Leaders & Daughters 2017: Cultivating the Next Generation of Women Leaders

A year ago, to mark International Women’s Day, Egon Zehnder conceived Leaders & Daughters, a series of events that brings the world’s most admired leaders and their daughters together to uncover the motivations, challenges and opportunities that face the next generation of professional women.

In 2017, we go further. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we will host Leaders & Daughters events in more than 40 cities worldwide – bringing together the voices of more than 3,500 participants to share their stories of success as well as the obstacles that are preventing progress. We share one common goal: to collectively pave a better future for the next generation of women leaders.

Through gatherings both large and intimate, this year’s events connect the stories and experiences of current CEO and executive-level leaders to the opportunities and challenges faced by their younger-generation daughters. The event program will include insights from Egon Zehnder’s own commitment to diversity including results from the recently published 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis and the Leaders & Daughters Global Women’s Survey, a seven-country global examination of working women’s motivations, ambitions and their own definitions of professional success.

Visit this site often for Global Survey findings and event highlights including videos, photos and key insights from participating leaders and their daughters. Join the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn at #LeadersAndDaughters. Become a member of the Leaders & Daughters LinkedIn group for real time event updates and discussion.

“We believe that diverse and inclusive leaders create a better world where organizations and individuals not only grow, but thrive.” Egon Zehnder Commitment to Diversity


What we heard: Read our report on the highlights of the 2017 Leaders & Daughters discussions.

See Impressions from our 2017 Global Leaders & Daughters Event Series

“It was an amazing discussion. It was energetic. It was exciting. It was family-like. It was emotional. Everyone was engaged for four hours, and it was very interesting.”
– Leaders and Daughters Johannesburg

"We host these annual Leaders & Daughters gatherings...because if we are to make further progress in increasing the number of women in the executive suite and the boardroom, we must see equality as the personal issue that it is...An honest dialogue involving men and women representing a range of industries and perspectives can set in motion new ideas that can grow to have a significant impact on this important issue."
– Leaders and Daughters Chicago

“The energy of the young women in the room and their desire to make a difference was very heartening to see...nothing can get in the way of advancement of these young women.”
– Leaders and Daughters Bangalore

"The conversation was wide-ranging, engaging and informative, underpinned by a collective enthusiasm and determination to support women advancing into senior leadership positions."
– Leaders and Daughters London

"The leaders strongly encouraged their daughters to develop a sense of independence as well as perseverance...The lesson to the next generation is still to aim high, not to give up too easily or quickly, and persist through their challenges to fulfill their aspirations for success."
– Leaders and Daughters Shanghai

Impressions from our 2016 event series

“Bringing Leaders and Daughters together is a rich and welcoming experience. The level of discussion was very open, trusting and, at times, touching.”
– Leaders and Daughters Amsterdam

“We saw a high level of ambition and entrepreneurship in the new generation. The daughters gave us a perspective on leadership less connected to corporate life and more focused on creating something satisfying.”
– Leaders and Daughters Milan

“Our panelists were all provocateurs who agreed no one wants hand-outs for women…the prevailing sentiment being that more young women are choosing to follow their passions instead of pre-programmed career paths of yore, and they will find a new way to create opportunities and achieve success on their own terms.”
– Leaders and Daughters San Francisco

“Our leaders highlighted the importance of mindfulness for the younger generation. Passion is crucial, but it is often best tempered by an ability to sit back and observe, a sense of 'spaciousness' before acting or speaking.”
– Leaders and Daughters Sydney

For more Information:

Hilary Crnkovich
Head of Global Communications and Marketing
hilary.crnkovich@egonzehnder.com
Tel +1 312 260 8978

Sandra Galvin
Head US Marketing and Communications/Global Projects
sandra.galvin@egonzehnder.com
Tel +1 212 519 6103

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