On 5 November 2019, not one, but two of our staff were involved in the MyPhy Women’s Leadership Conference, Geneva. 

The aim of the event was to promote and deepen the growth and impact of women’s leadership as a positive force for change, for the benefit of all, and was an opportunity for attendees to develop their leadership skills and network with other dynamic women leaders. Women from all over the globe came together to share their experience and knowledge on some of the most pressing issues currently, such as women’s voices as catalysts for change, gender-fair behavior, women on boards, mentoring, sustainability, and migration.

One of the co-chairs of the event was Cassandre Burgess, a Professor at Geneva Business School, and the Business Development Manager at MyPhilosophy SA (MyPhy). Originally from South Africa, she has extensive experience in the mining industry and financial services. She is active in several associations and community groups in the Geneva region.

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MyPhy, which organized the event, is a Geneva-based learning and development company, with a mission to develop the next generation of purpose-driven leaders. It specializes in creating conferences, workshops, and tailor-made coaching solutions for executives, teams, and individuals. It is actively involved in leadership development, team development, and public speaking coaching. 

Having previously successfully collaborated with Alina Askarova, Founder and CEO of Geneva Business School, Kazakhstan, Cassandre invited her to participate in the panel discussion: The Intersection of Work and Family. Askarova’s well-received contributions outlined her thoughts and experiences on how to balance work and family. 

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The position of women’s leadership today

A recent article by the Harvard Business Review showed that women in leadership positions were perceived to be just as good as men in the same positions. Furthermore, women actually did significantly better than men on well over fifty percent of the leadership skills studied.

However, even faced with these facts, the percentage of women among Fortune 500 CEOs is 4.9%, and only 2% of S&P 500 CEOs are women. The article even goes on to point out that those numbers are declining globally.

All of this shows that while advances have clearly been made, there is still a long way to go to close the gender gap. Role models such as Professor Cassandre Burgess and CEO Alina Askarova will play an important part in this necessary shift toward more diverse leadership.