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Stretch: Aspiring for more

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WHAT IS #WILForum?

In 2009, the first Global WIL Economic Forum broke new ground in the Middle East by giving a platform for women leaders to gather and advance gender diversity.

Since then, the forum has traveled across continents and evolved much.

While staying committed to its initial objective to champion gender diversity, the Global WIL Economic Forum now shines a light on other economic imperatives such as the inclusion of all and social impact.

Endorsed and opened by the UAE Minister of Economy for the past five years, the forum is bringing together 1,000 like-minded individuals from around the world, to shape the economy of tomorrow.

This year, the program digs into impact investing, social entrepreneurship, STEM, and arts & culture – addressed by regional and global leading organisations, policy makers and story-tellers.

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In the spirit of the initiatives launched for the Year of Giving and in support of the values of the Year of Zayed, the WIL Economic Forum will be providing special rebates, ranging from 500USD to 995USD towards the forum entrance fee.

The forum is sponsored by leading organisations including PfizerFedExEngieAster DMRocheSodexo and Naseba Capital.

The program is opened to managers, executives and entrepreneurs who are the new generation of leaders, giving an opportunity to 200 women to participate to 2 days of interactive discussions, inspirational sessions and workshops with delegates and speakers from all over the world.

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WIL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

BEST D&I INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

This award will honour an initiative created and implemented by a private company, public company, educational institution, public sector, non-governmental organisation or non-profit organisation to encourage the development of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

MOST WOMEN FRIENDLY EMPLOYER

This category recognises an organisation which actively encourages its female executives to develop skills through training, leadership and mentorship programs, and advocates for gender equality at the workplace.

 

WOMAN GAME CHANGER

This category recognises a policy-maker or private figure in the private sector for her strong commitment to developing female talent, her leadership, her ability to innovate and pave the way for future generations of female leaders.

ALISHA MOOPEN

Executive Director & CEO

Aster and Medcare Hospitals & Clinics, GCC

MALE CHAMPION OF CHANGE

This category recognises a male business leader, policy maker or public figure for his strong commitment to developing female talent and supporting women’s economic empowerment.

MENASSIE TEDDASE

Africa Middle East Regional President

Pfizer

CONTENT HUB

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Every share counts in the social media conversation when there’s US$28 trillion at stake, and adding your voice to the mix in support of female economic empowerment, ultimately benefits everyone. Social media platforms are the new water cooler conversation starter, and liking, sharing or commenting on a personal or professional level is something that 2.46…

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EDUCATION ROI? PRICELESS!

If budget cutbacks are placing team professional development opportunities in the crosshairs, consider this: 44% of employees cite a lack of opportunity for growth and advancement as a top source of work stress; and we all know that unhappy employees aren’t helping your bottom line. If we drill down to basics, we work to earn…

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CEO NEED TO KNOW

While profitability is an imperative, getting there at any cost is old world ideology and today’s CEO needs to be ahead of the curve in order to lead the business of the future “You can lead the change or be a victim of change,” said Denise M Morrison, who recently stepped down from her role…

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Womens Corporate Sponsorship Program

In the spirit of the initiatives launched for the Year of Giving and in support of the values of the Year of Zayed, the WIL Economic Forum will be providing special rebates, ranging from 500USD to 995USD towards the forum entrance fee. The forum is sponsored by leading organisations including Pfizer, FedEx, Engie, Aster DM,…

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GAME CHANGERS

From a marketing tool originally populated by brand ambassadors, the role of the influencer has evolved into something more meaningful In 2017, CNBC tagged the social media market with an estimated US$1 billion valuation. Influencers get a bad rap in many quarters, and with some experts citing a decline in trust of peer authorities, along…

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JILL AND THE BEANSTALK

While global demand for STEM talent is ushering in a new era of employment opportunity, it’s still a man’s world Between 2000 and 2010, STEM related jobs grew at three times the rate of other jobs and, by the end of this year, a total of 2.4 million STEM vacancies will remain unfilled. With digitalisation…

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SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

Encouraging more female entrepreneurs to join the swelling ranks of global women-led, and owned, businesses isn’t a tick box exercise, it’s an economic driver Women influence up to 85% of all consumer purchase decisions, yet men make up 85% of engineering and product design professionals. When 50% of the world’s population are women, where’s the…

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DRIVING DIVERSITY

Five reasons why promoting diversity and inclusion is an imperative for sustained business success In the past, putting diversity and inclusion on the boardroom agenda has seen it sidelined under corporate social responsibility as a corporate governance and self-regulation concern rather than as part of a solid business strategy. Time for a reality check. Simply…

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MESSAGE RECEIVED?

The quiet voice in our ear, on the small screen, in print and online, the world’s media needs to do more if we want to access the multi-trillion-dollar female economic empowerment effect Media plays a critical role in our daily lives as a messaging tool and a conduit that helps form our social values yet,…

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