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Our goal of transforming people, organizations, and the world through leadership goes far beyond our client work. We make connections and spark movements through our events and initiatives. We feel it is our responsibility to influence the conversations around important issues, ranging from diversity and inclusion to governance and regulatory matters, the impact of digital transformation and AI, and the need for individual leaders to transform alongside their organizations. We believe that diverse and inclusive leaders create a better world where individuals and organizations not only grow, they thrive.

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Leaders & Daughters

Leaders & Daughters

Egon Zehnder introduced Leaders & Daughters in March 2015 in London to provide a forum for addressing both the gender divide and the opportunity gap faced by the next generation of women leaders. By bringing together highly accomplished leaders and their daughters and mentees, we addressed the opportunities, challenges, obstacles and ideals of women leaders – and began to pave a path for positive change. Each year, Leaders & Daughters has grown– from 15 cities in 2016 to more than 40 in 2017. We have convened more than 5,000 attendees, across all major geographies
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Leaders & Daughters

Leaders & Daughters

Egon Zehnder introduced Leaders & Daughters in March 2015 in London to provide a forum for addressing both the gender divide and the opportunity gap faced by the next generation of women leaders. By bringing together highly accomplished leaders and their daughters and mentees, we addressed the opportunities, challenges, obstacles and ideals of women leaders – and began to pave a path for positive change. Each year, Leaders & Daughters has grown– from 15 cities in 2016 to more than 40 in 2017. We have convened more than 5,000 attendees, across all major geographies

Turkey: Independent Women Directors (IWD) Project

Turkey: Independent Women Directors (IWD) Project

In 2012, Sabancı University (SU) celebrated the launch of its ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project aimed at increasing the number of independent women directors in Turkey.

United Kingdom: The Enhanced Code of Conduct for Search Firms

United Kingdom: The Enhanced Code of Conduct for Search Firms

Egon Zehnder UK is among the first executive search firms accredited under The Enhanced Code of Conduct for recruitment practices leading to measurable success in increasing gender diversity on FTSE 350 boards.

Global Initiative: “The Rising Talents Program”

Global Initiative: “The Rising Talents Program”

With Eurazeo, a leading listed investment company, Egon Zehnder invites young women to take part in The Rising Talents Program, which includes attending the Women’s Forum Global Meeting held in Deauville and membership in The Rising Talents Network.

Global Initiative: WIN Conferences

Global Initiative: WIN Conferences

Egon Zehnder sponsors the global conference of the Women’s International Network (WIN) and leads workshops at regional WIN events to help women succeed in their careers.

United Kingdom: Egon Zehnder UK commits to 25 female FTSE 100 CEOs by 2025

United Kingdom: Egon Zehnder UK commits to 25 female FTSE 100 CEOs by 2025

In September 2014, Egon Zehnder UK publicly committed to “25by25” – a target of 25 female chief executives of FTSE 100 companies by 2025, a five-fold increase.

Brazil: Honoring The Best Female CEOs

Brazil: Honoring The Best Female CEOs

In partnership with Valor Economico, the main business newspaper in Brazil, Egon Zehnder recognizes outstanding female Brazilian leaders who can serve as role models to young female talent.

Italy: “In The Boardroom” Director Development

Italy: “In The Boardroom” Director Development

With Valore D, Italy’s leading association of businesses, Egon Zehnder offers a year-long program to train and develop the next generation of non-executive directors.

Launch of ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project in Turkey

Launch of ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project in Turkey

Sabancı University (SU) celebrated the launch of its ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project aimed at increasing the number of independent women directors in Turkey on 13 December 2012.

Egon Zehnder Joint Project Receives UN Recognition

Egon Zehnder Joint Project Receives UN Recognition

Egon Zehnder is a strategic partner of the ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project launched by Sabancı University (SU) in Istanbul, which aims to help publicly-listed companies prioritize women when nominating independent directors.

WOMEN-20 Summit in Istanbul – Cagla Bekbolet Calls For Aspirational Targets

WOMEN-20 Summit in Istanbul – Cagla Bekbolet Calls For Aspirational Targets

Representatives of the Women-20 (W20) convened in Istanbul on 17-18 October to finalize a communique for G20 leaders ahead of their next meeting in Turkey in November. Formed under the Turkish term presidency of the G20, the W20 was set up as a G20 engagement group to promote global gender-inclusive economic growth.

Global Initiative: Catalyst

Global Initiative: Catalyst

Catalyst is the leading global non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

Global Initiative: Paradigm for Parity

Global Initiative: Paradigm for Parity

Paradigm for parity. Egon Zehnder is proud to partner with Paradigm for Parity℠ and has pledged to support the Paradigm for Parity’s 5-Point Action Plan for organizations to accelerate the pace of change in gender parity across senior executive roles.

The Guardian - EU to Propose Enforcing 40% Quota for Women on Company Boards

The Guardian - EU to Propose Enforcing 40% Quota for Women on Company Boards

The European commission is to push for a quota for women on company boards to address the slow progress to gender equality in the senior ranks of publicly listed businesses. Previous attempts by the EU’s executive to set a 40% goal for women in the top ranks of listed companies have been blocked by Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden overs fears that Brussels was overreaching into domestic affairs. Hungary and Poland have opposed the move on ideological grounds.

NOAH Conference

NOAH Conference

Egon Zehnder is honored to be a partner of the 2016 NOAH Conference. The target audience spans from entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, networkers to leading industry journalists. In Berlin on June 8 the program features a B2B presentation by Karim Jalbout, European Digital Practice leader at Egon Zehnder, followed by a panel discussion on board matters. Consultants from Egon Zehnder Germany, who work with their clients on digital talent and transformation, will be present.

Global Board Diversity

Global Board Diversity

The Egon Zehnder 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis (GBDA) is the most comprehensive to date, evaluating board data from 1,491 public companies with market capitalization exceeding EUR 6bn across 44 countries.

CogX17

CogX17

“HR is going to become even more important because the art of figuring people out is going to become that much more critical.” – Karim Jalbout

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TechCrunch Disrupt: Start-ups: How Do You Build a Team of Top Talent?

TechCrunch Disrupt: Start-ups: How Do You Build a Team of Top Talent?

For start-ups seeking to take their business to the next level, talent is crucial. Egon Zehnder’s Karim Jalbout offers three pieces of advice: don’t be afraid to hire people who are brighter than you, always look for leadership potential and be prepared to exchange equity for top talent.

CERAWeek 2017

CERAWeek 2017

Highlights from CERAWeek 2017

Egon Zehnder Supports European Digital Health Days

Egon Zehnder Supports European Digital Health Days

“Big versus Smart – Data Creating the Future of Better Healthcare,” was the focus of this year’s European Digital Health Days held on 1 June 2017 in Berlin with the support of Egon Zehnder.

Egon Zehnder Partners NOAH 2017

Egon Zehnder Partners NOAH 2017

"Scale or Sink? How boards can help founders build their business” was the topic of a panel chaired by Egon Zehnder’s consultant Mark Krymalowski at Noah 2017 on 22 June 2017 in Berlin.

Egon Zehnder's Ayşe Güçlü Onur co-founds Initiative to Help Women Return to Work

Egon Zehnder's Ayşe Güçlü Onur co-founds Initiative to Help Women Return to Work

Egon Zehnder consultant Ayşe Güçlü Onur, is co-founder of YenidenBiz, a non-profit organization that aims to help Turkish women return to work after extended career breaks.

Egon Zehnder Endorses Event to Promote Women in Business

Egon Zehnder Endorses Event to Promote Women in Business

To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, Advance, a Swiss organization that promotes women in business, will be holding a high-caliber panel discussion on gender equality at the University of Zurich.

Egon Zehnder’s Catherine Zhu as panelist at FT NED event “Bridging the Diversity Gap in a New Era”, Hong Kong

Egon Zehnder’s Catherine Zhu as panelist at FT NED event “Bridging the Diversity Gap in a New Era”, Hong Kong

To mark International Women’s Day, Catherine Zhu, co-leader of Egon Zehnder’s Greater China Practice, will participate in an exclusive panel discussion organized by the Financial Times.

Deconstructing the Competitive Advantage - 2012 Spring Sustainability Dinner

Deconstructing the Competitive Advantage - 2012 Spring Sustainability Dinner

CERAWeek 2016

CERAWeek 2016

Highlights from CERAWeek 2016

Egon Zehnder’s Gizem Weggemans Discusses Leadership in Communications

Egon Zehnder’s Gizem Weggemans Discusses Leadership in Communications

The evolving role of corporate affairs officers and the critical importance of corporate reputation were two of the key themes explored by Gizem Weggemans, Egon Zehnder’s Global Communications and Public Affairs Officers Practice leader, at the 10th European Communication Summit.

Egon Zehnder’s Lindsay Trout to Lead Round Table at Shift Conference San Francisco

Egon Zehnder’s Lindsay Trout to Lead Round Table at Shift Conference San Francisco

Integrating Digital Talent into Traditional Corporate Cultures is the central theme of the round table to be lead by Lindsay Trout, Digital Practice Leader at Egon Zehnder.

Egon Zehnder’s Natascha Jacobovits Talks About Hiring Digital Talent to Drive Change

Egon Zehnder’s Natascha Jacobovits Talks About Hiring Digital Talent to Drive Change

Recruiting digital talent to drive change was the key issue explored by Natascha Jacobovits-van Boetzelaer, head of Egon Zehnder’s Global Digital Practice, at a recent conference for insurance executives in Asia.

Egon Zehnder's Elaine Yew Chairs “Mindset 2.0” Panel

Egon Zehnder's Elaine Yew Chairs “Mindset 2.0” Panel

Getting ready for the future was the focus of a panel discussion at “Mindset 2.0: Ignite your potential”, hosted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) on 1 April 2016.

Leaders and Daughters 2016

Leaders and Daughters 2016

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, Egon Zehnder hosts the global event series “Leaders and Daughters: Cultivating the Next Generation of Women Leaders”. We bring together renowned leaders and their talented daughters in 16 locations, from Singapore to Sao Paolo, to open a global dialogue around the opportunities and challenges faced by young women in the modern business environment.

CERAWeek 2015

CERAWeek 2015

Highlights from CERAWeek 2015

WOMEN-20 Summit in Istanbul – Cagla Bekbolet Calls For Aspirational Targets

WOMEN-20 Summit in Istanbul – Cagla Bekbolet Calls For Aspirational Targets

Representatives of the Women-20 (W20) convened in Istanbul on 17-18 October to finalize a communique for G20 leaders ahead of their next meeting in Turkey in November. Formed under the Turkish term presidency of the G20, the W20 was set up as a G20 engagement group to promote global gender-inclusive economic growth.

WINConference 2015 – Inspire the World: With Insight, Grace & Action

WINConference 2015 – Inspire the World: With Insight, Grace & Action

Inspiring and helping women to contribute authentically and integrate their feminine values into leadership roles was the focus of the Global WINConference.

Egon Zehnder Hosts Cybersecurity Dinner

Egon Zehnder Hosts Cybersecurity Dinner

How to respond to cyber threats in an increasingly dangerous environment was the focus of the recent cybersecurity dinner 2015 hosted by Egon Zehnder in Dallas, Texas. The dinner was attended by general counsels, chief information security officers and heads of corporate communications from a wide range of industries.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders – Egon Zehnder Leaders & Daughters Discussion event in London

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders – Egon Zehnder Leaders & Daughters Discussion event in London

Following the launch of its 25by25 initiative in which Egon Zehnder UK commits to 25 female CEOs in the FTSE100 by 2025, Egon Zehnder hosted a discussion event on 23 March 2015, with more than 100 business leaders and their daughters to discuss changes needed to achieve the 25by25-goal.

Connecting with China

Connecting with China

Connecting Chinese and UK leaders was the focus of a Private Dinner Event hosted by Egon Zehnder and its Chairman Damien O’Brien on January 19th 2015 in London.

Top Priorities for CIOs

Top Priorities for CIOs

Management and policy priorities were hotly debated by technology executives at the recent CIO Network Conference organized by The Wall Street Journal.

Where Value Meets Values: Building Organizations for the 21st Century

Where Value Meets Values: Building Organizations for the 21st Century

The turnout was outstanding for a November 12 panel discussion featuring Franz Humer, former CEO and Chairman of Roche Holdings and David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group, at Egon Zehnder’s New York office.

Sustainability as a Path to Value Creation

Sustainability as a Path to Value Creation

On November 23, Christoph Lueneburger moderated a panel on sustainability as a path to value creation at the 40th annual international conference of Business Today.

WINConference 2014 - Time for Women to Take Center-Stage

WINConference 2014 - Time for Women to Take Center-Stage

Diversity and the challenge of anchoring women in business were the key topics of a speech given by Michael Ensser, Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder Germany, at the Women’s International Network (WIN) Conference 2014 held in Berlin in October 2014.

Egon Zehnder Hosts “25 by 25” Launch Event

Egon Zehnder Hosts “25 by 25” Launch Event

In September 2014, Egon Zehnder publicly committed to a target of 25 female chief executives of FTSE 100 companies by 2025, marking five-fold increase from today. The new initiative “25 by 25” was officially launched on 20 October 2014 at an event in London at which senior executives and FTSE Chairs were invited to discuss women’s routes to the top.

WINConference 2013 – How to build inclusive organizations

WINConference 2013 – How to build inclusive organizations

How to create inclusive organizations was the topic explored in a plenary speech given by Michel Deschapelles, Egon Zehnder, Miami, at the Women’s International Network Conference in October 2013.

Egon Zehnder hosts its third annual Kellogg Marketing Summit

Egon Zehnder hosts its third annual Kellogg Marketing Summit

In October 2013, Egon Zehnder hosted its third annual Kellogg Marketing Summit addressing the future of the customer-centric business and the role of marketers in directing the agenda.

50 senior business women open the Swiss Stock Exchange

50 senior business women open the Swiss Stock Exchange

The opening of the Zurich stock exchange on 12 March 2013 was heralded by a group of 50 senior business women ringing symbolic bells of change.

Consumer Goods: Ahead of the Game - 2013 Spring Sustainability Dinner

Consumer Goods: Ahead of the Game - 2013 Spring Sustainability Dinner

As sustainability gains importance globally and firms adapt their business models accordingly, the Consumer Goods Industry is definitely ahead of the game. A frank and dynamic discussion between leaders from or adjacent to the industry revealed four key insights.

Egon Zehnder Joint Project Receives UN Recognition

Egon Zehnder Joint Project Receives UN Recognition

Egon Zehnder is a strategic partner of the ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project launched by Sabancı University (SU) in Istanbul, which aims to help publicly-listed companies prioritize women when nominating independent directors.

Launch of ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project in Turkey

Launch of ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project in Turkey

Sabancı University (SU) celebrated the launch of its ‘Independent Women Directors (IWD)’ project aimed at increasing the number of independent women directors in Turkey on 13 December 2012.

Claudio Fernández-Aráoz gives WOBI Talk on young tigers

Claudio Fernández-Aráoz gives WOBI Talk on young tigers

Two unprecedented phenomena are currently impacting the global talent picture: demographics and globalization, notes Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a Senior Adviser at Egon Zehnder International, in a podcast for World of Business Ideas.

Claudio Fernández-Aráoz addresses World Business Forum

Claudio Fernández-Aráoz addresses World Business Forum

In a recent keynote speech at the World Business Forum in New York, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, Senior Consultant at Egon Zehnder International, demonstrated the importance of emotional intelligence in Executive Search.

Egon Zehnder International organizes event for HR leaders

Egon Zehnder International organizes event for HR leaders

Spiky leadership was the central topic at an event for senior Human Resources leaders organised by the Amsterdam Office of Egon Zehnder International.

Egon Zehnder International organizes 2012 Spring Sustainability Dinner

Egon Zehnder International organizes 2012 Spring Sustainability Dinner

The vocabulary framing discourse on sustainability and the role played by the twin levers of risk and rewards were among the broad range of topics discussed at the Egon Zehnder Spring Sustainability Dinner hosted in the firm’s New York office on June 6, 2012.

Egon Zehnder International hosts Chief Diversity Officer events

Egon Zehnder International hosts Chief Diversity Officer events

Diversity management is today no longer a fringe activity but a mainstream profession founded on best practices, processes and structures.

Egon Zehnder International supports TNC Global Gala

Egon Zehnder International supports TNC Global Gala

As a strategic partner of The Nature Conservancy, Egon Zehnder International was recognised as a benefactor of TNC's 2012 Global Gala held on 20 June in New York.

Egon Zehnder International hosts discussion for Italy’s top female leaders

Egon Zehnder International hosts discussion for Italy’s top female leaders

Tapping top female talent was the focus of a special event recently held by Egon Zehnder International in its Milan office, Italy.

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