Women and Leadership: A Panel Discussion on the Imperative to Support Women Now

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On Demand

Duration: 1 hour

About the Webinar

In this session, we facilitate a discussion on women and leadership with prominent voices from Lean In and the Aga Khan Foundation, who discuss the imperative for organizations to support women leaders, especially now, to combat the disproportionate effect the global pandemic has had on women across the globe. Our expert panel also discusses how supporting women and leadership not only advances diversity and inclusion, but also creates a competitive advantage with significant business impact.

Join us as we dive into our own research and data from Lean In and other organizations to underscore the need to advance allyship, mentorship, and sponsorship to continue to elevate women and leadership to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the future. We’ll discuss the best practices for women’s leadership development, noting the wide variance and nuance of cultural considerations around the world, and how a flexible approach to elevating women and leadership development can help to retain more talent and drive change, both globally and within regional contexts.

What You’ll Learn 

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What recent research suggests about women and leadership, and why supporting women right now is an imperative for organizations looking to retain talent
  • Ways that allyship, mentoring, and sponsoring of women leaders can look different at organizations around the world
  • How all-women leadership development programs differ from all-gender programs, and why context matters

Support women and leadership opportunities for them with our customized women’s leadership development solutions. Or, partner with us to create an organizational culture where all your talent can thrive with our equity, diversity & inclusion practice.

About the Presenters

Vicky Grobler

Vicky Grobler
Client Advisory Director, NGO, IGO, Foundations
Center for Creative Leadership

Vicky has been with CCL since 2008. She currently leads CCL’s work in Europe NGOs, IGOs and foundations focusing on supporting clients with learning and development, organizational development, and talent management strategies. In her role, she provides client advisory support, design, and facilitation of leadership solutions for clients worldwide. This also includes monitoring and evaluation as well as serving as principal investigator and program director for clients when required. Before joining CCL, she was employed by one of the major banks in South Africa holding various high-level management positions. In France, she managed a Learning and Development Academy being responsible for 3 locations and worked as a Substitute Lecturer at a university in Lyon. She has also provided on a voluntary basis leadership and support working with NGOs, nonprofit organizations, and charities to strengthen their leadership and organizational processes. 

Staci Frost
Global Director, Organisational Effectiveness
Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva

Staci has been with AKF since 2010. She currently leads the Foundation’s work on Organizational Effectiveness, driving the development, promotion and implementation of organizational systems and processes to boost performance and effectiveness, setting related metrics and tracking mechanisms for strategic decision making. She provides leadership and support for improving work processes and culture as prioritized by the organization, specifically around the area of gender, diversity, and inclusion. She also strengthens the organization’s processes and systems around resource mobilization, grants management and compliance in line with industry best practice. She has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego.

Emma Macan Roberts

Emma Macan Roberts
Senior Director of Lean In Circles and Company Engagement
Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation

Emma Macan Roberts is the Senior Director of Lean In Circles and Company Programs at LeanIn.Org, part of the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Foundation. In this capacity, Emma oversees Lean In’s global Circles community of more than 60,000 Lean In Circles – small peer groups of women who come together regularly for peer-to-peer mentorship and support – across 190 Countries. Emma is also responsible for the growth and adoption of Lean In’s suite of free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs for companies. Emma’s team support thousands of companies around the world to close the gender leadership gap and build more equal and inclusive workplaces. Prior to joining Lean In, Emma spent her early career in Customer Business Development (Sales) at Procter and Gamble and Coty in the UK, after graduating from the London School of Economics. Born and raised in the UK, Emma moved to San Francisco with her husband in 2019.


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