The Women in Retail programme, in partnership with Be Inspired, brings together top female retail executives to celebrate and champion the achievements of women in the industry, whilst facilitating mentoring and discussion.
For the last five years, the programme has mainly consisted of the International Women in Retail networking reception, combining a wonderful venue such as the Burj al Arab in Dubai or the Teatro Real in Madrid with inspirational speakers such as Jo Malone. The evening is also highlighted by the presentation of the Woman of the Year Award. The 2019 winner was Judith McKenna, President & CEO of Walmart International.
It is our goal for Congresses in the future to achieve gender parity on stage and off. We want more women within the industry to have a seat at the table, have their voices heard and be seen to lead. We also want them to have the support they need through networks, mentors and learning – opportunities we will be providing at the Congress moving forward.