What about you? Are you a leader who is agile and constantly changing? Are you always listening, learning and reflecting to see how you can change according to situations?

 

3. Fixing the ‘sick man of Europe’

When Thatcher first came to power, Britain was known as the “sick man of Europe”, and she worked tirelessly to transform the economic reality for the country.

As Lady Virginia Bottomley (Conservative Member of Parliament from 1984–2005) put it:

“Through her leadership and personal conviction she restored our confidence, self-belief and entrepreneurial spirit.”

One of Thatcher’s most noted accomplishments was the decision to deregulate the London Stock Exchange in 1986, which would lead the city to the forefront of world finance.

At the start of 2010, the financial sector had an estimated worth of £125bil and London still retains a strong reputation in the world of finance.

Great leaders are people of action. They are biased for closure. Thatcher got results. Great leaders always get results. They don’t blame circumstances or other people.

Thatcher once said, “It’s not enough to be; one must do.” It requires hard work and sacrifice and a lot of toil but great leaders get things done.

 

4. The love-hate leader

As a controversial icon of her time, Thatcher remains very much a ‘love-hate’ figure in the United Kingdom (UK). Her thoughts on what it means to be a leader will resonate with many senior leaders as she observed, “If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and would achieve nothing.”

Great leaders will always be loved and hated. As leaders, we must get used to this fact. There will never be a great leader who is loved by all.

 

Final thoughts

Thatcher is a leader whose economic legacy continues to live on in the UK, Europe and in America. Her unyielding resolve and robust leadership brought her admirers and critics in equal measure.

As a leader, she recognised that she alone bore the responsibility of her decisions and understood it meant being loved and hated for it. A key lesson from Thatcher’s leadership is a paradoxical one: leaders need to be resolute, yet flexible.

Leaders also need to have courage in their convictions. But at the same time, they must also avoid the trap of believing that they are always right.

Being agile and considering different perspectives is what helps to avoid the pitfalls of tunnel vision and the consequences it can bring.
Be A Leader!

by Roshan Thiran

Roshan Thiran

Roshan is CEO of the Leaderonomics Group. He believes that everyone can be a leader and make a dent in the universe, in their own special ways. To engage with him deeper, go to www.Facebook.com/roshanthiran.leaderonomics

Obama on feminism and other lessons from the first United State of Women summit

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“Wow, that’s a lot of women.” Those were the first words my taxi driver uttered since we left my Washington DC hotel and embarked on our journey to the White House-convened United State of Women (USOW) summit. As I opened the car door, I couldn’t help but blurt out “and now I am one of them”.

Normally, I am not comfortable in a mass of people. Yet, there I was, one of many and all I could think was: I found my people. The people around me, mostly women and a few good men, were invited to the summit because of their work in elevating the state of women around the globe.

Coming at a time with so much turmoil in the world, the summit brought to light a few refreshing realities: 1) the conversation is finally starting to shift; 2) there are more of us fighting for gender equity than I could have imagined; and 3) now is the time for each of us to harness that momentum.

For years, discussions about the role of women in the world were seen as a women-only philanthropic issue. Leadership development programmes focused on women have had a clear message and a desired outcome: women, you need to be more like men.

The sentiment at the summit, however, by the likes of Warren Buffett, Goldman Sachs, Tory Burch and many, many others is that women are just fine, thank you very much. Business, societal and government structures, the policies and mindsets of the people in power, have to shift towards providing equal access to opportunities.

Why the shift? The economics of women’s equality speaks for itself. In many countries, women are 40%-49% of the workforce and in an increasing number of households are the sole or primary breadwinners. And with 70%-80% of consumer-buying decisions falling into the hands of women and women playing an equal role in labour markets, with equal pay, an additional $28 trillion (yes, that’s trillion with a “T”) could be added to the economy.

Power in numbers

While seeing the US President talk about being a feminist or Oprah interviewing the first lady, Michelle Obama, will certainly go down as highlights in my life, what struck me the most about the summit is that women I know, and I, are not alone in our fight – and make no mistake, it is a fight – for gender equity. If the people in the room were a mere representation of the many people heading in the same direction, just imagine if we all banded together.

Make no mistake; there is power in numbers. Drawing from his experience and observations of how Indian entrepreneurs succeeded en masse in the rich, white American dude nirvana that is Silicon Valley, Stanford University professor and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa has talked about five key success factors: they were open about the barriers; cultivated an environment of success; invested in the next generation of entrepreneurs; invested in each other’s businesses; and shared their contacts and established highly-active associations.

Looking around the room at the powerhouse USOW attendees, it became blatantly clear that banding together is the only option we have to accelerate progress. I will be long dead by 2085, the year we will be on par with men if change continues at the current rate, and I want to be around to earn as much as the guy next to me and to know that my daughters will too. This is not a pipe dream. Not for me, not for any of us.

Move over old boys’ network

Peer networks, like those described by Wadhwa, are the secret to women achieving their career goals, gaining access and closing the gender equity gap for themselves and each other. “Over the past 100 years men have created networking and mentoring systems that go outside of their companies,” explains Chantal Pierrat, CEO and founder of Emerging Women.

Instead of creating an atmosphere where women are able to thrive, top-down mentorships have stifled women. “Peer mentoring groups shouldn’t be about better-negotiating tactics for women. Leadership is an internal experience for women and being able to talk about challenges and successes allows us to optimise ourselves as leaders,” says Pierrat.

Echoing Wadhwa and Pierrat’s sentiments, in her New York Times bestselling book about Silicon Valley’s powerhouse women banded together for the good of all, Stiletto Network, Pamela Ryckman, wrote: “Women still need a forum to discuss the intractable issues their forebears confronted decades ago.” One of the biggest lessons from this book may just hold the key for women: we each have the power to create an environment for success, where each one of us can have equal access to power, to money, to be able to thrive.

Go create the world in which you want to live. Start by finding your people. Trust me, they are looking for you.

Dr Patti Fletcher is a multi-disciplined executive and entrepreneur, Astia Board member, and columnist for Inc.XconomyLinkedIn Pulse and PSDNetwork. She tweets at @pkfletcher and @pattionmktg

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