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Women Leadership and Sustainability

On-line, July 6-7, 2021

Given the current circumstances, the Conference, will be held on an on-line format during the afternoons and evenings of July 6th and 7th CET.

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3rd ICWF-IWIL Conference: Women Leadership and Sustainability

Gendered violence, gender inequality, gender biases and gender discrimination are still far too common in our current world. These problems go hand in hand with social inequality, climate change and poverty around the world. All these social problems call into question our understanding of growth and development. All of us are increasingly concerned about the way our decisions affect men and women, and their access to education and all sorts of professions and resources. We are also increasingly concerned about natural resources and our environmental impact. In sum, we are generally more aware of the risks of fostering economic growth while still alienating or harming third parties, be those natural resources, minorities or women, for instance. For these reasons, organizations, individuals and society are ever more interested in building a shared vision to work toward a more sustainable way of life.

In 2015, the United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs comprise 17 ambitious goals to be reached by 2030 under the pledge: Leave no one behind. The call to action includes topics such as eliminating hunger, tackling inequality and fighting climate change. The fifth goal refers specifically to “Gender Equality.” Women should not be left behind in leadership positions. This complex world requires their contributions, which will surely be crucial for solving some of the major problems humanity is facing.

Leaders, both male and female, should provide effective answers that allow for achieving the SDGs. Finding answers to complex problems will, inevitably, require a new type of leadership, which will have to include women’s leadership. Future leaders will have to find ways to reduce inequality by working toward a more sustainable world. Women’s leadership can definitely contribute toward generating solutions that accelerate the process of achieving the proposed SDG agenda.

The SDGs include physical, mental and social well-being as an objective on the road to healthy lives for all. In recent decades, the number of working adults with problems related to anxiety, quality of sleep, frustration and depression has risen. Addressing mental health is important in itself, but it is also relevant for organizations and society as part of their contribution to sustainable development. Organizations with employees that enjoy good health and high well-being benefit society. Healthy employees and leaders are better equipped to achieve sustainable human development. Therefore, we believe a more humane leadership, one that includes women and allows them to develop to their full potential, is beneficial for all.

The 3rd Biennial International Conference of Women & Leadership will focus on individual and organizational capacity in support of sustainable practices that enable women to develop to their full potential as leaders. We want to encourage research and discussion around solutions to make workplaces more sustainable – that is, that they promote gender equality, employee well-being and environmental responsibility. We are interested in understanding practices, sociocultural aspects and institutional frameworks that enable women’s leadership and foster social, economic and environmental sustainability.

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

We look forward to welcoming you to IESE in Barcelona!

You can also attend the 9th International Conference of Work and Family: Work, Family and Sustainability that will take place right before the 3rd ICWF-IWIL Conference: Women Leadership and Sustainability.

9th ICWF Conference: Work, Family and Sustainability

Authors Meet Critics

Scott Behson, PhD, is professor of management and Silberman Global Faculty Fellow at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is an expert in work and family issues and the author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home- the best-selling book of advice and encouragement for fathers trying to balance work and family. He founded and runs the popular blog, Fathers, Work, and Family, dedicated to helping working fathers and encouraging more family-supportive workplaces. He will present his new book “The Whole-Person Workplace” (forthcoming 2021) that will help employers address the work-life challenges of their employees.


Alyssa Westring is Associate Professor of Management at the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University. She is co-author of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life. An award-winning educator, Westring shares her expertise on leadership, work/life integration and women’s careers in leading academic and popular outlets and is a frequent speaker at Fortune 500 companies. She has two school-aged children and lives in Chicago.

Agenda 

This agenda outlines the structure of the conference. Speakers, topics and exact times will be updated as they are confirmed in the coming months.

 

Tuesday, July 6 (All sessions are CET)

 

14:45-15:00 Welcome to the conference


15:00 ‐ 15:45 – Keynote Speaker: Carol Ryff  “Nurturing Work-Family Well-Being in Challenging Times”

Prof Ryff’s research is strongly multidisciplinary and focuses on how various aspects of psychological well-being are contoured by broad social structural influences such as age, gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and culture as well as how psychological well-being is linked with biological factors (e.g., neuroendocrine regulation, inflammatory processes, cardiovascular risk).  She currently directs the MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) national study of Americans (www.midus.wisc.edu), which has become a major forum for integrative, multidisciplinary studies of health and well-being, as well as a parallel study in Japan known as MIDJA (Midlife in Japan).


15:45 ‐ 17:00 – First Break-Out (15 minutes presentations and 2 papers)


17:00 ‐ 17:25 – Interview with Mrs. Shallini Hinduja: “Work Family: How Female can avoid the Guilt Syndrome. Pursuing a successful career after raising a family”

Mrs Shalini Hinduja completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University College London in 1993. She then went on to do her MBA from Imperial College London.  Upon graduation from her MBA she joined Citibank as a management trainee in Mumbai. She later joined Matheson Investment Management, an asset management company, part of Jardine Fleming Group. After 1996, Shalini has been a part of the orientation of various Hinduja Group businesses and non-profit organizations. She was actively involved with the team, conceptualizing Ashok Leyland’s CSR initiative: Road to School. Since April 2015, she has been involved in the redevelopment of the Old War Office. Mrs. Shalini is a regular attendee at the World Economic Forum.   She is a member of Aston Martin’s Female Advisory Board.


17:25 ‐ 17:45 – Break


17:45 ‐ 18:30 – Authors meet critics: Alyssa Westring and Scott Behson 

Moderated by Yasin Rofcanin

• Scott Behson, PhD, Professor of Management and Silberman Global Faculty Fellow at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He is an expert in work and family issues and the author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home– the best-selling book of advice and encouragement for fathers trying to balance work and family. He founded and runs the popular blog, Fathers, Work, and Family, dedicated to helping working fathers and encouraging more family-supportive workplaces. He will present his new book “The Whole-Person Workplace” that will help employers address the work-life challenges of their employees.

• Alyssa Westring, Associate Professor of Management at the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University. She will present her book (co-authored) “Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life”. An award-winning educator, Westring shares her expertise on leadership, work/life integration and women’s careers in leading academic and popular outlets and is a frequent speaker at Fortune 500 companies. She has two school-aged children and lives in Chicago.


18:30 – 19:30 – Second Break-Out (2 papers)


 

Wednesday, July 7 (All sessions are CET)


14:45 – 15:05 – Presentation of the paper

3 Ways Companies Can Retain Working Moms Right Now

By Mona Zanhour, Assistant Professor, Management/HRM (MHRM)

 


15:05 – 16:00 – Third break-out room (2 papers)


16:00 – 16:45 – Keynote Evangelia Demerouti

Evangelia Demerouti is a Full Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her research focuses on the processes enabling performance, including the effects of work characteristics, individual job strategies (including job crafting and decision-making), occupational wellbeing, and work-life balance.


16:45 – 17:00 – Break


17:00 – 18:00 – Round table: “The world is not flat: Specific Work-Life Challenges Around the Globe”

Moderated by Marc Grau

Ameeta Jaga – South-African context

Konjit Hailu Gudeta – Sub-Saharan Africa context

M. Jose Bosch – South American context

Alev Özer Torgalöz – Middle East context


18:00 – 18:45 – Keynote Arnold Bakker

Arnold Bakker is professor and chair of the research group Work and Organizational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is the secretary general of the Alliance for Organizational Psychology, fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and adjunct professor at Lingnan University (Hong Kong).

His research interests include positive organizational phenomena such as work engagement, flow, and happiness at work, with a particular interest in understanding the processes that lead to job performance (e.g., crossover of work-related emotions). He has developed numerous internet applications, such as the Job Demands–Resources monitor, the Happiness Indicator, and the Engagement App.


18:45 – 19:00 – Farewell

Conference Topics

1

Women Leaders and Wellbeing

2

Happiness and Work-life

3

Women and Careers

Submission deadlines

 

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

 

Submission Guidelines for SHORT ABSTRACT

  • 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.

 

Please follow these guidelines for the full paper submission. Papers that are not prepared according to these instructions will NOT be reviewed.

 

Submission Guidelines for FULL PAPER

  • The entire paper (title page, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in ONE document.
  • The maximum length of the paper is 8000 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, 2021

Submit a 800-word short paper

April 1, 2021

Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2021

Submission deadline for accepted papers

June 25, 2021

Registration deadline

Registration Fees

Early Bird until May 15thRegular from May 16th to June 15thLate from June 16th to July 7th
Academics€140€220€350
Students€50€180€325
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