In the year since we last convened the AppNexus Women’s Leadership Forum, the struggle for diversity and inclusion – in and out of the workplace – has only intensified.
As of August, women held just over 5% of S&P 500 CEO positions, and of those 26 female CEOs, PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi was the only woman of color. And though the U.S. senate added a female member in January, our highest legislative body is still dominated by men, in a 79-21 split.
In the technology and media industry, the case could be made that the situation has actually worsened. For as much as tech companies have stressed the importance of diversity and inclusion, a report released earlier this year by Silicon Valley Bank found that 54% of startups do not have a single woman in executive leadership – down from 46% in 2016. Meanwhile, leading firms like Facebook are still reporting that women hold fewer than 20% of their technical positions. In the midst of all of this, we’ve even seen an unsettling backlash against efforts towards a more equal industry.
Though there is certainly a long way to go, we are heartened by the passion and commitment of many organizations and industry leaders, working together to create real change. On November 9th, guests at the 2017 Women’s Leadership Forum will have the opportunity to hear from a number of them.
A who’s who of industry thought leaders
The Women’s Leadership Forum is AppNexus’ annual invite-only conference for current and aspiring leaders in the global digital community.
Throughout the day, our line-up of business, government, entertainment, and non-profit changemakers will share their personal journeys and provide actionable strategies to help guests effect meaningful change in their organizations, advance their careers, and create future generations of diverse, empowered leaders.
Below are just a few of the speakers attendees will hear from at the event…
See the full speaker line-up at www.appnexus.com/wlf2017.
Inspiration for motivated professionals
The Women’s Leadership Forum will dive into the challenges and opportunities organizations face as they look to increase diversity in leadership.
Guests will hear how the government of New York City is working to increase diversity in the technology and media & entertainment sectors, as well as how the advertising industry is taking strides to wipe out negative stereotypes in advertising.
Finally, speakers will explore expectations and goals that women can impose upon themselves that may actually inhibit their professional advancement – and how to recognize and alleviate them.
An opportunity to connect with other leaders
It is crucial to foster community, both among the existing leadership network and with rising industry stars. To this end, we have blocked time for guests to connect with professionals from across the industry, throughout the day and during our post-event cocktail reception.
A number of smaller interactive sessions will allow guests take a deeper dive into the issues together. These include executive roundtable discussions, lunchtime meditation, and a short film screening and discussion in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival.
Tools for taking action
Our goal is to go beyond discussion and debate and focus on specific tools and techniques that attendees can implement for themselves and in their organizations after the event.
This actionable advice will be delivered on topics such as “How to Be a Great Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,” “Smashing Harmful Stereotypes in Advertising,” and “Don’t Run from Opportunity, Run for Office.”
Guests will also have the opportunity to spend time with our event partners – Girls Who Code, Civic Hall, She Runs It, and Ellevate Network – and align on shared goals.
An inclusive environment
AppNexus wants every person who attends our event to feel comfortable and welcome spending their day with us. The AppNexus Women’s Leadership Forum will be supported by live captioning, an onsite mothers’ room, and gender inclusive restrooms.
Visit www.appnexus.com/en/wlf2017 to learn more.