Women's Networking Breakfast

In 2019 only 29% of leadership roles are held by women. While 2019 marked the highest percentage of women in top leadership positions, this figure remains far too low. Academic studies have proved however that women could lead differently, and initiatives have sprung up around the world to help women connect and reach top management positions.

The Food and Beverage industry is taking steps to help women reach leadership positions. Fi Europe & Ni 2019 continue the tradition of bringing female and male industry leaders together at The Women’s Networking Breakfast to discuss diversity and inclusion in the F&B industry.

For the 2019 edition, we aimed to discuss how women could move up company ranks from managing to leadership positions. We welcomed:

  • Ms Anne Wagner, R&D Corporate Director at Tereos and President of Proteines France Consortium
  • Ms Marie-Pierre Membrives, Food Scientist and Founder of Elles sont Food! Network
  • Ms Mecca Ibrahim, Co-founder of the Women in the Food Industry Network
  • Dr. Anne Mullen, Chief Editor, Nature Food

Charity Partner: The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project shifts mindsets of women and men so they transform into leaders for the sustainable end of hunger by unlocking their capacity, creativity and leadership and empowering them with the skills, knowledge and resources they need. This way they can break the poverty cycle themselves. 
In India, where 1 out of 4 people do not have enough to eat, the Hunger Project trains elected women representatives in village councils to become effective leaders who lift their communities out of poverty to fulfil their mandate to the best of their abilities, pull the right strings, and secure a range of provisions for their village.

Corporate Partner: International Trade Centre

Empowering women to Trade Programme

The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Women and Trade Programme seeks to increase the participation of women entrepreneurs and producers in global value chains and to ensure that they enjoy greater economic benefits from participation in international trade. The Women and Trade Programme works with buyers and governments to increase the procurement of goods and services from women entrepreneurs. The programme builds the capacity of trade support institutions to improve their product and service offerings to women entrepreneurs, and it enhances the competitiveness of women entrepreneurs in developing countries, enabling them to tap market opportunities. 

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