“The exceptionally well organised WIL forum supports you on so many levels. The quality and warm tone of the presentations plus the dynamic networking create a synergy of activities that lift you as a person, promote you professionally and inspire you to lean in, look up and give back.”
– Anjum Malik, Co-Founder, Alhambra US Chamber
In 2009, the first Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum broke new ground in the Middle East by gathering and supporting female leaders through an action-oriented platform. Endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Economy for the past three years, the Global WIL Economic Forum has championed the recognition of women as key economic drivers for over a decade. It aims to highlight inspiring stories of successful women and best practices from organisations that are leading the way in this domain.
The 3rd WIL Forum Saudi Arabia brings together up to 250 men and women from across the Kingdom to advance women in leadership and address the challenges that are specific to Saudi Arabia. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, influencers, policy-makers as well as young female professionals will take part in open discussions through talk shows, TED-talk like sessions and hands-on workshops.
Vision 2030 puts a strong emphasis on creating an open and tolerant society. In order to achieve a leading position globally, the Kingdom will capitalise on its human capital – leveraging its female talent, the potential of its youth and encouraging the creation of small and medium enterprises to support economic development and reduce unemployment.
Building on these key pillars, the WIL Forum KSA is designed to facilitate discussion, foster cross-sector partnerships and catalyse positive change. It focuses on sustainability and makes the case for gender diversity as a key pillar of a forward-looking society, while providing organisations with a platform to showcase their achievements and reach out to women, and attendees with actionable tools to further advance their careers.
A Format Design To Make Change Happen
Insightful and Inspiring Keynotes
Listen to and learn from the most successful and renowned thought leaders on diversity and inclusion principles.
Interactive Panel Discussions
Get your questions answered by expert panelists as they share their viewpoints on some of the most pressing diversity and inclusion challenges.
WIL Achievement Awards
A highlight of the forum, the awards ceremony acknowledges individuals and organisations for their impactful support of women’s empowerment.
Gain insight into some of the best diversity and inclusion practices through real-life examples.
Choose from a variety of specialised workshops, each delivering practical knowledge through simulations, group exercises and case studies.
16+ Hours of Business-Focused Networking
Cement and build relationships with cross-sector peers and industry leaders in an environment built to harness the principles of diversity and inclusion.
Have productive learning conversations with delegates from a variety of industries, representing different demographics and age groups. A special session will be dedicated to reverse mentoring, where the ‘grown ups’ will have the opportunity to learn from the youth.
What Others Say:
“Business cannot be successful without diverse thinking styles and approaches to leadership. The Women in Leadership Economic Forum provides an important opportunity to listen and share how to integrate these differences into the everyday processes, projects and values of the organisations in which we work.”
– Walter Hurdle, Global Chief Diversity Officer, AIG
“The WIL Economic Forum is a unique opportunity to find yourself absolutely surrounded by powerful, strong women-the resulting inspiration, knowledge and connections will be life changing.”
– Kristen Pressner, VP/Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Diagnostic Division, Roche
“I was very impressed with the comprehensive agenda and broad mix of highly quality speakers at the WIL Economic Forum. It was time worth spent and another big step forward on the important topic of diversity and inclusion in this part of the world.”
– Assaf AlQuraishi, VP Human Resource, Unilever MENA
“I left the Women in Leadership Economic Forum feeling inspired and energised. While we have certainly come a long way, there is much more work to be done to support and foster equality for women in every segment of our economy. Onwards and upwards!”
– VP of Talent Planning & Inclusion, Pfizer
“Women are increasingly moving into roles as decision-makers and leaders in both private and professional spheres. It is important that they now step up and engage in the change process.”
– Jennifer O’Lear, Head Corporate HR Development & Engagement, and Chief Diversity Officer, Merck
“Gender diversity makes good business sense and everyday women are making positive changes to workplace culture by driving service excellence and enabling a balanced economic growth.”
– Nathalie Amiel-Ferrault, VP, EMEA Customer Experience, MEI Marketing & Communications, FedEx Express
“Women are typically adept at managing complexity, coping with ambiguity and bringing clarity to situations. Conferences like WIL give women the chance to pause, reflect and recharge their batteries by creating new global networks.”
– Wendy Alexander – Associate Dean, Global Business, London Business School