Gender Diversity Conference

When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive

9–10 November, Brussels

Event highlights

Mercer hosted it's Signature When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive conference in Brussels on 9-10 November. The event brought together over 120 C-Suite, HR, Diversity and Policy leaders from across Europe and further afield.

"The decision to host this year's conference in Europe was important given the increased pressures organizations in this region are facing – both from a business and workforce performance perspective, but also significant pressure from the European Union and legislative bodies mandating quotas and pay equity."
Martine Ferland, Regional President for Europe Pacific, Mercer

Delegates and speakers engaged in stimulating discussion centered around current trends, insights and innovative organizations and leaders are deploying to advance gender diversity in their organizations. Program highlights included:

Program Highlights

  • A look at the past year and the opportunity before us
  • Preliminary findings with a focus on Europe from Mercer's 2015 When Women Thrive research study (download paper here). Note: The global report will be issued in January 2016 at the World Economic Forum
  • Employer strategies and case studies that are moving the needled with Luftansa, Ericsson, UBS, British Airways, Shell Group, IATA and others
  • Perspectives around quotas and legislative mandates with leaders from the European Union's Commission for Gender Equality and 30% Club
  • Candid look at the solutions some organisations are deploying to support women's health and financial wellbeing across their personal and professional lifecycle.

This year's conference, taking place exactly one year since the program launched last November in Washington, DC, provided the platform for Mercer to further amplify our conviction and proprietary research findings that organizations must think and act differently in order to accelerate progress. There is no doubt organizations, governments, societies, acadmics, communities, executives and individuals themselves are focused on this – with new data, articles, debates coming out on a daily and global basis.

"The volume is most certainly turned up– but progress is still slow. We can no longer think of this just as a data issue. It's a people and performance issue, with employers and leaders themselves playing a critically important role."
Pat Milligan, Senior Partner and Founder of When Women Thrive


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