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Conference Purpose

“To promote and accelerate the impact of women’s leadership as a positive force for change”

The increased complexity of issues we all face means that now, more than ever, we need a forum for dynamic, trail-blazing women leaders to share their experiences and learnings to help us successfully overcome the challenges of our time within our organisations and communities.

What were the benefits of attending?

Enhancing your role as a leader

Bringing current themes in women’s leadership to the forefront of your organisation

Further developing your leadership skills and advance your business acumen

Succeeding as a strong role model for other women

Meeting like-minded leaders from different sectors

Growing your network and make valuable contacts

Who attended?

Leaders and Aspiring Leaders

Company Directors and Partners

Key Department Heads

Business Owners

Senior Leads in HR and Talent Management

Diversity and Inclusion Specialists

Professors and Subject Experts

What were some of the objectives?

Strategies to lead in periods of great uncertainty

Inspiring stories of how to overcome major barriers in your career

How to build confidence and inner strength

How to develop strategies for coping with obstacles at work

How to be a more resilient and assertive leader

Practical guidance  on how to better organise yourself in work and life

How to get the most out of networking

Conference Organisers

Dr. Susan Baragwanath (Co-Chair)

Susan Baragwanath is an authority in Women’s Leadership. She has had extensive international experience in education and criminal justice and has mentored dozens of women from all walks of life. She has recently organized two international strategic programs for Women’s Leadership in London, chaired international search committees for outstanding women leaders, and is a Distinguished Eisenhower Fellow. In 2005, she received the highest academic award in the Humanities, Doctor of Letters, for education reform of school age mothers in New Zealand.

Cassandre Burgess (Co-Chair)

Cassandre Burgess is Head of Operations and Finance of MyPhy, She is also a public speaking coach and workshop facilitator. She regularly teaches classes including Project Management and Leadership for Bachelor and Master’s students. Originally from South Africa, she has extensive experience in the mining industry and in finance, having worked with key players in both sectors. With a passion for developing leadership in young people and empowering them to reach their potential, Cassandre is active in multiple associations and community groups in the Geneva region.


Christine Batruch

Sustainability Advisor to the Lundin Group

Christine, a citizen of Canada and Switzerland, is a historian and lawyer by education. Based in Geneva, she has worked in the academic, business, and non-profit sectors.

Jess Weiss

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist at Google / Founder of Trix Media

Jess is a full-time strategist on Google’s Executive Leadership Development team and the Publisher of Trix, a magazine for women who define success on their terms.

Sonja Klopčič

Innovator in Leadership and Founder of the Community of AEIOU Leaders

Author of 3 books on leadership, former Board Chair and CEO of prominent Slovenia companies, Sonja consults and mentors in conscious leadership around the world.

Christèle Hiss Holliger

Global Head HR, Pictet Group Equity Partner of the Pictet Group

Christèle is Global Head HR and a Member of the Executive Board at Pictet Wealth Management. She is also a co-founder and an active member of Pictet Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Board.

Sumaira Khan

Development Professional & CEO, GAIA

Leading a company that is committed to replacing single-use polyethylene packaging with a product that is made of reusable and recyclable polypropylene.

Anne Hornung-Soukup

Chair of the Board of Transports Publics Genevois (tpg)

Anne worked for 16 years in portfolio management at a Geneva private bank, then in 1999 she set up her own firm with a partner. After 11 years running the firm, she joined a larger portfolio management firm as a Partner until her retirement from finance end 2017.

Nicole Curti

Partner & Group COO, Stanhope Capital

Nicole is Partner, Head of Stanhope Capital Switzerland, Chief Operating Officer of the Group and a member of its Executive Committee. Nicole launched Stanhope Capital in Switzerland 2008 after ten years with Lombard Odier in Geneva, Zurich, Lugano, London and Amsterdam.

Elise Buckle

President and Co-Founder of Climate & Sustainability

Elise has been working in the field of climate and sustainability for over 20 years. She is Co-Founder of SHE Changes Climate, CEO of Climate & Sustainability and Board Member of the Climate Action Accelerator.

Isabel Guggisberg

Chief Operating Officer, Atlantic Financial Group

Isabel co-founded Atlantic Financial Group in late 2014 and as Group Chief Operating Officer she supervises today the Group’s operations, finances, infrastructure, and human resources.

Justine Markovitz

Chairperson of Withersworldwide

Justine is Global Chairperson of Withers LLP. Withers is a global law firm with 18 offices and staff of over 1,100

Beatrice Houghton

Senior Learning and Development Manager / Pictet & Cie

Beatrice joined Pictet in 2018 and is a Senior Learning & Development Manager for the Pictet Group, within the Pictet Academy.

Marie Manin-D’Haegeleer

Founder of GROWings & Senior HR Partner @ Procardes Switzerland

Marie started her career as an Employment Lawyer in Paris before pursuing her professional growth in Human Resources in the US, Europe and Africa.

Mireille Perrin

Global Programme Manager Good Energies Foundation

Mireille joined Good Energies Foundation to head its forests and land use programme in 2016 after several years spent in Sri Lanka working on water and agricultural issues as Business Development Director for the International Water Management Institute.

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