The 2016 Global Symposium



Barnard College Presents 
The Eighth Annual
Global Symposium 

Women Changing Europe

Friday, March 18, 2016
The Westin Paris-Vendôme 
Paris, France



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In its exciting eighth year, the Global Symposium traveled for the first time to Europe. On March 18, Barnard College gathered together in Paris a group of prominent leaders from across the region to discuss some of the current events and rapidly changing policies that are influencing women’s roles throughout Europe.

Program Details 

10:45-12:00       Rise to the Top: The Landscape of Leadership

In its most recent Global Gender Gap report, the World Economic Forum found that only 28% of leadership roles worldwide are held by women, even though more and more research shows that gender parity in the workplace benefits both women and men. Our panelists will discuss the ways that governments and corporations across Europe are approaching this issue—whether by passing legislation that mandates gender quotas or by developing new corporate policies for succession—and consider the successes and challenges involved in creating new opportunities for women leaders.

Alessia Mosca, Member of European Parliament, Italy
Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management and head of the strategy and international group, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
Réjane Sénac, CNRS tenured researcher at the Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po (CEVIPOF), and President of the Parity Commission of the High Council for Gender Equality
Moderator: Debora Spar, President, Barnard College

Keynote address: Célia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of Paris

Changing Shape: Gender and the Fashion Industry

Women seem to be everywhere in the worlds of fashion and beauty, whether on runways or on editorial boards. What role are they playing in the direction of these industries? Our panelists will reflect on the ways that fashion designs, products, and publications have shaped expectations of gender roles in society, and explore the possibilities for fashion and gender in the 21st century.

Opening Remarks: Philippe Fortunato, CEO, Givenchy Couture

Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London
Philippe d’Ornano, President, Sisley Cosmetics
Philippe Fortunato, CEO, Givenchy Couture
Pamela Golbin '92, Chief Curator of Fashion and Textiles, Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Moderator: Caroline Weber, Associate Professor of French, Barnard College

The Policy Shift: Workplace and the Family

Last July, the European Commission officially withdrew its draft Maternity Leave Directive (in progress since 2008), promising a broader and more effective initiative. What progress has been made elsewhere in Europe for working parents—such as maternity leave, paternity leave, and other family-oriented programs—and are these social policies creating a model for the rest of the world? Our panelists compare the range of benefits available to families throughout Europe and consider the effects of such policies on gender roles both in and out of the workplace.

Willem Adema, Senior Economist, Social Policy Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Inés Alberdi Alonso, Professor of Sociology, Universi Complutense de Madrid; former Executive Director, United Nations Fund for Women
Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir, Director, The Icelandic Centre for Gender Equality
Luciana Nunez, CEO, Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition in the U.S.
Moderator: Kathryn Kolbert, Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard College



Women Changing Europe is sponsored in part by the generous support of


Please note that this program is subject to change.