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The Women in Retail programme 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.

100 Complimentary Passes

We are offering 100 places for women in the retail industry to attend the Congress free of charge. This is open to a) those who have never attended the Congress before b) working at mid-managerial level and above c) working for a retailer, brand or FMCG company. 

What you get as part of the Women in Retail programme:

  • Free access to all three days of World Retail Congress 2020
  • Private networking breakfasts for Women in Retail members
  • Access to the Women in Retail reception where the Women of the Year Awards is presented. This was won by Judith McKenna, President of Walmart International in 2019
  • Entry to exclusive content crafted specifically to help you build the knowledge and experience to grow your career


Please note that we are only able to accept one person per company who qualifies for the criteria. Travel and accommodation is not included. 

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