In our constantly changing world, empowering individuals equally, men and women, is key for success. We asked Teresa Martin-Retortillo, Executive President of IE Exponential Learning, to answer some questions about what it means tor her to be an empowered woman as well as how she manages to lead and build a successful and meaningful journey…
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EXPERIENCE THIS YEARS FORUM
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.
#WILFORUM IN NUMBERS
HOURS OF CONTENT
HOURS OF NETWORKING
WOMENS CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
TOTAL GRANT VALUE
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 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.
WHAT PEOPLE THINK
Strong speaker, nice venue, a good way to exchange on women empowerment with dedicated professionals involve in this subject.
It was fabulous to see so many strong, go-getter women in a room together! I also really liked that they all showed their ‘vulnerable’ side, in that their message wasn’t only about achievements, but about always being authentically themselves regardless of what they did.
WIL Forum is an exciting space to connect, celebrate, and champion female leadership in MENA’s economic community and beyond, curating a culture of gender diversity and inclusion through Middle Eastern female leadership.
The event was a good platform that provoked the emegence of important conversations. These can now be taken into the public domain to impact transformation in business and society, as well be a springboard for deeper dialogues.
A great event, packed with so much knowledge and great speakers, The program curated to make sure that we understand current challenges that women entrepreneurs and professionals are currently facing, and being able to leap slightly ahead of them, so that by next year’s event, we’ll have solutions and products that meet our needs as entrepreneur or professional. In short: offering a compact source of inspiration.
The WIL Economic Forum was an excellent experience. Each session had something for everyone. Networking over lunch and other times provided a wealth of information.
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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.
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.
Africa Middle East Regional President