Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland

What is the Conference Purpose?

“To promote and deepen the growth and impact of women’s leadership as a positive force for change for the benefit of all”

What are the benefits of attending?

Develop your leadership skills and advance your business acumen

Bring current themes in women’s leadership to the forefront of your
business or organisation

Learn best practices from other sectors of activity to apply in your context

Succeed as a strong role model for other women

Meet and exchange with like-minded people and expand your network

Who Should Attend?

Leaders and Aspiring Leaders

Company Directors and Partners

Key Department Heads


Senior Leads in HR and Talent Management

Diversity and Inclusion Specialists

Professors and Subject Experts

What Will You Learn?

How women in leadership positions are uniquely placed to be catalysts for change and act on global challenges

How to better manage gender roles and parity at the intersection of work and family

How to influence change in the workplace and promote more inclusive professional environments

How to nurture a culture of diversity

Get ideas, inspiration and guidance on how to be more confident and assertive in the professional domain

How to mentor others and develop talent

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.

Prof. Cassandre Burgess (Co-Chair)

Cassandre Burgess is a Professor at Geneva Business School (GBS), the Business Development Manager at MyPhilosophy SA (“MyPhy”) as well as mother to 3 dynamic boys. Originally from South Africa, she has extensive experience in the mining industry (De Beers) and in finance. She is active in multiple associations and community groups in the Geneva region.


Diane Shoemaker (Keynote speaker)

Former Senior Director, Eisenhower Fellowships

Diane has selected and mentored women leaders from around the world for over 30 years, under the auspices of Henry Kissinger, George H.W. Bush and General Colin Powell.

Sonja Klopčič

Former Board Chair / CEO & Acclaimed Author

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.

Jessica Weiss

Co-Founder / Publisher -TRIX magazine, Google Leadership Strategist

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.


International Singer/Song-Writer & Founder of Catalyse, Geneva (towards happy creativity)

With 9 albums to her name, Noga is dedicating her life to using the power of voice to inspire and empower others to find theirs.

Ludivine Nornberg

CEO Representative Office Israel, Pictet & CIE

An experienced career banker, Ludivine’s current senior role includes managing a country office and mentoring up-and-coming talent.

Sumaira Khan

Development Professional and 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.

Zeina Abdo

Founder of Smile for Hope

A leader passionate about Humanity, with a unique combination of expertise in global strategy & philanthropy. Dedicated to seeing the SDGs become a corporate must have.

Christèle Hiss Holliger

Global Head HR, Pictet Wealth Management & 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.

Farzana Yaqoob

Founder/CEO, Center for Asian African Studies & Former Minister

Yaqoob is a former Minister of Social Welfare and Women Development, Azad Jammu Kashmir. Yaqoob is the founding member and Chief Executive of Center for Asian African Studies.

Atalanti Hadjipateras Moquette

Founder, Giving Women

Atalanti has three passions: education, philanthropy and art. She founded Giving Women 10 years ago creating a community of women philanthropists who strengthen grassroots projects directed to improve the lives of women and girls globally.

More speakers to be announced shortly

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