The Year of Women in Leadership

Event-packed trimester celebrating women in business

15/01/2016 Barcelona

Women in Leadership

Women leaders come to the fore / Photo: Javier Arias

Women leadership and gender balance at work – issues concerning most companies. This year, the school hosts a variety of activities for women in business around the globe.

Below are some of the upcoming sessions, conferences and networking events that will be held this trimester.

Two International Conferences

One of the most important conferences to be held in Barcelona next January 27 is the IESE Women in Leadership (I-WIL) Conference.

Topics for debate will include how to find the right role model and mentor – and connecting with the right people in your sector. The conference will also examine how to lobby for gender balance in senior management.

Speakers include: Former Minister for Education and Women of Chile, Carolina Schmidt; General Manager of Poland & Baltics, The Coca-Cola Company, Ania Jakubowski; Iberian Zone President, Schneider Electric, Patrick Gaonach; Director, Europe Africa Russia Caspian CWI, Baker Hughes, Eghosa Oriaikhi; and Partner, Institutional Relations & Corporate Development, Meridia Capital, Cristina Badenes.

Participants will be inspired and empowered through the exchange and sharing of personal stories of success in breaking the glass and cement ceilings.

The international tenor of both the conference and the school doesn’t end here. Another indispensable stop is the Women's Leadership Conference that will be held in Sao Paulo (Brazil) next March 9.

Women leaders will gather from across the continent to build debate, share insight, experience and build networks.

More Networking Opportunities

There are frequent opportunities for women in business to meet and network at IESE.

Executives looking to hone their leadership communication skills can sign up for the Optimize Your Authentic & Charismatic Communication” session on Thursday January 21 at IESE’s Barcelona campus.

Communications expert and coach, Liliana Cabal, will share the inside track on persuasive communication together with cutting-edge techniques and tools for immediate implementation.

This session is tailored to the needs of women MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) students and alumnae.

The Madrid campus will host "The Best Decision. The Right Moment," on February 11. This session is an open forum for debate, organized by the IESE MBA and EMBA programs and is an invitation to women leaders to share and exchange insight on their experience and the challenges they face.

Moderated by Professor Guido Stein, a distinguished panel will include Carmen Gómez de Barreda (EMBA '97), general manager of CORES and independent board member of Red Eléctrica; Fuencisla Clemares (MBA '00), director of sales at Google Spain; María Allende (EMBA '10), international director of HR with Inditex; and Marta Amorós (MBA '12), director of analysis and financial control at Microsoft.

On February 17, IESE’s Barcelona campus will host the trimestral breakfast on Women in Leadership. On this occasion, the school welcomes International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge 2015 award winner, Regina Llopis, CEO, president and founder of MAIA Mexico and board member of the International Women Forum Spain.