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Engage for impact! Daring to Lead in a Disrupted World

Pascal Beucler
, Fri, 10/13/2017

In the past year, the winds of change have blown over our economies and societies, from politics – populism-threatening democracies - to tech disruptions - automation and artificial intelligence poised to change the nature of work, with societal implications that stretch the imagination.

It is time to question our assumptions and re-engage on the impact we wish to create in the world. This is a critical moment – and an unprecedented opportunity – for leaders, particularly women, to bring fresh perspectives and shape the future of a world in transition.

All organisations need to embrace new ideas to reinvent themselves in the face of this disruption: top priorities are to rebuild trust with citizens, employees, customers and communities.

For this to happen, we urgently need

  • New ideas
  • New ways of working together,  and
  • A renewed recognition of the importance of women’s leadership.

Although the challenges mentioned are human issues, not gender issues, there’s no doubt that gendered perspectives are particularly relevant for their capacity to animate debates, provide fresh points of view and create the conditions for impactful action.

This is the core message that the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society (part of Publicis Groupe) has sent to the world last week during its Global Meeting in Paris, and it’s been strongly asserted!

Engage for impact

With over 2,200 participants from 87 nationalities, 350+ speakers and dozens of organizations and companies involved, it’s been a huge success.

We had organised our agenda around four pillars:

  1. Embracing our humanity: In a disrupted world, it is the people at the heart of institutions and organisations who will ultimately make them fit for the future. This pillar looked at the relationship between organisations and the people they employ and serve, and how businesses and institutions can embrace their humanity to lead through disruption.
  2. Harnessing technology: The impact of technology is not a technical issue - it's a social one. We examined the social and economic implications of game-changing technologies, such as data analytics and artificial intelligence, how to diversify and enrich the environment that gives rise to new technologies, and how to better apply new technological developments to the pursuit of a better world.
  3. Thriving through creativity: Creativity offers value at all scales - from personal fulfilment to world-changing invention. In this pillar, the most successful entrepreneurs, innovators, companies, and organisations shared how they have systematically inspired and catalysed creativity and innovation.
  4. Shaping the future of work: The future of organisations depends on talent: engaging the right talent, with the necessary competencies and skills, and giving them the environment to succeed. This pillar looked at the competencies of the future and how businesses will find them, as well as how workplace environments and cultures engage and support workers to be committed and productive.Women’s Forum panorama


In addition to our main programme, we also offered ‘The Discovery’ – a co-curated space with Women’s Forum Corporate & Institutional partners showing how participants are putting their principles into action. Give women a voice, and the power to lead: the future will be brighter for all.

More insights and key moments on here.

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