Many companies, with their partners, continue to strengthen their commitments to diverse and representative hiring, particularly in industries where women are historically underrepresented in the employee base. This session will help you gain knowledge about initiatives to bring more women into STEM-related positions and to develop talent pipelines for future STEM jobs while girls are still in their educational years.
Gaining paths toward financial inclusion is critical for the resiliency and wellbeing of women in the United States and around the world. This panel will look at efforts by businesses and their partners to prioritize women’s financial inclusion through financial literacy and financial-empowerment programming. As traction is made, enhanced economic benefits such as new or expanded consumer markets are sure to arise.
Vital investments in women’s health have contributed to the wellbeing of women and girls around the world, but at the same time, opportunities remain in women’s health research and services. This session delves into how the business community, healthcare partners, and various stakeholders aim to develop and provide resources for health-related challenges affecting women and girls. Panelists will take a global view of initiatives that invest in women and girls’ access to mental health resources, the strengthening of health systems, issue-specific solutions such as WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), and more. When women thrive, so do their affiliated networks and organizations.
Women’s participation in the workforce is ever-changing. On one hand, women are switching jobs at the highest rates of all time, according to McKinsey. On another hand, many women still experience external, non-career factors that affect their workforce participation. These facts exist in the context of women holding only 41 of the Fortune-500 CEO positions in 2021, according to Fortune (though in 2000, only two women were Fortune-500 CEOs). This panel explores the relationship between women and their workplaces during these changing times.
In a world where women comprise 49.7% of the population, only 34% of businesses worldwide are woman-owned, according to World Bank Gender Data. Despite a promising recent surge in women-led startups, entrepreneurial barriers for women often include lack of access to capital, pandemic-incited availability of fewer working hours compared to men, and more. However, partnerships can help chart a course to overcome such barriers. This panel spotlights the power of partnerships in supporting women’s and girls’ entrepreneurial endeavors.
Partnerships are essential in creating networks that help support and empower women, girls, and communities. Counterpart International, with support from ExxonMobil, has provided a training program to develop women’s management potential across the world. The Global Women in Management (GWIM) program has been empowering women for over ten years, by providing training and skills development that ultimately provides a ripple effect into the most remote communities. Most recently, ExxonMobil and Counterpart provided a special GWIM training program for Ukrainian refugees in Romania, leveraging their experience to assist some of Europe’s most vulnerable women today.