This interactive working session will guide participants through a roadmap and methodology designed to diagnose and target your organisation's best opportunities to advance gender diversity.
Welcome reception and keynote remarks followed by dinner and keynote speaker presentation.
Welcome and personal reflection on the opportunity before us, and how today’s discussion can reshape programs and strategies to help women to thrive.
Since the inaugural When Women Thrive conference in Washington DC last November, the concepts we have pioneered have flourished across the globe, but just where have we seen the greatest impact and what is the scope and scale of this impact?
We've made good progress - the number of women in the European labour force has grown significantly, as well as their representation in leadership. Women today are healthier, better educated and presented opportunities far in excess of any afforded to previous generations. But there is still much work to be done and the pace of global change is picking up. Degrees of progress across Europe have been diverse and outdated government policies and business practices are doing more harm than they are good. This panel discussion convenes some of the world's leading experts, who will explore some of the myths and that skew our well intentioned efforts, how we should be rethinking gender diversity and why this change is so urgent.
Earlier this year, Mercer in collaboration with EDGE Certified Foundation, conducted our 2nd annual When Women Thrive global employer research. This study was designed to understand how organisations can fully utilise their female talent by supporting women employees to be healthy, productive, and financially secure across the various stages of their professional lifecycle. After two years, the research includes responses from over 640 organisations in 41 countries. This session will preview the global insights from the study, with a focus on findings in Europe.
An interactive conversation with leading employers who are advancing representation and delivering results. They'll share their strategies for moving the needle, creating organisational vitality and delivering business performance for and with their women.
Participate in Mercer's new Health & Wealth interactive game that highlights the milestones, decisions and opportunities unique to a woman's professional journey.
If women are to thrive in an organisation, the employer needs to provide the appropriate enabling environment. It's no longer enough to consider wellbeing as the sole responsibility of the employee. A convergence of societal, economic and technological shifts has led to an overwhelming expectation of, and challenge to, wellbeing, in particular that of women. Physical, mental and financial health is a critical determinant of overall wellbeing which have direct impact on their families and of course employers, in the form of engagement, productivity and future development. This session will explore what companies are doing to push the overwhelmed employee from survive to thrive.
An engaging and interactive discussion of the critical need for greater female representation in innovation and R&D. The panel will present what needs to be done to change cultures and foster greater innovation across companies and industries, plus provide real examples of how organisations who actively engaged women in innovation saw significant and immediate returns.
The principles of our When Women Thrive programme are built around the female lifecycle framework. This final session of the day is a unique take on the aspirations, needs, fears and expectations of the women of the future