Exclusive Whitepaper Out now – The Biggest Trends in our Digitalized World

We are delighted to keep you informed with the trends that can inspire and help you lead your company in the right direction. Therefore, we created an exclusive and free whitepaper for our Global Female Leaders community: The Greatest Trends in our Digitalized World.

How to Implement Technology Trends in 2020 – Interview with Vuyiswa M’Cwabeni

We all know some technological trends that promise to simplify our companies’ processes. There are several tools on the rise, but Vuyiswa M’Cwabeni highlighted five of them we should focus on if we strive for success.

Opportunities Through Working Women – Interview with Simona Scarpaleggia

We are glad that Simona Scarpaleggia spoke at the Global Female Leaders summit this year. Of course, we took advantage of this opportunity for a short interview regarding the still existing gender leadership gap. This article gives a summary of that interview.

The Gig Economy – Interview with Laura Esnaola

The Gig Economy is on the rise – and it is moving faster and becoming more powerful than we all thought it ever would. You are not sure what this concept even implies and how it would influence your business? Laura Esnaola gives you a short introductory course.

Unlocking the Power of People – Interview with Dr. Parul Pandey

We are happy that Dr. Parul Pandey visited the Global Female Leaders summit 2019. We have been curious regarding the impact of technology on the working force. And who would be a better interview partner for this topic than the Vice President for Talent and Engagement of a fast moving-forward company like DIAGEO India?

Global Female Leaders Summit Review 2019 Is Now Available

If you did not make it to this year's summit, don't worry – the official and complete review for the Global Female Leaders summit 2019 is now available for download!

How environmental problems create diseases – interview with Dr. Nicole de Paula

Our human health is already restricted by environmental problems. At the Global Female Leaders summit 2019 we talked about planetary health with the CEO of GHAI, Dr. Nicole de Paula. Whatch the video now!

The importance of cyber security in the digitalized world

Cybercrime is undoubtedly the biggest threat in our hyper connected and digitalized environment. A study shows that companies are more vulnerable than they think. Learn more about this hot topic!

A Marketing Director’s Review of the Global Female Leaders summit 2019

Jac Phillips attended the Global Female Leaders summit 2019. She was delighted and fascinated by the quality of the summit and the wide array of topics and discussions it offered and eagerly shared her views and insights on some topics she could personally relate to.

Dr. Amy Jadesimi – The Mother of Nigeria’s Growing Economy

Amy Jadesimi's vision for Nigeria’s future is big: She aims to develop the private economic sector so that it becomes as big as the public sector. We discussed this topic with her at the Global Female Leaders summit. This article gives a short overview of our talk!

Cecilia Malmström – The EU Commissioner for Trade gives short insight in an exclusive Interview

From BREXIT to the future of WTO – Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade enlightens the current situation and explains what she expects. The following article gives short insight in the exclusive interview!

Emily Penn’s Movement to Save the Oceans

Emily Penn raises awareness for the current environmental issues, especially with the plastic problem. At the Global Female Leaders Summit, we had the chance to meet her and get to know her engaging personality - we would like to share it with you.

Equality can only be achieved together with men

Katarzyna Mol-Wolf is convinced that we can only achieve equality together with men. That is why promoting equality between men and women includes making the right men accomplices. Read more about this fascinating topic!

How Social Media is Shaping the Way we Work

How to use Social Media for Business? And what kind of guidelines are needed? In this article, Stefanie Babka, Global Head of Employee Content and Media at Merck in Germany, presents the main topics discussed during the correspondent Think Thank at Global Female Leaders 2019 in Berlin.

From an Innovation Junkie to a successful Innovative Company

Consumer’s needs, desires and expectations are changing faster today than at any time in history. Monika Schulze, Head of Customer & Digital Experience at Zurich Insurance Company Ltd, gives seven thoughts about sucessful innovation.

Leadership Evolution – From Powerplay to Collaboration

Workforce is diverse, multi-generational, eager to develop and firm in ensuring they follow a purpose and do not sacrifice their personal striving for fulfilment. Would it not be surprising if leadership would not have to define itself afresh?

More than 60 people who inspired us – a big thank you to all our speakers

Our 2019 summit is already over. It has been a pleasure to be the host of this great event with so many powerful, strong and impressing people! Also a big thank to all of our speakers. We are looking forward to see you again at the Global Female Leaders summit in 2020!

Festive Gala Dinner with great peers and delicious food and drinks

Take a look at some impressions of our fantastic Gala Dinner at the Global Female Leaders 2019. It has been a great evening with nice discussions and great people!

A great evening at the China Club Berlin!

We made sure to capture some impressions from our Welcome Reception in pictures that we now published on our website. We hope you like them!

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen’s cinemas in the sand

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen is CEO at one of the most innovative cinemas in the world: Novo Cinemas. How did Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen come to that position? Why did she lead her company in especially this direction of making a whole experience out of the cinema visit? If you are interested in the answers, you need to read this article.

Welcome to GFL2019 in Berlin!

The preparations for this year’s summit are completed and this afternoon our 6th summit for female executives starts. Have a look at today´s highlights!

Why the Humanities are Essential for Designing the Best Possible Technological Future

It may seem obvious that the creation, assessment and regulation of new technologies demand open-minded approaches and the expertise that comes with the thorough study of subjects like philosophy or history - but this is often neglected. Here are three reasons why this should change.

More Than Noise: 5 Tech Trends to Watch in 2019 and Beyond!

We are now entering an era where technology is built into every single interaction, forcing companies to look for the next competitive edge to meet rising expectations. Here are five technology trends that will help business steer through this next phase of innovation.

How Style, Tone and Attitude Influences Leadership

For years, powerful female politicians and executives that wielded power in what was historically a man’s world dressed as a man, but brighter. Female leaders nowadays – thank goodness – are facing different times, but style, tone, and attitude are still of huge public interest.

Empathy – Keeping the End User in Mind is key to improve Quality of Life

Are businesses, governments and city agencies using the insights provided by data to put citizens at the heart of decision making? Design thinking is an approach tech companies have been using for years. At its core, it’s about empathy – seeing the world through the eyes of the end user. Its potential to benefit citizens, business and the environment should not be underestimated.

Reimagining the Supply Chain

What if the supply chain, from every corner and process, is organized around the customer's experience? Hala Zeine shares her thoughts with us about the advantages of a customer centric supply chain!

And the winners are … For Women in Science award ceremony

In 1998 L'Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science programme to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science. The Global Female Leaders summit will proudly host the German award for the second time, during which three young fellows will be honored.

Hochkaräter – Exclusive Insights of the women’s networking event

In March once again Linklaters brought selected clients and lawyers together at its women's networking event "Hochkaräter". Read more about the key learnings!

Bloom or Doom: The Era of Intelligent Technologies

There are many examples which demonstrate the immense breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence and the growing adoption of its applications. Monika Niederhoff gives an overview on the key trends in using intelligent technologies and the impact on business and society and raises the question of how we can shape the era of intelligent technologies.

Why digital ethics will be a hot topic in 2019 and beyond

With advanced technology comes big power. Therefore, we need to think about digital ethics better sooner than later. This article outlines what digital ethics is about and why we need to discuss it as private persons, companies and governments.

Gender Equality – Why we Should not Favour one Gender over Another

Let's have a closer look at gender equality in companies like the Financial Times or Bloomberg Media Group! In this article, we would like to focus on why it is so important to have a fair balance between men and women especially in business.

Female Leaders: We Need You!

If the Financial Times were a person, what would they look like? The reality might surprise you as the FT is much more than a publication for male finance professionals. The FT is offering all friends of Global Female Leaders a free three month guest pass to ft.com. The pass gives unlimited access to digital articles, columns and features and so much more.

Clare Jones: 3 Words to Change the World of Addressing

Have you heard about those three words that can tell exactly where you are – without using any address or coordinates? Clare Jones decided to revolutionize the whole navigation industry - but why? And how did she come to her leading position? If you are curious about the answers, read this article!

Insights into leadership challenges: What are the essentials for being a good leader?

What is really essential for being not only a leader but a pathbreaking leader in times of digitalization? Susan Uthayakumar answers to this question and points out, that she has learned two lessons that really stand out throughout her career. Be curious about it and find out more about the leadership challenges!

Consumer Psychology: Getting inside of your Customer’s Minds

In the age of digitalization, marketers need to thoroughly study the psychology of online consumers as well as offline consumers. So if you are interested in the current practices and future developments of consumer psychology, you need to read this article.

Leading in the New Disrupted World of Work

How do digitalization, agility and flexibility have an influence on leadership roles, motivation and performances? Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt is an internationally experienced senior executive and delivers insights into the challenges of leading in today’s new disrupted world of work.

Second Global Female Leaders Outlook (GFLO): Your Voice Matters!

In cooperation, the Global Female Leaders with KPMG International and KPMG in Germany have decided to conduct the Second Global Female Leaders Outlook (GFLO) in order to prioritise the views of female leaders. Be part of this study!

Stay fearless and be confident with yourself!

At the end of January, SAP and the Global Female Leaders convened the first Networking Event to connect women leaders from across industries, to start a dialogue, exchange ideas, challenge the status quo, and define the future of the digital economy. Find out more about the key learnings!

Innovation at ABB: Tanja Vainio delivers insights into the engineering industry

In this interview, Tanja Vainio, CEO at ABB Czech Republic and Slovakia, describes her different leadership roles in the last decades and talks about the next big things to watch as far as digitalization is concerned.

Why diversity in the workplace is critical for business success

Diversity in the workplace matters and has many bottom lines benefits. We would like to give four concrete examples where and why diversity is significant to business success.

Africa – Nurturing an explosion of new sustainable businesses

Sustainable Economic Zones, such as LADOL, are the solutions to unlock the full potential of Africa. Dr Amy Jadesimi delivers insights into the major opportunities that are given to Africa thanks to LADOL’s daily business and shows how the world can benefit from Africa’s sustainable economic growth.

10 Secrets of Successful Female Entrepreneurs

Do you call yourself a female entrepreneur? Do you have the determination to create a business and conquer the world? Here are 10 secrets of successful female entrepreneurs that hopefully inspire and motivate you to start and grow your business today!

Robots Replacing Humans – These 6 Industries Started Already

Research has shown that robots are now taking over jobs in several industries. We had a closer look at 6 industries that have already started wiping out some human jobs. In this article, you will get insights into pioneering companies which employ robots in everyday business.

Rise of the Robots? 4 Reasons why Human Experience will be Central to Business Success

The rise of the robots and Artificial Intelligence is becoming more and more popular in the world of work. Nevertheless, there are several reasons why human experience will remain as key factor for business success. This article will discuss four of them.

5 Digital Trends that will drive your Business Success in 2020 and beyond

Digital trends are perceived as key factors for future success. To ensure you are aware of the promising opportunities, here are the five digital trends that will drive your business success in 2020 and beyond.

3 Digital Training Methods Vital for the Future of your Business

If you want your company to remain competitive in the future, you also need to implement digitalization in the fields of training and education. Here are 3 digital training methods vital for the future of your business.

Improvements in Education are Vital for the Future – an Interview with Microsoft Leader

What are the skills students will need in the future? And how can students develop these skills of tomorrow? Barbara Holzapfel from Microsoft Education Marketing in the USA explains which tools students will need and how improvements in education are changing their journey.

Podcast: Deal or No-Deal? Karina Robinson talks about the current Brexit Debate in the UK

What is happening in the UK? What do we have to expect? And what are the biggest issues for the UK with this deal? Listen to the interview with Karina Robinson who shared her thoughts with us on the current Brexit debate and the near future for both UK and EU!

Managing Millennials – The Need for Company Transformation

How can we attract, recruit and retain young and talented Millennials? In fact, Millennials’ expectations differ enormously from Generation X and Baby Boomers. Here are five steps that can help to transform your company into becoming an attractive employer.

Cecilia Malmström: How international trade unites the world

This article introduces the strong woman behind the European Commissioner for Trade function and verifies that the world of international trade is more than just negotiating about import and export conditions.

Pairing Women and Champagne: Blending Business and Passion

Cynthia Coutu tells an emotional story of losing her job and starting something new that makes her heart sing again. Read more about blending business and the importance of passion!

Lauren Simmons: The Power of Being the Only Woman in the Room

How does it feel like to be the only woman in the room every single day? Would you fail or prevail? Lauren Simmons is the youngest female full-time stockbroker at the New York Stock Exchange. Her incredible story is what makes her so inspiring for millions of women.

Why hyperloops will change the world

In this article, we will explain what hyperloops are and why they are the future of transportation. In addition, we will introduce one of the female heads behind the technology development: Dr. Anita Sengupta.

America’s Youth Explosion

It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance its allotted length. In this article, Ellen Zentner focusses on the impact of America’s new generations.

Planetary Health: Investing in a Safer World

In this article, Nicole de Paula, CEO at the Global Health Asia Institute, summarizes the major impacts of our unrelenting material growth and consumption on planetary health. She points out the urgency of a new thinking in order to develop innovative solutions to preserve human and planetary health.

Whitepaper 2018: How to Engage Companies to Focus on Sustainability

Climate and energy challenges, responsible finance and future of mobility were highly discussed themes at the Global Female Leaders 2018. Read more in our whitepaper!

Whitepaper 2018: A Brave New World?

The world new order, transformational technologies and ethics were the first two core pillars which have been addressed at the Global Female Leaders 2018. How can you navigate yourself? Download the first part of the Whitepaper here.

Empower Women around the World

Fiza Farhan, Clean Tech Entrepreneur and Member at UN HLP on Women Economic Empowerment in Pakistan analysis the empowerment of women around the world. Which methods does Pakistan have to fight the gender gap? Read more about the developments in Pakistan compared to other countries.

How to inspire 300 successful business women – a review

The 5th annual Global Female Leaders summit was a great success with overwhelmingly fantastic and encouraging feedback and a lot of positive buzz. Spanning two and a half days, our exclusive platform provided yet again a truly global networking opportunity.

The digital age – The women’s era

There is a strong economic imperative for including women in every part of business and the first ever Global Female Leaders Outlook (GFLO) shows that women are well prepared for the challenge.

One fearless girl and 300 successful women – Why Global Female Leaders Summit is the “female Davos”

The 5th International Economic Forum for Female Executives took place from 3rd to 5th June, 2018 in Berlin. In specialist circles, this event has become known as the “female Davos” with 300 representatives from economics, science and politics holding discussions on topics about the future and world economy.

A few impressions from our Gala Dinner

Take a look at a few impressions of our fantastic Gala Dinner at the Global Female Leaders 2018. It has been a great evening with nice discussions and great people!

Impressions from our welcome reception at the China Club

We made sure to capture some impressions from last evening in pictures that we now published on our website. We hope you like them!

Welcome to Berlin!

The preparations for this year’s summit are completed and this afternoon our 5th summit for female executives starts. Have a look at the highlights!

Print your own Fashion: The Future of 3D-Printing

Two years ago Danit Peleg held a great presentation at the Global Female Leaders 2016. We had the honor to meet her again and to ask her about the developments in 3D-printing. How has the fashion industry and the technology changed?

Explorers and Settlers: Perspectives and Inspirations from Outer Space

The newest missions to space are going beyond the International Space Station (ISS) to the Moon and the Mars. Speaker Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta talks about new players in the space industry and it’s inspiring future path.

How Digital Innovation is Driving Economic Impact in Today’s World

The world is changing, politically and socially. New structures are replacing old institutions, and the global economy is changing rapidly as well. Every country is searching for the “best way forward” as digitalisation dramatically accelerates business growth worldwide. What is the impact on the global economy?

How Digital Transformation Can Improve Economy and Society: Customer Perspectives on Digital Transformation

Digital technologies are key to solve complex problems. Our experts Elke Manjet and Eva Zauke are describing the way when companies go digital. How can technologies and examples of SAP help to push digital transformation?

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellows 2018

The Global Female Leaders 2018 is very proud to announce the presentation of the German For Women in Science Award. Three scholarships of 20,000 Euro are granted during our summit in June. The women are honored for their major scientific contribution in the fields of medicine, paleontology, molecular biology, ecology and developmental biology.

Research: Future of Work and its New Leadership DNA

The collaboration of empolyees and machines will affect the success of your business in future. Our partner Accenture provided us with a checklist to create a future workforce between humans and intelligent machines to improve productivity, innovation and growth. Are you ready to take advantage of this opportunity in 2018?

Sustainable Tourism: How can we change Tourism Behaviour?

Travelling around the world can enrich your life. But did you ever questioned the impact of your travels? Marianne Gybels working at Booking.com tells us more about sustainable tourism within her project Booking Cares.

Exclusive Interview: Reflections on Diversity, Parity and Equality

In this interview our expert Martina Macpherson analyses the challenges of gender diversity focusing on the sustainable finance industry. She informs about developments in the past and key equality issues like the gender gap.

Smart Contracts – and Why They Matter

Decentralised storage and authentication of contracts using blockchain technology has greatly increased the potential of Smart Contracts in recent years. Our experts Frederik De Breuck and Elenice Macedo answer the questions about the definition of Smart Contracts and how they work in practice.

Women To Power A Better World

The workplace IKEA in home solar shows that diverse teams are more successful and create a positive energy. Alejandro Castro Pérez talks about his personal experiences with women in leadership positions during his career path.

The Fearless Girl: A look back at where it all started

Today on the International Women’s Day 2018 it is one year ago since State Street Global Advisors installed the statue of a Fearless Girl opposite the Charging Bull of Wall Street. What happened with the Fearless Girl and what impact has it had on raising awareness?

Global Female Leaders Outlook (GFLO): We want your VOICE!

In cooperation, the Global Female Leaders with KPMG International and KPMG in Germany have decided to conduct the study Global Female Leaders Outlook (GFLO) in order to prioritise - for the first time on a global basis - the views of female leaders. Be part of this study!

Speaker Stories: A Career Path in Clinical Research

In the interview with Florencia Velasco on her personal experiences und feelings during her career path, we also discussed about different steps and decisions of the role as a female leader.

Impressions from the Global Female Leaders Networking Events

We are delighted to announce that two networking events will take place this year before the Global Female Leaders summit starts on June 3rd, 2018 at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Germany. The events will take place in Boston and London.

Combining Machine Learning and Psychology in the Medicine Industry

Medical decision-making especially in emergency situations is not easy. Tools like machine learning or the decision tree can help to evaluate the opportunities. Read the interview with Dr Mirjam Jenny to learn more about the digitalisation process in the medicine industry.

Women Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

It is a great challenge to work as a women entrepreneur in the Middle East. Over the past years, efforts from the government and the business sector have improved the status of women in business but there is still a long way to go. What is your opinion about the gender equality in the Middle East?

Speaker Stories: Bring all Under One Roof as a Female Entrepreneur

Speaker Claudine Blamey talked to us about her career journey and her private life. On the one hand she is a female entrepreneur and ready to cross borders and on the other hand she is a mother. How is all this kept under control?

Augmented Reality in Classroom

Innovative technologies like Augmented Reality changes the way we learn in future. We talked about Augmented Reality in education with Darya Yegorina who is the CEO of CleverBooks. What is Augmented Reality and how is Augmented Reality changing the landscape of education and teaching methods?

China’s road to a greener future – Part 2

China is top carbon polluter. 12 highlights will reflect the year 2017 in regards to sustainable development. Can China go green?

China’s road to a greener future – Part 1

China is top carbon polluter. 12 highlights will reflect the year 2017 in regards to sustainable development. Can China go green?

Futureproofing Your Workplace Needs Great Leadership

“Companies that lack proactive digital strategies and leadership will struggle to survive.” These were the words Dr Melinda Crane used to introduce Dr Linda Sharkey, who showed us how to futureproof our workplaces at Global Female Leaders 2017. Today we published her talk from GFL17 on our YouTube channel.

GFL17: Download the Official White Paper!

The Global Female Leaders Summit 2017 took place from 7th to 9th May at The Ritz-Carlton in Berlin. Over 250 top-level executives gathered in the German capital in order to discuss five of the most pressing economic and political challenges humanity faces today. Download the White Paper!

How Big Data Changes our Reading Habits

At Global Female Leaders 2017 Ranj Begley showed us how her company uses data in order to better satisfy their customers. She works at Readly UK and her company is known as the "Spotify of Magazines". Today we uploaded video footage of her session to our YouTube channel for you. Enjoy the video!

Do Companies need Guidelines for Dealing with Gen Z?

Leadership means having to deal with teams of employees. These are often very diverse teams consisting of people of different gender, ethnic or cultural background... and different age. And one of the most immediate question many leaders ask themselves is how to deal with a very specific age group.

The Crisis of Globalisation?

Globalisation is a very divisive term. For some it means prosperity, free trade and a free circulation of goods. For others, however, it is connected to international corporations. Learn now about the consequences of the crisis of globalisation.

Opening Silos, or How to Work Together as an Organisation

Silos appear in every organisation. They can be defined as groups of employees that work mostly autonomously. But how can we avoid that departments work alone and disonnected? Learn now about the silo phenomenon and how to support relationships in your organisation.

New Video: The Moving Talk of Samantha Payne on The Future of Bionics

Good news everyone! Today we published the memorable Spotlight Session Samantha Payne presented at Global Female Leaders 2017. You can watch it on YouTube. We hope that you will enjoy the video as much as we did. We all were very moved by her talk and listening to her again still has an extraordinary effect.

Some In-depth Thoughts on Fake News

What is fake news? And why is it such a problem? This question is quite complicated. Read now about the seven types of mis- and disinformation and the phenomenon of fake news from the web and learn some in-depth thoughts about the actual problem with Donald Trump regarding this topic.

New Video! Jacki Kelley on Responsible Leadership in Politics & Media

Today, we want to give you the opportunity to relive an interesting session from this year's summit. Therefore we just published the Exclusive Interview with Jacki Kelley on Responsible Digital Leadership. Jacki spoke roughly with Melinda Crane about the media business in the age of social networks

How Digital Identity will Drive Smart Cities

What's the future of the Smart City? We don't know, and it probably depends on the specific country you are looking at. But we are very keen on finding out, since there is so many innovation happening simultaneously that could influence the future of our urban areas!

More Crucial Future Leadership Skills

Last week, we looked at 3 skills future leaders will need to steer their companies in the right direction. The article mainly revolved around what we call "soft-skills" today, even though they are becoming just as, if not even more important that, say, performing magic tricks with Excel.

3 Skills Future Leaders Will Definitely Need

Last week, we talked about the impact of automation on the labour market. We saw that in the future a lot of jobs will be replaced by robots, algorithms and artificial intelligence. Most industries will be heavily automated in the future and virtually every mundane or repetitive jobs will be replaced.

The Impact of Automation: How Many Jobs Will We Lose?

Consider this: technically, almost every job we know can be done by robots or algorithms. And the machines are even *better* than we are at most of them. Would you have thought these jobs could be automated ten years ago?

A Few Thoughts on How to Deal with Toxic Employees

They have different shticks and strategies, faces and can be male or female. But we all know the, and we just have the most horrible time dealing with them: toxic coworkers. " How do you manage toxic peers? "

New Video: Fujitsu’s Vera Schneevoigt on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence poses many ethical questions for humanity. How do we transition to a society in which we will work side by side with robot colleagues? How do we programme "ethical" code? Where are the limits of AI, that is, if there are any?

A big THANK YOU to all of our yesterday’s speakers. Get ready for our Tuesday highlights!

Good Morning again. We wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of yesterday’s speakers for their amazing insights! In case you were partaking at the Sight Running: Welcome back! Let's get started with our Tuesday highlights!