Women in business 2020: Investing in Women on March 11th [fr]

During the first week of the 64th UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Consulate General of Canada, the Consulate General of France and the Economic Club of New York will hold the 3rd edition of their cycle of conferences dedicated to advancing women in the workplace on March 11th, 2020.


Update: In light of the restrictions implemented to prevent the propagation of Coronavirus COVID-19, Women in Business 2020 has been postponed to an ulterior date.


Women in Business, Investing in Women will engage participants to discuss concrete efforts by institutional investors, as well as CEOs, to build more inclusive organizations where women can thrive and achieve their full potential. The event will also include a focus on the role of media in reframing existing leadership models.

Bringing together French, Canadian and American officials, along with 200 C-level decision makers and investors during the first week of the 64th UN Commission on the Status of Women, the event will consist of interactive panel discussions, a keynote lunch and three workshops that will provide a deep dive into the following topics: fundraising for female fund managers, media training for women in business, and certification tools for ensuring gender-smart investing.

The event

This will be a half-day event starting in the morning of March 11th, 2020 and ending with a closing luncheon. It will include 3 panels, and small group, action-oriented breakout sessions running in parallel.


The program

Preliminary agenda. Speakers to be announced shortly.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. - Welcome from Conference Co-Hosts & Sponsors

9:15 - 9:45 a.m. - Opening Fireside Chat

The business case for gender diversity in the workplace is now overwhelming – and companies are recognizing the importance of fostering a truly diverse workforce, at all organizational levels. As profound and transformative shifts impact our societies, CEOs have started to re-examine the values that drive them and their responsibilities to their shareholders. In its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, the Business Roundtable (BRT) stresses its “unwavering commitment to continue to push for an economy that serves all.” What does this mean for women, who are nearly half of the labor force in the United States? The opening fireside chat will focus on the ways investors are working to amplify and accelerate the advancement of women in the economy.

9:45 - 10:05 a.m. - CEO Spotlight: The Power of Gender-Smart Investment

An increasing number of asset owners and managers have started to leverage their collective power to push for a greater focus on gender diversity. The Investor Leadership Network – a G7 group of 14 institutional investors representing $6 trillion of assets under management – is committed to opening opportunities for diverse groups in finance and investment worldwide, and to increasing the presence of diverse talent in investment and management roles in the financial industry.

10:05 - 10:45 a.m. - Panel 1: Mainstreaming Gender-Smart Investment

Gender diversity plays and increasingly prominent role in investors’ assessment of a company’s performance and earning potential: in January 2020 for example, one of the largest US banks announced that it would not work on
the IPO of a company that did not have a diverse Board of directors. More and more investors now view gender diversity as a core element of their business and investing strategies. This panel will investigate the most effective tools and approaches that empower the investment community to factor gender diversity in their investment making decisions.

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. - Networking break

11:00 - 11:20 a.m. - CEO Spotlight: The Power of the Collective - SISTA

How can women-focused collectives and alliances further accelerate change? This segment will spotlight SISTA Collective, a French initiative created by two tech entrepreneurs in 2018. Nearly 60 funds have signed the SISTA charter and have committed to: (a) allocate 50% of their funding to women-led enterprises by 2050, and (b) increase the ratio of women within their organization to 50% by 2025.

11:20 - 12:00 p.m. - Panel 2: Models of Gender Considerate Investment and the Role of Collectives

The economic benefits of investing in women are well documented and there are various investment mechanisms to achieving those benefits. This panel will
discuss different growth capital investment strategies used for gender considerate investment while also highlighting the potential opportunities for collectives to support those strategies. A distinctive group of managing directors, partners, and organizers of collectives will offer their perspective.

12:00 - 12:40 p.m. - Panel 3: Raising the Visibility of Women in the Media

Despite the growing percentage of women leaders in the business and finance sectors, women remain underrepresented in business/finance media coverage.
Just like on any diversity issue, the more women are represented in the media, the more their issues and realities are brought to the forefront of public dialogue. The conversation will focus on the role of media in reframing existing leadership models, and disrupting deep-seated mindsets and culture.

12:40 - 1:00 p.m. - Networking Break

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Closing Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Sessions running concurrently

Fundraising Boot Camp for Female Fund Managers

A small group, action-oriented mentoring and match-making session for women currently raising funds from asset owners.

Maximizing Media Influence

A small group workshop with media experts that will offer women concrete tools to achieve enhanced media visibility.

Tools & Certification for Ensuring Gender-Smart Investment

A small-group workshop that will share insights on best practices to close the
gender gap in the workplace in terms of attraction, retention, compensation, promotion, training, and overall talent management.

Register here


Past speakers

Jenny Abramson, Founder, Rethink Impact
Catherine Barba, Co-founder SISTA Summit / Founder WIN Forum NY
Kiersten Barnet, Global Head, Bloomberg Gender Equality Index
Rachana Bhide, Founder, The Corner of the Court
Lynn Blake, Executive Vice President, CIO, Global Equity Beta Solutions, State Street Global Advisors
Kathleen Bochman, Head of ESG, Loomis Sayles (Natixis affiliate)
Sheri Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
Frances Brooks Talpett, Global People Senior Director, Boston Consulting Group
Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO, Asset and Wealth Management, JP Morgan
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, CNBC Chief International Correspondent
Stacey Cunningham, President, New York Stock Exchange
Beatrix Dart, Executive Director, Initiative for Women in Business, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
Frank Demaille, CEO, Engie North America
Victor Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC
Elodie Dupuis, Founder and Managing Director, Full-In Venture
Kim Furlong, CEO, Canadian Venture Capital Association
Maelle Gavet, COO, Compass
Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF
Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg LP
Chuck Gray, Co-Leader, US Diversity Practice, Egon Zehnder
Elise Jun, Associate and US Board Practice Specialist, Egon Zehnder
Rebecca Kaden, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
Dana Kanze, Doctoral Fellow, Columbia Business School
Lexie Komisar, Global Program Leader for Growth and Strategic Partnerships, IBM

Last modified on 12/03/2020

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