Gender equality is not only a matter of social justice, but also a matter of practical business performance

WBW Event
Leadership of Tomorrow and the Role of Gender Communication

When: 10 October 2014

Where: ICC Global Headquarters

One of the strongest business arguments for a diverse leadership team is that it strengthens performance. What is it about having a critical mass of 3 or more women on a Board or Executive team that makes the difference? Are there different styles and types of leadership that are correlated to gender?

On 10 October at the ICC World Business Women lunch speakers Robert Baker and Marie-Christine Maheas will explore these questions and moderate an interactive exchange with participating men and women from ICC and invited Professional Womenís Network (PWN) guests.

Diversity ensures that different characteristics, perspectives and working styles are added to the mix and this leads to greater innovation, productivity and business success in organisations. To maximise this potential colleagues and leaders need to make sure they understand each other. What is gender communication and how do businesses address the differences that might be getting in the way of advancement and diversity? How do managers make sure they arenít missing opportunities or overlooking talent because of these differences or by misinterpreting their colleagues. How can staff harness the diversity of thinking and communication styles between women and men to enhance the working environment and generate greater business success?

Join us 10 October at the next WBW lunch for a lively discussion on how the leadership of tomorrow needs to be practiced and the role of gender communication.


Robert Baker is a Senior Partner and Global Client Manager at Mercer in London, a member of Mercerís UK Diversity and Inclusion Advisory council, a member of Mercerís Womenís networks for the UK and Europe region and and Vice-President on the Federation Board of PWN (Professional Womenís Network), responsible for getting men engaged in supporting the development and advancement of women in organizations.

Marie-Christine Maheas is a trained mathematician and engineer who applies her skills to business. A dual French and Canadian citizen, she conducted research at the University of Montreal with the Canadian Forces on the application of artificial intelligence and optimization to aircraft and ship management. She has worked for American Airlines and created and developed the Europe Middle East and Africa competence centre for flight scheduling IT solutions. She has worked for Carlson Wagonlit Travel managing operations for the EMEA region and most recently for CGI as Business Director in Charge of Travel and Transportation industries. Marie-Christine is past President of the Paris chapter of PWN and is coordinator of a book to be published early in 2015 on how men can get engaged in gender diversity. The book provides a toolkit to help men better support women in reaching senior leadership positions.