The Business Insurance Women to Watch Awards & Leadership Conference is the only recognition programme that celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry. ​Winners come from commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields such as consulting and law. What started as a recognition programme in 2006, has grown into an educational programme aimed at the advancement of women in commercial insurance. 

In 2017, Business Insurance launched the EMEA Women to Watch Awards programme which recognizes winners from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This year's programme will take place in November in London and include a half-day professional development conference, followed by an awards ceremony. An Advisory Board of past honorees, diversity experts, and insurance industry leaders guide the development of the conference content.



Tuesday, November 7, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Today’s rapidly changing world has made it more complex and interconnected, calling for bold leadership. Technology and a global pandemic have revolutionized business, contributing to a vastly different work environment. What vision and particular skills are crucial for today’s CEO in order to develop a vibrant corporate culture, encourage unity within, and flourish in the future.

Dorothee Gnaedinger Tim Bailey Stephanie Ogden Gaby Joyner
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Women have been told that anything is possible. They can have it all. But at what cost?

Explore why women burn out mid-career and are exhausted by the system by their mid-thirties. Are the under 30-year-olds looking for something different in today’s workplace? Some women (and men!) are leaving their jobs because they feel they cannot be their authentic selves. What is contributing to this and what are the solutions? Dorothee Gnaedinger will also discuss her new book "Having it All: Stories Behind the Myth."

Dorothee Gnaedinger Lorene Phillips Amanda Scott
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Countries within the EU have made various degrees of progress in the area of DEI. Certain legislation in some countries has contributed to growing success. Specifically, a 2022 EU Directive on the gender balance of corporate boards has gone a long way to change the percentage of women serving on those boards. Still, less than 1 in 10 of the largest listed companies in the EU-27 have a woman chair or CEO. How quickly can we expect to see further progress and what types of programs have been most effective?

Alison Quinlivan Lea Lønsted Bamishe Alao Maxine Goddard Man Wong
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Charlotte Hedemark
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

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