Women leaders for Brazil and Latin America

São Paulo, 23 May 2014 – The 2014 Women’s Forum Brazil , which will take place May 26-27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in São Paulo, will feature important Women’s Forum initiatives for the corporate advancement of women as well as noteworthy projects by young people. Three major studies on gender issues in Latin America and Brazil will also be presented during the event.

The CEO Champions initiative brings together nearly 40 CEOs and corporate leaders from Brazil and Latin America, all of them strongly committed to promoting the advancement of women in the workplace. CEO Champions Brazil is a Women’s Forum initiative presented by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in collaboration with Sodexo and with support from McKinsey & Company.

 “Women’s issues are global issues.” said Jacqueline Franjou, CEO of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. “So having CEOs working together to better promote women in the workplace, highlighting the new generation of girls and women leaders, and bridging these initiatives with the most recent studies will bring a new and global understanding of the role and place of women in our economy and society.”

 For the second year in a row, Rising Talents has invited a special selection of six Brazilian and American young women to join its network and to attend the 2014 Women’s Forum Brazil, as well as the 2014 Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France, next October 15-17. The Brazil Rising Talents selection is presented in partnership with PwC Brasil; the initiative aims to distinguish highly talented young women under the age of 40 who are on their way to becoming influential figures in our economies and societies.

 The iLive2Lead initiative, present for the first time at the Women’s Forum Brazil, is hosting two young iLive2Lead leaders from Brazil and Mexico, in partnership with Tam Airlines. The Women’s Forum Brazil 2014 is looking forward to sharing the vision of these two young leaders – who are both in their early 20s – on today’s global issues. Their stories will be published in various blogs around the world.

Three studies focusing on gender and leadership in Brazil and Latin America will also be presented at the Women’s Forum Brazil: A World Bank IFC study focuses on Women, Business and the Law; a second World Bank IFC report is entitled Investing in Women’s Employment; and PwC’s NextGen study examines the aspirations, work styles and values of “Millennial”/”Generation Y” employees.

 Some 550 participants are expected to attend the 2014 Women’s Forum Brazil. Throughout the conference a group of „Amazing Women“ will be celebrated for their ability to go beyond their paths to make a sustainable impact on society.

 More information on speakers and the detailed program may be found at:


28 corporations and organizations are partners of the 2014 Women’s Forum Brazil:

       Lead Partners: Banco Do Brasil, Hyatt, Renault-Nissan Alliance

*      Strategic Partners: Avon, Sanofi , TAM Airlines

*      Associate Partners: ABB, PwC, Schneider Electric, Sodexo, White Martins

*      Official Airline: TAM Airlines

*      Official Hotel: Hyatt

*      Event Partners: Boeing, Champagne Pommery, Instituto Avon, KPMG, Kusmi Tea, L’Oréal Brasil, McKinsey & Company, Nestlé Brasil, Unimed, World Bank Group

*      Supported by: Ashoka, Dudalina, Endeavor, Havaianas, IBGC – Instituto Brasileiro De Governança Corporativa, Ilive2lead, WCD – Women Corporate Directors, 2Get Executive Search

*      Media Partners: Bloomberg, Editora Abril, Editora Globo, France Médias Monde, The Huffington Post

 About the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society

Since 2005 the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society has been the world’s leading platform featuring women’s views and voices on major social and economic issues. Deploying women’s experience and expertise across all generations and geographies, it offers practical discussions on how to overcome barriers and create new horizons and opportunities, as well as broad, rich and surprising debate on important ideas.  The Women’s Forum also promotes the advancement of women world-wide via business and social networks.