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29 June 2018

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iW50 Summit

INSEAD Europe Campus, 29 June 2018

At INSEAD, we are dedicated to making gender balance the “new norm” on campus, at work, and in the world. We believe that gender parity isn’t a women’s issue, but rather a business and societal issue that men and women must address together.

During the 2017/2018 academic year, we’re bringing greater attention to gender imbalance while also recognising 50 years of women at INSEAD with iW50, a celebration of the past, present and future of women at our school.

On 29 June 2018, iW50 culminates in the iW50 Summit on the Fontainebleau campus. This highly anticipated event will feature lectures and panel discussions led by prominent academics and alumnae; breakout sessions that delve into critical issues of gender parity; workshops on mentorship and coaching; structured discussion that encourages an open exchange of ideas; and opportunities to socialise and network with other members of the INSEAD community.

Let’s challenge ourselves to do more and be better. Join INSEAD’s global effort to make gender balance happen.

Preliminary programme



Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

iW50 MC
Nida Januskis
, Associate Dean of Advancement, INSEAD

Amphi A 


Faculty lead:
Zoe Kinias, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Academic Director, INSEAD Gender Initiative

Jennifer Petriglieri, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Amphi A

Keynote address

Speaker TBC

Amphi A

Keynote speech

Leslee Udwin, Founder, Think Equal

Amphi A

CEO Roundtable

Eric Labaye,
MBA'87J, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Lieve Mostrey, CEO, Euroclear
Lucy Quist, MBA'05J, former CEO, Airtel Ghana
Other speaker TBC

Maria Guadalupe,
Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science, Academic Director of the INSEAD Randomized Control Trials (RCT) Lab, Chair, Economics and Political Science Area

Amphi A
11:15Coffee breakCamembert
11:35Morning breakout sessions 

Faculty session #1 - Women on boards: how to maximize your impact
Annet Aris, MBA'86D, Adjunct Professor of Strategy

Hélène Ploix, MBA'68, Co-Founding Partner, Pechel Industries
Karien van Gennip, MBA'95D, CEO, ING France


Faculty session #2 - The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business
Erin Meyer, Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Workshop #1

Sessions TBC

12:35Lunch options: 

Strategy& “World Café”- style discussions
Contribute your insight on topics that matter

Gather around café-style tables with other Summit participants, to engage in stimulating and personal conversations on questions that matter. You will be able to share your story, and offer your reflection and ideas on key topics around women in business. The tables’ facilitators will pull together the collective intelligence in an integrated summary, which will be shared with all iW50 participants following the event.

The “World Café”-style discussions will be accompanied by a networking lunch.


IWIB Brown Bag lunch

Come and hear about the many activities being run by the INSEAD Women in Business Club around the world.  Discuss topical issues with a panel and network with your peers over lunch.
More information to come.

Amphi TBC
 Networking lunchINSEAD Restaurant

Alumni Impact: Alumnae Profiles and Key Insights
Presentation by Zoe Kinias, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Academic Director, INSEAD Gender Initiative

Dirk Luyten,
MBA'89J, Managing Director, Levante Capital Management
Antonella Meï-Pochtler, MBA'83D, Former Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
Natalie Myshkina, MBA'09J, First Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy, Bank Leumi USA
Other speakers TBC

Amphi A
15:30Coffee break 
15:50Afternoon breakout sessions 

Faculty session #3 - Couples That Work
Jennifer Petriglieri, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Faculty session #4 - Why diversity programmes backfire, and how organisations can and should promote diversity
Ivana Naumovska
, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Sadia Khan,
 MBA'95D, IAA President, CEO Selar Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd
Other speakers TBC


Workshop #2

Sessions TBC


Closing keynote dialogue

Keynote speaker
Cindy Robbins
, President & Chief People Officer, Salesforce

Annette Young,
Journalist, France 24

Amphi A

Presentation of Force for Good Award

Andreas Jacobs
, MBA'90D, Chairman of INSEAD, Member of the Board of Jacobs Holding AG

Sadia Khan,
MBA'95D, IAA President, CEO Selar Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd

To be announced



Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

Networking cocktail  


Confirmed speakers


As a part of our celebrations of 50 years of women at INSEAD, we are inviting participants to register at the symbolic price of 50€.  

This exceptional price includes a full day's programme with access to outstanding speakers, networking opportunities, coffee breaks and lunch.  It also includes the closing networking cocktail.


Sponsoring the iW50 Summit will give your organisation visibility in a more effective and less costly way than traditional advertising.

Your sponsorship aligns your company brand with the mission and values of INSEAD, which include:

  • A vision of business as a force for improving people’s lives
  • Fostering innovation and entrepreneurial spirit
  • A thought leader, showcasing the latest in business research

Your sponsorship is an opportunity for strategic engagement with some of the most prominent and influential business leaders and thought leaders around the world.

The iW50 Summit has been made possible thanks to the support of our sponsor:

Gold Cocktail Sponsor

Founded in 1847 in Paris, Cartier stands as one of the world’s most esteemed and respectful Maisons in the luxury goods industry.

Over the years, Cartier has developed a whole range of luxury collections of high jewelry, watches, leather goods, fragrances and accessories. From the. Trinity ring to the Love bracelet, the Santos de Cartier to the Tank watches, Cartier is the reference for its design and savoir-faire and has been recognized as an invaluable pioneer for its creations, icons of rarity, style and craftsmanship.

Throughout its history, Cartier has established and maintained ties with the art world to stimulate its own creativity, by developing special relationships with artists. Actively encouraging contemporary talents with the launch in 1984 of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Cartier has scaled up art sponsorship and cooperation programs.

In 2006, Cartier created the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards together with McKinsey & Company and INSEAD Business School. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an international business plan competition to identify, support and encourage projects by inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide.

Silver Sponsor

About Russell Reynolds Associates
Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. Our 425+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, our teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues.

Strategy& is a global team of practical strategists committed to helping you seize essential advantage.

We do that by working alongside you to solve your toughest problems and helping you capture your greatest opportunities. These are complex and high-stakes undertakings—often game-changing transformations. We bring 100 years of strategy consulting experience and the unrivaled industry and functional capabilities of the PwC network to the task. Whether you’re charting your corporate strategy, transforming a function or business unit, or building critical capabilities, we’ll help you create the value you’re looking for with speed, confidence, and impact. 

We are part of the PwC network of firms in 157 countries with more than 223,000 people committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at

In Kind Sponsors

Mekhala Living
At Mekhala Living, we are dedicated to creating a better life with great, wholesome and sustainable Asian foods. Mekhala means "goddess" in Thai, and our aim is to turn customers into kitchen gods and goddesses! And we want to do this by giving you healthy, tasty and easy-to-prepare Asian food. All our products are prepared, made, bottled and labelled by hand in small batches. Every Mekhala product is certified organic or 100% natural, vegan, gluten and nut free, and created in accordance with the principles of mindfulness and healthfulness. We are committed to the farming community in Northern Thailand, from whom we procure organic, non-GMO, clean-farmed or natural ingredients at fair prices. We provide good working conditions and fair practices for women from the marginalised Burmese Shan community to improve their welfare, and we have developed a system that allows us to hire even those who are illiterate.

Find out more about how Mekhala empowers women.

Michel et Augustin
Meet the two kooky cookies ;)

We’re Augustin and Michel. In 2004, we traded in our suits and ties for aprons and chef hats, and began baking in Augustin’s little kitchen in Paris. Today, our goal is to bring the flavors of a French patisserie right to your neighborhood store. We want to make the world SMILE by whipping up scrumptious creations made with simple, quality ingredients you can find right in your kitchen – and our packaging puts a bit of pep in your grocery step!

Join the French Pastry Revolution!

Portrait 2.0
Our mission: to illustrate your activity with personalized photos that resemble you.
Since 2013, Portrait 2.0 is the reference when it comes to corporate portraits for companies that want to improve their electronic identity. We help them personalize their communication toolkits and their social media with portraits of their staff and photo coverages. You too can put your team forwards on internet, with beautiful and consistent portraits which will set you apart and put your employer brand forwards!
Our biggest pride: having 92% of satisfied clients.

In order to sponsor all or part of the iW50 Summit, as an individual or organisation, please get in touch with the member of the Organising Committee responsible for sponsorship:

Perrine Wyplosz
Corporate Relations Coordinator
Tel: +33 (0)1 60 72 43 54

or send a message to

Practical information

Access to campus

Please click on the following link to obtain directions to the campus.

Taxi reservations can be made directly through:

Luxury Car Service
Mr Guillaume Lafoy
Tel: +33 6 67 60 28 31


Information regarding accommodation will be found in your confirmation email once you have registered.

Welcome and registration

The registration desk will open at 8:15 on Friday 29 June.

Dress code

The dress code is business casual for the on-campus event and for the networking cocktail.


Wifi access will be available for your use during the Summit. Information on username and password can be found in the Summit programme.

Footnote shop

The campus shop located in the bar area will be open during the Summit. Find all your INSEAD gear and the latest business publications here.

Media, filming and photography

INSEAD may engage professional photographers for this event. All sessions will be filmed. We reserve the right to use any film and/or photography from the event in our print and digital marketing collateral. Participants who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should contact the INSEAD Events team prior to the event.




For any queries, please contact us at: or Events hotline: +33 1 60 72 48 48 (office hours).




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