Women, Leadership and the Pursuit of Happiness

Barcelona, July 2-3, 2019

2nd ICWF – International Conference of Women and Leadership

The aim of this conference is to create a vision and to build theory on women and leadership, as well as to provide empirical evidence not only for the academia, but also for organizations. We are also interested in papers on a wide range of topics that address current problems and key issues about women in the organizations. The International Center for Work and Family founded its first Academic Forum in 2005.  In 2019 the conference reaches its 8th edition right before the 2nd ICWF – International Conference of Women and Leadership, such that participants interested in both can actually attend the two of them.

In many countries inequalities between men are women are still the norm (see Gender Inequality Index of the United Nations for a reference). Inequalities between men and women are still prevalent in organizations in political representation, in academia, and in the family. The ICWF International Conference of Women and Leadership aims to focus on “Women, Leadership and the Pursuit of Happiness” acknowledging that the needs for leadership have changed, and that women contributions might be more relevant than ever to contribute to organizational needs.

The ICWF International Conference of Women and Leadership will pay special attention to women and leadership, in the pursuit of happiness; women and careers; women and corporate governance and women and social networks, among others. Some questions that we would like to examine are: Can women have it all? Can companies help women having what they want? Do women leaders foster happiness among their employees? Are there national (or context) variables that affect women leadership (and their pursuit of happiness)?

We welcome papers focused on the current and future transformations of leadership and the contribution of (and barriers for) women leadership from a wide range of scientific perspectives: management, philosophy, empirical social sciences, law and regulation, and humanistic studies, among others.
We expect to contribute to building a new vision of leadership that places the centrality of the human being at the core of the definition and practice of organizations and societies.

The Conference will take place in July 2nd and 3rd at IESE Campus in Barcelona. If you are interested in participating, please submit a 800 word short-paper by March 1, 2019. We will communicate acceptance by April 1, 2019. Submission of full-papers will be due by May 15, 2019. We especially encourage theoretical and innovative empirical papers, as well as quantitative and qualitative analyses.

IESE is a dynamic community of scholars and practitioners that will welcome you to Barcelona, a traditional and welcoming Mediterranean city. Barcelona offers a friendly atmosphere that will enable conference participants and their families plenty of opportunities to enjoy their stay here over and above the academic program we are preparing for you.

See also the information on the 8th International Conference of Work and Family that will take place right after the 2nd ICWF – International Conference of Women and Leadership.

8 Conference of Work and Family



If you are a practitioner and would like to attend two keynote sessions please see the information below:

Conference Fee


Tuesday, July 2nd

13:30 – 14:00 – Registration and Welcome

14:15 – 15:30 – Keynote Session I (Q-302)

• Yasin Rofcanin

15:45 – 17:00 – Keynote Session II (Q-302)

• Remus Illies

19:00 – Dinner (Bus will leave IESE at 18.15)


Wednesday, July 3rd

08:30 – 09:30 – Track Session I
(Room: U102 – U109 + T307 +T305)

09:30 – 10:00 – Coffee Break (Q-300)

10:00 – 11:15 – Track Session II (Room: U102 – U109 + T307 +T305)

11:30 – 12:45 – Track Session III (Room: U102 – U109 + T307 +T305)

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch (North Campus Dining Room)

14:15 – 15:30 – Keynote Session III (Q-103)

• Veronica Hope

15:45 – 16:15 – Keynote Session IV (Q-103)

• Kathleen McGinn

16:15 – 17:30 – Closing


Conference topics

NOTE: the tracks are not comprehensive, and will be organized once all papers are submitted and accepted for presentation


Change of environment


Happiness and work-life


Changes in the preferences that relate to happiness and work-life

Submission deadlines

Please follow these guidelines. Papers that are not prepared according to these instructions will NOT be reviewed.

Submission Guidelines

· The entire paper (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in ONE document.
· The maximum length of the paper is 800 words.
· Use Times New Roman 12-pitch font, double spaced, 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin all around and number all of the pages of the paper.
· Check that the paper prints correctly (i.e., all imported figures and tables appear), and ensure that the file is virus-free.
· After submitting your abstract you will receive a confirmation email. If you have any problem with this upload form, please contact us at conferences@iese.edu or try to resubmit after a few minutes.
· NO changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, and actual paper will be accepted AFTER each submission deadline.

March 1, 2019

Submit a 800 word short-paper

April 1, 2019

Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2019

Submission deadline for those whose paper are accepted

June 25, 2019

Registration deadline

For technical reasons you can only submit your proposals by email, for the moment.

Sorry for the inconvenience.



Registration fees

Early Bird (until may 15th)

Academics €350
Students €125
Practitioners (2 keynote sessions) €160
Attending Both Academic Conferences €550
Attending both Academic Conference at Student's fee €300

Regular Fee (from May 16th to June 20th)

Late Academics €600
Late Students €300
Practitioners (2 keynote sessions) €180
Attending Both Academic Conferences €700
Attending both Academic Conference at Student's fee €500

Dates and Location

Barcelona, July 2-3, 2019

IESE Barcelona
North Campus
C/Arnús i Garí, 3-7
08034 Barcelona
Tel.:+34 93 253 4200

How to get there


Sansi Pedralbes

(5 minutes walk from IESE)
Av. Pearson 1-3,
08034 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 206 38 80


Torre Girona Residence Halls

(10 minutes walk from IESE)
Passeig dels Til·lers, 19
08034 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 390 43 00


AC Victoria Suites

(15 minutes walk from IESE)
C/ Beltrán i Ròzpide, 7-9 (before Av. Pedralbes, 16)
08034 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 206 99 00


abba Garden Hotel

(20 minutes walk from IESE)
C/ Santa Rosa, 33
08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
Tel: +34 935 03 54 54


Upper Diagonal

(15 minutes walk from IESE)
Passeig de Manuel Girona, 7,
08034 Barcelona
Tel: +34 932 04 65 73