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New Connections program November 27 (may be subject to changes)

Monday November 27th 2017
08:30 - 13:00
Sentralen, Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo, Norway

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit will attend.

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Part 1: Gender Diversity in Leadership

Globally women are less likely than men to work in executive management or decision-making roles. This session will introduce the significance of promoting women’s leadership for businesses and the economy.

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Introductory remarks, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide
  • Ensuring equal opportunities for leadership, by Terri McCullough, former director of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative  
  • The business case for investing in women leaders, by Robert Næss, Nordea Investment Management
  • A targeted investment approach, by Sally Gitonga, Business Partners International (BPI)
  • “A simple request”, a short film directed by Thorbjørn Harr
  • Women’s leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Norway: Lilian Simiyu, Norfund, and Kristina Jullum Hagen, NHO, in conversation about differences and common challenges.

Break (10:30-10:45)

Part 2: Making Business Work for Women: Successes and Challenges

What measures can investors and companies employ to promote women’s leadership?

  • Senior managers’ views on barriers to gender balance, by Mari Teigen, Centre for Research on Gender Equality.

Successful strategies for promoting women leaders in corporations

  • Representatives from Statoil, Ikea and Google explain their approach to promoting women leaders in their own ranks and discuss experiences.

Investing and building partnerships for gender diversity

  • Women in the value chain, by Elizabeth Vazquez, WEConnect
  • Women and entrepreneurship, by Christian H. Thommessen, board member of responsAbility investments AG

Part 3: A Conversation about the Future

  • A discussion on lessons learned and best practices with input from the audiencePanel participants: Terri McCullough, Elizabeth Vazquez, Sallly Gitonga, Katja Nordgaard and Kjersti Aass (Yara).
  • Closing remarks

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