Forbes Women’s Summit 2024: A Journey of Inspiration and Networking

Networking • November 6, 2023

The Forbes DA Women’s Summit 2024 was an event like no other, and I am thrilled to have been a part of it. This remarkable experience left a lasting impact on me, and I want to share my insights and takeaways from this extraordinary event.

A Captivating Start: 

The summit began with an unexpected and captivating performance by a talented opera singer from Opernhaus Zürich. This enchanting start set the tone for what was to be an inspiring and memorable event.

Engaging with Outstanding Speakers

One of the privileges of attending this summit was the opportunity to engage with some truly outstanding speakers. They covered a wide range of topics and left a lasting impression. Here are a few of the remarkable individuals who shared their insights:

  • Nora Wilhelm, Systemic innovator & entrepreneur, International speaker & consultant, UNESCO Young Leader, Forbes 30 under 30, Dalai Lama Fellow
  • Vanessa Gentile, Head of Marketing @ Salesforce Switzerland, Founder, Bring Women Back to Work NGO, CMO Council Member, Top 10 LiT Eco Awardee, Tech Diversity Advocate
  • Anna Cajot, Director at Schranner Negotiation Institute
  • Bettina Schaller, Global World of Work Executive, President of World Employment Confederation, SVP Head Group Public Affairs at The Adecco Group, Labour Market Expert and Thought Leader
  • Tünde Lukacs, Regional Director, COO, Innovation Leader
  • Marcel Dévény,  Negotiation Expert, Negotiation Trainer and Executive Business Coach

These speakers, along with many others, shared their wisdom, experiences, and expertise, making the summit a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration.

The Power of Networking and Connection

One of the highlights of the summit was the networking breaks, where I had the opportunity to connect with over 200 participants. These moments allowed for meaningful and personal connections, which are often the foundation of professional growth and success. I would like to express my special thanks to Tuula Hirvelä, who I had the pleasure of meeting right from the start, and many others, including Eleanna Tsertou, Claudia Martello, Vivien Untaru, and more.

Key Takeaways from Forbes DA Women’s Summit 2024

From the numerous discussions and presentations at the summit, I distilled three key takeaways that I believe are valuable for personal and professional growth:

1. The Power of Combining Technology with the Human Aspect

One of the panels that deeply resonated with me was the discussion on the power of combining technology with the human aspect. It emphasized that technology should complement and elevate human interactions. In a world driven by innovation and automation, it’s essential to remember that people want to be helped by people. The human touch remains irreplaceable in many aspects of our lives.

2. Networking and Relationship Building are Key

The summit underscored the importance of cultivating and nurturing relationships. Networking is not just a buzzword; it is the key to unlocking new opportunities and enriching our professional journeys. Building a strong network can lead to collaborations, mentorship, and support that can significantly impact our careers.

3. Eye-Opening Statistics

One of the most eye-opening moments at the summit was the revelation that “1 out of 7 women lose their jobs during pregnancy or upon return.” This statistic is a stark reminder of the challenges that women still face in the workplace. It emphasizes the urgency of addressing these issues collectively and creating more inclusive and supportive work environments.

A Heartwarming Reunion: IMD Alumni

It was heartwarming to see a strong presence of fellow IMD alumni at the event. Reconnecting with alumni is always a delight, and it reinforces the sense of belonging and community that organizations like IMD foster.

A Word of Thanks

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the event organizers, Klaus Fiala,  Sophie Schimansky, and Olivia Kinghorst, for putting together an event that was both thought-provoking and inspiring. I am eagerly anticipating more opportunities to learn, connect, and grow in the future.

The Forbes DA Women’s Summit 2024 was a transformative experience that reminded us of the power of collaboration, networking, and the human touch in the professional world. It was an event that will continue to inspire and drive positive change in the business world and beyond.

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