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The Economic Club of New York Presents: Women in Business Forum

March 7, 2022 @ 9:15 am - 3:00 pm

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The Economic Club of New York, along with the Consulates General of Canada and France, invite you to attend a half-day forum on the role the public and private sectors can play in accelerating gender equity in the workplace.

The focus of past Women in Business events has been multifaceted but includes highlighting the business case for gender diversity in the workplace; while underrepresented, the success of women as investors and asset managers; the need for more women-led ventures, etc. Women had made great progress before COVID-19 and this year we plan to explore the impacts and ways forward in a post-Covid world.

Registration for this event gains you access to ALL five sessions of the conference.

Upon registration, you will receive five separate links, one for each session. Each is unique to you for you and is not forwardable.

RSVP here.


Session 1

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

This panel will bring together leading government officials from Canada, France, and the U.S. to discuss what policy interventions have been successful, where gaps remain, and concrete next steps for an inclusive economic recovery for women.

Panel discussion with: Thea Lee, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, DOL, Elisabeth Moreno, French Minister Delegate for Gender Equality.

Moderated by Rachana Bhide, Organizational Psychologist and Broadcaster


Session 2

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Falguni Nayar founded Nykaa in 2012 with the vision of building a multi-brand omni-channel beauty-focused retail business. By empowering customer choices and enabling brands to reach the breadth and depth of the country, Nykaa has emerged as India’s leading beauty retailer playing a critical role in developing the beauty market in India. She will share how COVID-19 has affected her business and what’s to come.

Keynote Discussion

Falguni Nayar, Founder and CEO, Nykaa.com

Moderated by Marie-Josèe Kravis, Hudson Institute


Session 3

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

The economic impacts of COVID-19 have been unevenly distributed across women and has exacerbated inequalities. Many have faced complex and compounded challenges that have undermined their economic security. This panel will assess the differentiated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and offer insights into how the public and private sectors can apply an intersectional lens to advance gender equality.

Panel discussion with:
Mary Kay Henry, International President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Dawn Desjardins, Deputy Chief Economist from the Royal Bank of Canada, Gerard Wolf, Chairman of the Task Force on Sustainable Cities of MEDEF International and Vice-Chairman of the Africa Committee

Moderated by Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code


Session 4

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Ruth is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Alphabet, Inc. She is responsible for Finance, Business Operations and Real Estate & Workplace Services. She will discuss access to capital, women in technology, and how the post-pandemic economy needs to evolve for women.

Keynote Discussion

Ruth Porat, CFO, Alphabet, Inc.

Moderated by Marie-Josèe Kravis, Hudson Institute


Session 5

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This panel will bring together CEOs from Canada, France, and the U.S. to discuss access to capital, setting the tone at the top, recruiting, retaining and equity.

Panel discussion with:
Dominique Senequier, Founder and President, Ardian, Rania Llewellyn, President and CEO, Laurentian Bank of Canada

Moderated by Shelly Banjo, Bloomberg


March 7, 2022
9:15 am - 3:00 pm


Virtual – Economic Club of New York
NY United States

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