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Agenda & Speakers


Part One

March 9th, 9 AM - 11 AM CET

 
 
 
Sandra Fernholz, HYPE innovation

09:00 AM CET: Introduction

Sandra Fernholz, Head of Sustainability & Social Impact at HYPE
 
“When you lift up women, you lift up humanity.” – Melinda Gates
Innovation means shaping the future. If done right, it means creating a better tomorrow. We want to add our voices – and yours! – to create a fairer world. To inch closer toward that goal, Sandra and Natalie started the Women in Innovation initiative last year and were joined by amazing women in three inspiring panel discussions. This event is the continuation of our joint efforts, and we can’t wait to get started! 
Sandra will welcome and guide you through the event, ensuring you know everything you need to know to feel comfortable and get engaged. See you there!
 
 

Natalie Turner

09:10 AM CET: The Innovator's PURPOSE - How to Step Into Leadership & Take Courageous Action

Natalie Turner, Author of "Yes, You Can Innovate" and Inventor of The Six 'I's® of Innovation
 
As our old world continues to crumble beneath our feet, dismantling and disrupting the way we live and work, what is the bigger PURPOSE of leadership in these times of change? What is calling us forth to explore and develop new frontiers, and how can we evolve our thinking to lead others into the unknown? Natalie's keynote will motivate and inspire you to not only step into a greater sense of who you are and the critical role that you can play in your organization but also how you can contribute to moving humanity towards greater renewal and transformation.
 
 
 
Senela Jayasuriya

09:40 AM CET: Reinventing Yourself - A Leadership Perspective

Senela Jayasuriya, Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global, Diverse Consultants (Pvt) Ltd and the WEG Global Academy
 
We are all at different stages in our personal journey of self-discovery, leadership, and success; our process of "becoming." Living in a world where the stakes are so high for women, how can we become more aligned with our aspirations; between our intentions and actions, while increasing our capacity to become a high-performance leader. Join Senela for a thought-provoking conversation exploring how to overcome limiting beliefs and self-doubt, grow resilience, and build your capacity for leadership to convert challenges into new opportunities. Get inspired to take that bold step to shift your focus from awareness to action.
 
 
 

10:15 AM CET: Open Discussion & Networking
 

Moderators Part 1 Women in Innovation
 
Ask your questions, and share your challenges with experts and other participants! In this session, join roundtables moderated by experts on the below topics and network with peers. 
 
Roundtable Topics:
 
1. How to Step Into Leadership & Take Courageous Action
Moderated by Natalie Turner, Author of "Yes, You Can Innovate" and Inventor of The Six 'I's® of Innovation
 
2. Reinventing Yourself - A Leadership Perspective
Moderated by Senela Jayasuriya, Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global, Diverse Consultants (Pvt) Ltd and the WEG Global Academy
 
3. What Can Women Do To Help Prevent Innovation From Slipping Into the Dark Side?
Moderated by Bettina von Stamm, Innovation Philosopher/Story Teller/Catalyst at the Innovation Leadership Forum, Director of Awards Program at Katerva, and Advisory Board Member at GInI - Global Innovation Institute
 
4. Empowered Women - How Can We Ensure We Care for Ourselves So That We Can Care for Others?
Moderated by Hoa Nguyen-Adam, Research Consultant at Research and Communications Group, Anti-Human Trafficking expert at Global Initiative, Anti-Trafficking Specialist at SEA, and
Researcher at Ethical Trading Initiative
 
5. Embracing The Fear And Doing it Anyway… Embracing Risk to Drive Professional Development
Moderated by Susanne Miller, Director Government Affairs and Communications, GSK
 
6. "Your appearance does not match your position", a Sentence I Should Never Hear But I Still Do!
Moderated by Lina Alzate, Project Leader at HYPE Innovation
 
7. Imposters Only! This discussion is for those women who are inadequate, incompetent, or fraudulent - if only in your mind!
Moderated by Sarah Kelly, Senior Innovation Manager at Liberty Global, and The Boss at Sarah Says
 
8. Topic to be announced soon
Moderated by Dorothea Ernst, Founder of CelViva and Catalyst Sustainability at INFORM GmbH
 
9. How Do We Nurture Female Fresh Graduates/Young Talents To Build Them To Be Future Female Leaders in Organizations?
Moderated by Natalia Navin, Chief Human Resources Manager at Maxis

10. Open Innovation
Moderated by Oana-Maria Pop, Head of Open Innovation at HYPE Innovation
 


Part Two

March 9th, 12 PM - 2 PM EST

 
 

Sandra Fernholz, HYPE innovation

12:00 PM EST: Introduction

Sandra Fernholz, Head of Sustainability & Social Impact at HYPE
 
“When you lift up women, you lift up humanity.” – Melinda Gates
Innovation means shaping the future. If done right, it means creating a better tomorrow. We want to add our voices – and yours! – to create a fairer world. To inch closer toward that goal, Sandra and Natalie started the Women in Innovation initiative last year and were joined by amazing women in three inspiring panel discussions. This event is the continuation of our joint efforts, and we can’t wait to get started! 
Sandra will welcome and guide you through the event, ensuring you know everything you need to know to feel comfortable and get engaged. See you there!
 
 
Jeanette Uddoh

12:10 PM EST: Women for Africa's Future - The Role of Women in Science, Technology & Innovation

Jeanette Uddoh, Head of Innovation at Access Bank Plc
 
To be the Head of Innovation at the largest bank in Nigeria and Africa's leading bank by customer base and branch network, Jeanette had to face numerous challenges. These challenges inspired her to found "Africa Rising - Women in Innovation," a community of innovators championing the cause of neo-African and African women in innovation. Jeanette founded the organization in response to the gender and diversity gap in innovation, a topic she will address in her presentation through the following challenges:
•  Participation of women in Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa
•  Cultural myths of women representation in innovation
•  Mentorship, sponsorship, and visible female role models in innovation
 
 
 
Fabienne Jacquet

12:40 PM EST: Let's Challenge Innovation Myths - The Feminine Way!

Fabienne Jacquet, Disruptive Innovator and Author: VENUS GENIUS: The Female Prescription for Innovation
 
Fabienne will challenge the following myths in her presentation:
•  Innovation is reserved for the elite
•  Innovation has to be managed like a business (driven by the masculine priorities of effectiveness, performance, KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators), etc.) 
•  Emotions have no place in business; they don’t produce money
•  The female market is a ‘niche’ market, and women are happy with the products and services developed for them.
 
 
 
12:15 PM EST: Open Discussion & Networking
 
 
Moderators Part 2
 
Ask your questions, and share your challenges with experts and other participants! In this session, join roundtables moderated by experts on the below topics and network with peers. 
 
Roundtable Topics:
 
1. Women for Africa's Future - The Role of Women in Science, Technology & Innovation
Moderated by Jeanette Uddoh, Head of Innovation at Access Bank Plc
 
2. Let's Challenge Innovation Myths - The Feminine Way!
Moderated by Fabienne Jacquet, Disruptive Innovator and Author: VENUS GENIUS: The Female Prescription for Innovation
 
3. “This Seat Is For Her” – Empowering Girls of Today To Be Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow
Moderated by Gillian Ruan, Enterprise Innovation and Inventor Relations Manager at Mattel, Inc.
 
4."Your appearance does not match your position", a Sentence I Should Never Hear But I Still Do!
Moderated by Lina Alzate, Project Leader at HYPE Innovation
 
5. Building Stronger Workplace Collaborations by Engaging Men as Allies
Moderated by Lauren Miller, Senior Consultant, Global Collaboration & Innovation Management
 
6. Driving Innovation Through Employee Engagement
Moderated by Kathy Hills, Senior Director of Communications  and Engagement at University of California, Irvine
 
7. Leading With Empathy in the “Working From Home” Context
Moderated by Lucia Abugattas, Head of Change Management at Pacifico
 
8. How Embracing Fear Can Spark Innovation
Moderated by Arlette Palacio, CEO at SIP Group Consulting, Founder and CEO of Educology Hub, Board Member of Girls in Tech Dominican Republic
 
9. Topic to be announced soon
Moderated by Ninetta Kosswig, Director Professional Services North America at HYPE Innovation
 
10. Innovation Challenges: Navigating Role Ambiguity and Politics as a Woman
Moderated by Jennifer Dunn, Director of Customer Success US at HYPE Innovation