Originally posted on May 12, 2013
Some of the most influential women in world discussed how to close gender-gaps at the highest levels of economic decision-making at the 2013 World Economic Forum.
The panelists include:
- Lubna Alolayan, Deputy Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Olayan Financing Company
- Drew Gilpin Faust, President, Harvard University
- Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF); World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member
- Viviane Reding, Vice-President and Commissioner, Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
- Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, Facebook; Young Global Leader Alumnus
- Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Heidrick & Struggles
Key points for Saudi women:
- It makes economic sense to improve the situation of women in regards to health, education, and employment.
- Why applying a quota for employing women is sometimes necessary.
- The importance of female role-models and examples of female leadership.
- The role of major Arab companies in aiding women to develop their professional skills. They need to hire, promote, and mentor women until they have the right qualifications.
- There needs to be a focus from the CEO's, boards, and chairmen of companies to put pressure on the middle-management and be responsible for ensuring that women are being hired and promoted.
- Women should not be distracted by things that will take away from what they are trying to accomplish.