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IESE Business School - Conference Español
Second International Symposium

Women, Business and Society in the 21st Century
Leading Change

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Dates and Location
Madrid, April 3, 2006
IESE Madrid
Camino del Cerro del Águila, 3 (Ctra. de Castilla, km. 5,180)
28023 Madrid

Madrid, April 3, 2006


Throughout the 20th Century, companies, governments and countries experienced changes as women won the vote, entered the workforce and universities, and began to reach the highest corporate and political levels.

Today, women continue to use their unique talents and energy to transform modern business and society. However, women still face many obstacles making it difficult for them to reach their full potential and live integrated lives as professionals, mothers, partners and citizens.

In order to make the 21st Century a time of complete integration, women need to lead change by changing the traditional definition of success and making sure women have the freedom and flexibility to define their own professional and personal success. Greater flexibility in corporate cultures and social structures is needed, as well as government and corporate policies that support and promote women’s full participation in civic, corporate and family life.

The panelists on this symposium will discuss the obstacles and challenges that women face today, and what needs to be done to make a permanent and lasting change in the way women live and work. By sharing their knowledge and experience, they will help inspire all women to be leaders of change in their personal, professional, family and civic lives.


Simultaneous translation (Spanish to English and English to Spanish) will be provided in each session

Monday, April 3, 2006

09:00 - 10:00 Conference Registration and Networking Breakfast
10:00 - 10:30 Official Inauguration
The Honorable Juan José Güemes
, Minister for Work and Women of the Regional Government of Madrid
Dr. Juan José Toribio
Director of IESE Business School in Madrid, University of Navarra
10:30 - 11:45

Panel Discussion I
“Leading Change in Politics and Government”

This session brings together politicians and officials who are making an impact through implementing family-friendly policies; academics and business leaders who recommend new policies; and women who are actively involved in lobbying governments for flexibility and family-friendly policies.

Dr. Nuria Chinchilla

Head, International Center of Work and Family, IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Ms. Ibukun Awosika
CEO of Sokoa Chair Centre, Nigeria

Ms. Janne H. Matlary
Ex-Minister of International Affairs of Norway and Professor, University of Oslo
View presentation (PDF, 139 Kb)

Ms. Denise Kingsmill
Former Chair of the Accounting for People Task Force on Human Capital Management, Government of Great Britain, UK

Ms. Andrina Lever
Government Consultant and President, Lever Enterprises, Canada
View presentation (PDF, 156 Kb)

Ms. Mª Angeles Nogueras
President, OFA, Holland
View presentation (PDF, 204 Kb)

11:45 - 12:15 Networking Break
12:15 - 13:30

Panel Discussion II
“Leading Change in Business”

This session brings together women managers and businesses who are leading cultural changes, implementing family-friendly policies, and will speak about the positive contributions that women make in their corporations.

Ms. Amparo Moraleda
President of South Europe, IBM, Spain 

Ms. Chong Siak Ching
President and CEO, Ascendas Pte Ltd, Singapore
View presentation (PDF, 723 Kb)

Mr. Jaime Aguirre
General Manager of Human Resources, Ferrovial, Spain
View presentation (PDF, 78 Kb)

Mr. Rafael Montes
General Manager of Human Resources, Acciona, Spain
View presentation (PDF, 33 Kb)

Ms. Macarena Cassinello
General Manager, Nissan Europe Quality
View presentation (PDF, 607 Kb)

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 Presentation
“The Great Change Hurdle: Prejudice”

Dr. Paddy Miller, Professor of Managing People in Organizations, IESE
15:00 - 16:00

Panel Discussion III
“Leading Change Through Entrepreneurship”

Many women are finding their success through entrepreneurship - however, being entrepreneurial is not only synonomous with starting a business. It also means understanding how to network, evaluate new opportunities, and develop skills to take advantage of these opportunities in the right context and at the right time. We will discuss these and other issues with a varied panel of successful entrepreneurs.

Dr. Julia Prats
IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Ms. Anna Hejka
Founder and Principal of Heyka Capital Markets, USA-Poland, Czech Republic, Malaysia
View presentation (PDF, 868 Kb)

Ms. Karen E. Wilson
Founder, GV Partners, Geneva, Switzerland
View presentation (PDF, 345 Kb)

Ms. Julia Pérez-Cerezo
Managing Director GV21, Beijing, China
View presentation (PDF, 360 Kb)

16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 17:45

Panel Discussion IV
“Leading Change in Redefining Success”
Professional women from business and politics will speak about their personal experiences, focusing on how they have achieved their aspirations to live fully as professionals, wives and mothers.

Dr. Maureen A. Mahoney
Dean, Smith College, USA
View presentation (PDF, 17 Kb)

Ms. María Jesús Prieto-Laffargue
Vice President, World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Spain

Ms. Mireia Las Heras
Professor, Managing People in Organizations, IESE
View presentation (PDF, 174 Kb)

Ms. Xantal Oller
European Purchase Director, Lincoln Electric Europe
View presentation (PDF, 1058 Kb)

Ms. María del Mar Ares Martín
Partner, Ernst & Young, Spain
View presentation (PDF, 141 Kb)

17:45 - 18:00 Break
18:00- 19:30

Panel Discussion V
“Support to Lead Change”

This session focuses on support for women leading change. Networking and mentorship will be the key topics; the support needed from partners, employers and government will also be explored.

Ms. Margaret Milan
President and Think Tank Director, European Professional Women’s Network (PWN), France
View presentation (PDF, 10 Kb)

Ms. Gabriele A. Hantschel
Engagment Manager, Microsoft Germany and Ex-International President, European Women’s Management Development, Germany
View presentation (PDF, 4005 Kb)

Ms. Kristin Engvig
Founder and President, WIN Conferences, Geneva, Switzerland
View presentation (PDF, 717 Kb)

Ms. Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani
Founder and President of the Arab International Women’s Forum, UK

Ms. Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden
Strategic Advisor, Europe, Catalyst
View presentation (PDF, 35 Kb)

19:45 Closing Dinner


Dr. Nuria Chinchilla
Professor of Managing People in Organizations
Director of the International Center of Work and Family, IESE Business School
Ph.D. in Economics and Business Management, IESE Business School, University of Navarra
Master of Business Administration, IESE Business School, University of Navarra




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