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 this year’s edition, we aim to discuss how women can move up company ranks from managing to leadership positions. We will welcome:

The Hunger Project logo

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.

International Trade Centre

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

Reserve your morning on Wednesday 4 December to attend the breakfast and hear from inspirational women who are successfully forging their careers in the food industry, whether they work within a large multinational company or have joined an entrepreneurial startup.
Men are welcome to join us and help break the glass ceiling in the food and beverage industry.

Women's Networking Breakfast
Women's Networking Breakfast attendees
Women's Networking Breakfast in Paris
Women's Networking Breakfast speakers

Session programme

Time: 08:00
Breakfast and networking

Time: 08:45
Welcome words from Corporate Partner - Caroline Kemunto, Commonwealth Programme at SheTrades

Time: 09:00
Keynote interview:
I never thought about applying for this position… until it was proposed to me
Interviewer: Dr. Anne Mullen, Chief Editor, Nature Food
Interviewee: Marie-Pierre Membrives, Founder of Elles Sont Food !
Synopsis: Marie-Pierre Membrives had never thought about a leadership position until she was offered a management role in a large F&B company. Having been promoted, she faced the reality of gender imbalance at leadership levels. A long-time advocate for gender equality, she co-founded Elles sont Food, a French women’s networking association, with 10 women from the food industry. Through her testimony, she will shed light on the “imposter syndrome” many women face and the ways women can organise to achieve gender equality in the workforce and beyond.

Time: 09:20
Coaching /Leadership talk
Vive la différence: coaching women leaders 
Speaker: Jon Poole, Chief Executive of the British Institute of Food Science and Technology and Coach

Time: 09:35
Panel discussion
: From managers to leaders, how can women move up company ranks?
Moderator: Dr. Anne Mullen, Nature Food

  • Anne Wagner, President of Proteines France and Corporate Research and Development Director, Tereos
  • Marie-Pierre Membrives, founder of Elles sont Food!
  • Jon Poole, Chief Executive of the British Institute of Food Science and Technology
  • Mecca Ibrahim, Co-founder of the British network Women in Food Industry
  • SheTrades representative

Time: 10:15
Inspiration from India: the rise of empowered elected women leaders who change the system
Speaker: Annemarie de Groot-Bakker, Connector at The Hunger Project Netherlands
The Hunger Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate chronic hunger and poverty through sustainable, grass-root strategies in which women are central. We believe people living in hunger are not the problem – they are the solution. People like Kamla Devi from India, who work tirelessly to lift her community from hunger and poverty. We invite you to get to know Kamla and The Hunger Project, be inspired and get involved in ending world hunger at the Women's Networking Breakfast.

Time: 10:30 
Closing remarks from the moderator followed by coffee and networking

11:00 End of event

Online agenda is also available here.

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