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DIALOGUE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND GENDER EQUALITY AT ESADE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Many of us already interact with artificial intelligence (AI) in our daily lives and organizations have introduced AI into many work processes, especially recruiting and talent-management functions. But while AI has the potential to make human processes and decisions more efficient and less biased, acting as true equalizer, more and more evidence indicates that humans are programming their own biases, including around gender and race, into the algorithms behind AI. When AI inherits, or even amplifies, the biases of its creators already existing gaps in hiring and promoting women and people of color can widen.

The ESADE Alumni Barcelona International Chapter and the ESADE Women Empowerment Club invited our Director for Spain on March 9th 2020 to offer a brief keynote speech on the current state of play around AI and gender. The keynote was followed by a roundtable with representatives from Amazon, The Collider, HP, AllWomen and the Catalan inter-universitary Council.

PARTNERING WITH THE RSA TO WORK ON THE IMPACT OF THE 4th INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION UPON WOMEN AND GIRLS

Women’s Economy Europe is partnering with the Royal Society of Arts in the UK to spearhead a Europe-wide project on the impact of the fourth Industrial Revolution upon women and girls.

The first event will be an international debate on the potential impact on of Artificial Intelligence on gender equality. It will take place in June 2020 and will be streamed in different countries and institutions.

CONTRIBUTING TO THE UNION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN REGIONAL DIALOGUE 2019

Women’s Economy Europe has been honored to be among the organizations invited by the Union for the Mediterranean to take part in the Regional Dialogue 2019 (Barcelona, May 24th).

We had the chance to contribute to the Roundtable on Regional Economic and Social Challenges for Women and Youth by sharing recommendations to be considered at the June “Summit of the Two Shores”.

FORMING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WITH WOMEN 

Women’s Economy Europe in the UK is forming a social enterprise with women in one of the most economically challenged areas of the UK. It will offer financial awareness and citizens’ rights training to women and girls; financial inclusion consultancy to corporations and government and will also act as an advocacy group for financially inclusive banking and corporate practice.

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY IN FORMENTERA 

Women’s Economy Europe has been invited to celebrate the International Women’s Day 2019 in the beautiful balearic island of Formentera, where the local government and its Espai Dones are developing ground-breaking actions to support women’s personal and professional development.

SUPPORTING HIGH PROFILE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS 

In September 2018 we have been traveling to Vancouver (Canada) to support our stellar women entrepreneur Elena Pignata who has been selected to present her collection Ombradifoglia at the Vancouver Fashion Week.

Elena also had the opportunity to meet potential buyers through B2B meetings which had been organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver.

DRIVING CHANGE TOWARDS DIVERSITY WITHIN COMPANIES

Our Director for Spain has been invited by Fundación Diversidad and Barcelona Activa to the signature of the Diversity Charter in Barcelona on May 30th 2018.

She has been sharing with the attending companies and other invited guests 4 keys to drive change towards diversity and inclusion.

You can find more information as well as the presentation here.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING AT ESADE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Women’s Economy Europe delivered the keynote speech for the special event which ESADE Business School organized in Madrid on occasion of the International Women’s Day 2018: “Increasing Gender Diversity on Boards of Directors”.

Target audience were mainly senior executives and Board Members and Women’s Economy Europe provided latest knowledge and practical advise so to ease the process and obtain more impactful results.

The keynote speech was followed by a Roundtable with Marieta Jiménez, President and General Director of Merck Spain; Abel Linares, CEO of Nunkyworld and Board member at Adveo and Catenon; and María Luisa Jordà, independent Board member at Bimbo, Orange Spain and Merlin Properties.

CELEBRATING IWD WITH THE BRITISH EMBASSY IN MADRID

Our Director for Spain has been taking part in the IWD 2018 celebrations organized by the British Embassy in Madrid.

PARTNERING WITH NATWEST BANK TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL CONFIDENCE COURSES FOR WOMEN 

Women’s Economy Europe is currently implementing a series of Financial Confidence Courses for women in England through the NatWest Bank “Inspiring Enterprise Programme”.

Nine of 10 women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives, yet research shows they continue to suffer from a surprising lack of confidence when it comes to managing money. Women, sadly, are far less inclined to learn about money and investing, and studies show they are less likely to answer financial literacy questions correctly, according to The Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center.

With twice as many men as women start a business in the UK, RBS and NatWest want to change this in order to ease women’s journey towards setting up their own business.

NEW PROJECT OF KITCHEN INCUBATOR IN THE UK 

The Warwickshire County Council has entrusted Women’s Economy Europe to conduct a feasibility study to develop a kitchen incubator for food entrepreneurs in Warwickshire. The kitchen incubator will represent a great opportunity for many people in the region, especially women food entrepreneurs, who struggle with high costs of adequate equipment and proper permits to run their businesses.

WORKSHOP FOR TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL OFFICERS 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. It has more than 352,000 members who improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 16,400 clubs in 141 countries that make up its global network of meeting locations.

Women’s Economy Europe was invited in July 2017 to implement a workshop about values-based leadership to Toastmasters International officers in Barcelona, during a Club Officer Training Event which was attended by incoming Committee members from several Clubs in Barcelona, Valencia and Mallorca.

The workshop’s aim was to help new Club officers to build and foster their Clubs by gaining their members full commitment and by creating an organizational culture all Club members feel identified with while it still takes into account the diversity of its membership basis.

TRAINING WOMEN AT THE VICENTE FERRER FOUNDATION IN INDIA

In May 2017 Women’s Economy Europe had the pleasure to travel to Anantapur, in India, to provide tailored leadership courses to women at the Vicente Ferrer Foundation (named Rural Development Trust in India).

The Foundation is a non-profit which helps to find solutions to the extreme poverty of Anantapur’s rural communities, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, in southern India. Thanks to over 40 years of tireless and constant efforts, the organization has become a deep-rooted part of society, respecting the environment, local culture, and prompting the region’s present-day transformation. The Foundation is especially committed to empower women.

During the stay in Anantapur Women’s Economy Europe worked with two groups of beneficiaries:

  • Young women university graduates who need to enhance their employability
  • Instructors and coordinators of women working at the Foundation’s handicraft workshops

The experience was very enriching, not only for the trained women but also for our Women’s Economy Europe trainer. These Indian women of different ages are real examples of strong and inspirational women!

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC FORUM 2017 IN DELHI

The Women Economic Forum (WEF) is a global conference to foster empowering conversations and connections among women committed to foster constructive change in all walks of life. It is an initiative of ALL Ladies League (ALL), the world’s largest All-inclusive international women’s chamber and a global movement for the Welfare, Wealth, and Wellbeing of ALL by empowering women’s leadership.

Stella Mally, the Director for Spain of Women’s Economy Europe is member of the Advisory Council of the Women Economic Forum and she was invited to participate in the Forum’s 2017 edition “Creating, Innovating, Understanding and Driving the Future”, which took place in Delhi, India, at the end of May 2017. She had the chance to lead a session about social enterprises run by women as change makers and to speak at one of the plenary sessions of the event.

Stella had the honor to receive the award “Iconic women making the world a better place for all” from the hands of Dr. Harbeen Arora, Founder & Global Chairperson of ALL Women’s League.