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BNP Paribas, partner of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2018

The 14th edition of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting is due to be held from 14-16 November 2018 at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Under the theme “Bridging Humanity for Inclusive Progress”, the forum will unite global leaders, both male and female, to debate global social and economic challenges for a more inclusive and dynamic society.

Women’s Forum Global Meeting, contributing to a more inclusive world

An international organisation founded in 2005, the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society organises international meetings, aims to strengthen the representation of women and encourage a greater male-female balance in all of society’s governing bodies. These events have several aims:

  • bringing together leaders from all over the world, female and male, to consider new prospects for major issues;
  • creating a powerful global network in order to strengthen the influence of women throughout the world;
  • drawing up innovative and concrete action plans to encourage the contribution of women to society, and to promote diversity in companies.

The 2018 Women's Forum in figures






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Programme of the 2018 edition

This year, the Women’s Forum Global Meeting will explore the theme “Bridging Humanity for Inclusive Progress”, or how to contribute to a more inclusive world by creating fresh ties in societies. 

The issue is to be addressed in three main parts: 

  • Shifting mindsets

Giving each person the possibility of expressing themselves, sharing and amplifying a message and examining how education can change mentalities towards inclusive progress.

  • Reimagining organisations

From century-old public institutions to first-year start-ups, organisations of all types and sizes face new and interconnected challenges in a rapidly changing world. Are they taking the right decisions to build their trustworthiness and collaborate in the way that this new world demands? This pathway explores how women’s leadership can encourage businesses, government institutions, as well as community-based, legal, spiritual or academic organisations, to keep up with the pace of change, stay fit for purpose and build the bridges we need in a complex world.

  • Putting technology to work

The creators of technologies such as social media networks and artificial intelligence have learnt that they can no longer think of their technologies as ‘neutral’. Technologies can reshape the ways we work, interact, and govern ourselves. With women’s perspectives and experiences in technology at the forefront, this pathway will explore how technologies can shape the futures of work and governance to build inclusive societies.

Women's Forum Global Meeting 2018

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BNP Paribas, at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting

The Group has been partner to the Women’s Forum for four years and since May 2018 has been a member of the Forum’s strategic committee.  Furthermore, BNP Paribas is committed to the male/female parity and women’s entrepreneurship, especially in France with its #ConnectHers programme that helps accompany women in the development of their entrepreneurial projects.

The Group will be present via several sessions and presentations: 

  • Thursday 15 November

    From 15:00 to 15:50

    Laurence Pessez, CSR Director - BNP Paribas will speak during the session: « ‘G’ is for green (and gender) »

    From 15:50 to 16:30

    Caroline Courtin, Head of Diversity & Inclusion - BNP Paribas, will debate during the session: « Future of Work Hub - Bridging the generation gap »

  • Friday 16 November

    From 12:15 to 13:05

    Sofia Merlo, Co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management will assist on the plenary session:  « Reimagining organisations - Increasing margins for the 50%: Gender and financial security »

    From 12:25 to 13:05
    Constance Chalchat, Head of Change Management, BNP Paribas CIB will speak during a session: « Finance Hub, Sustainable Finance - Using finance to drive a more sustainable future »

    From 12:25 to 13:05
    Eugénie de la Fayolle, CIB BNP Paribas, will assist on the session « Social&Civic Engagement hub: Beyond business as usual »

    From 12:25 to 13:05
    Dorothée Julliand, French Retail Banking BNP Paribas will be at the session: « David & Goliath : Entrepreneurship hub »

    From 16:50 to 17:20
    Antoine Sire, Head of Company Engagement - BNP Paribas, will assist on the closing plenary session: « Thinking out of box: can disruption accelerate inclusion? »

Establishing a respectful environment offering equal chances to all employees is an absolute prior condition to all organisations crowned with success. By joining the strategic committee of the Women’s Forum, after confirming our commitment to the “HeForShe” initiative, we would like to continue to contribute to the debate in order to guarantee the best conditions to all women by taking concrete measures to improve equality”, explained Marie-Claire Capobianco, Head of French Retail Banking, and Member of Executive Committee - BNP Paribas.

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