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Gathering of the Global Elite through Women's Eyes

Every year Davos Switzerland is the host for the World Economic Forum.  The World Economic form is over 40 years old and was founded by Professor Klaus Schwab as a non-profit foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. It drew business leaders from Europe, and beyond, to Davos for an Annual Meeting each January.  Initially, Professor Schwab focused the meetings on how European firms could catch up with US management practices.  Over the years it has moved from European to World (1987).  

While the forum is over 40 years old, their diversity index is still sitting in the 1980's.  Less than 20% of the delegates that go to Davos are women, and this percentage is partly bolstered by the rule that if an organisation wants to bring more than four people one of them has to be women.  

Published in the NYT, Katrin Bennhold's article on what it is like to be part of that 20%.  Some great insights including the fact that women have to pay 5 Swiss Franc's to store their boots so they can put on good shoes for when they are in session, and the fact that most panels are done from stools that make it tough to "sit properly".  Well written with great insights

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

Posted On : 21-01-17

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