Though I won’t see much of Mexico City this trip, I had a wonderful time attending this year’s Global Summit of Women conference. This conference is a must for anyone in any industry or position interested in increasing their capital worth in a global economy. First, it is a pleasure to have exposure to some very powerful women from all around the Globe. This is the 15th year of this conference and it’s my first attendance. There are over 900 delegates in attendance with companies such as Microsoft and HP sending about 100 women each. First Ladies, Ambassadors, Ministers, CEOs, VPs, Entreprenual and small business owners representing various countries of Asia, India, Afghanistan, Irag, Africa, Latin America, Mexico, USA, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe….
It was a special treat to have Thursday night’s keynote from Mexican President Vicente Fox. I was impressed to hear not only from President Fox with regard to Mexico but as a repeated them from other speakers throughout the event that women are an assett to the global economy. The fact that women remain underrepresented by siginificant percentages compared to our male counterparts and coupled with the knowledge that we are assets to the global economy, should spur nations, governments, corporations, etc. to take action to help facilitate a change to increase representation of women in these areas. It is clear that every country faces challenges, but, there is no country exempt from the problem. There is work for every nation at every level to help increase women’s economic value in the global economy. And, any work in this area benefits not only the global econamy but the male value as well.
There were some one off sessions dedicated to Microsoft specific issues. HR, the head of diversity, and the diversity council were all represented. It was good to see the company taking advantage of that time to assist the Microsoft Women attendees with internal networking and providing valuable resources and information about Microsoft’s initiatives around diversity in the workplace. It was clear that a unified and strong internal network would benefit and assist with the development, recruitment, and retention of the women in the company. With this and the many women that I met over the course of the conference, I found the Summit invaluable and a must attend if you feel strongly about these types of issues.