A global vision unites women business leaders

A global vision unites women business leaders

The world’s leading women economists, entrepreneurs and government representatives will gather at a global summit held in Sydney for the first time this April.

The City of Sydney has thrown its support behind the Global Summit of Women 2018, often described as the ‘Davos for women’, with $20,000 in sponsorship.

With the theme ‘Women: Creating economies of shared value’, the summit will take place at ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour from 26 to 28 April.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City of Sydney was proud to support this conference with its focus on expanding women’s economic opportunities worldwide.

“We look forward to welcoming around 1,000 delegates to Sydney for the Global Summit of Women 2018, including government and business leaders, who all share a vision of supporting women entrepreneurs across the world,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This conference is one of the many ways the City is supporting women to reach their potential in local and global economies, overcome barriers to launching and growing their businesses, and access training and mentoring opportunities.

“We’re proud to support local businesswomen in their entrepreneurial journey, as they make global connections, gain greater knowledge and skills and expand their businesses.”

The Lord Mayor is one of many Australian government representatives invited to participate in the global summit.

Lyn Lewis-Smith, Co-Chair of the Summit’s Steering Committee and CEO of Business Events Sydney, confirmed the Lord Mayor will be joined by more than 80 speakers at the global event.

“More than half will be international, including Daimler Chief Diversity Officer (Germany), Chair of fashion giant MCM Holdings (South Korea), Vice Presidents from McDonalds, IBM and Intel (US) and leaders from France, China, Singapore and the UK,” Ms Lewis Smith said.

“Australian representatives include Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Minister for Women; Cindy Hook, CEO of Deloitte; Susan Lloyd Hurwitz, CEO of Mirvac; Kirstin Ferguson, Non-Executive Director of ABC; and Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas.”

Summit themes include gender diversity, leadership, rising populism and the importance of millennials for 21st century economies. Sessions will discuss growing business with technology, entrepreneurship and business management, the future workplace and the nexus between energy and women’s economic empowerment.

Summit events include panel discussions, roundtables, breakout sessions and networking sessions.

The first Global Summit for Women was held in Montreal, Canada in 1990. Since then, it has grown to become the leading economic forum for women, with recent summits hosted by Tokyo, Warsaw, Sao Paulo and Paris.

For more information visit globewomen.org/globalsummit

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