CGE Executive Director participates in Women’s Business Conference
Dr. Lorna Wright, Executive Director at the Centre for Global Enterprise, recently returned from the 2016 Global Summit of Women held in Warsaw, Poland. The three-day summit was packed with over one thousand delegates from across the globe who gathered to promote the advancement of women’s interest in business.
In it’s 26th year, the Global Summit of Women has become one of the premier international events for sharing best practices and promoting further collaboration amongst the planet’s most distinguished female leaders in business, politics, culture and non-for-profits. This year’s theme, “Women, Building an Inclusive Economy in the Digital Age”, highlighted the challenge of ensuring that all women have fair access to the opportunities provided by the digital age.
In brief, technology can be a great catalyst to accelerate global gender equality. Access to technology can assist women with gaining employment and attaining higher levels of education worldwide. According to a recent report from the World Economic Forum, approximately 60 per cent of job openings now require at least basic digital or STEM literacy. There are also endless opportunities for online learning and in the emerging sharing economy that are now intrinsic to the digital age.
Learning to leverage the digital age’s tremendous value and building a more inclusive economy as set out by the 2016 Global Summit of Women is a vital step toward advancing the interests of women in business worldwide.