Press invitation: Women in the World Economy Forum – Women as entrepreneurs

Research indicates that stimulating entrepreneurship among women is necessary for continued innovation, and to combat poverty and contribute to global economic growth. The Forum, held at Saïd Business School, will address issues of employment, investment, consumption, and philanthropy, and explore the requirements for building a business environment conducive to successful women’s enterprises in countries around the world.

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Women’s entrepreneurship is a force for change that few of us as yet fully appreciate. Creating an environment in which women bring fresh ideas to new businesses will be key to growth everywhere in the world, during the 21st century.

(PRWEB UK) 26 April 2013

POWER SHIFT - WOMEN CHANGING THE GAME
Inaugural theme: Women as Entrepreneurs
20-21 May, 2013

You are invited to join the inaugural Women’s Forum at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford on the theme of Women as Entrepreneurs.

Research indicates that stimulating entrepreneurship among women is necessary for continued innovation, and to combat poverty and contribute to global economic growth.

This Forum will address issues of employment, investment, consumption, and philanthropy, and explore the requirements for building a business environment conducive to successful women’s enterprises in countries around the world.

In order to guide future efforts by companies, governments, and entrepreneurs, the Forum will focus on identifying important gaps in knowledge about the motivations and obstacles surrounding women’s entrepreneurship. The discussion will focus on true challenges to unearth important underlying constraints, to identify genuinely successful programmes, rather than operate under conventional assumptions.

An invited international group of policy makers, corporate leaders, academics, and entrepreneurs will convene for the purpose of outlining a global action plan for governments, NGOs, and companies that want to support women’s entrepreneurship around the world.

Keynote speakers include:

  •     Cherie Blair, CBE. Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women which is doing clear-eyed, far-reaching work on training entrepreneurs in developing countries
  •     Wu Qing, Founder, Beijing Cultural Development Center for Rural Women, a tireless activist for women’s rights
  •     Muna AbuSulayman, the first Saudi UN Goodwill Ambassador, the first Saudi woman to become a media personality and an entrepreneur with her own fashion line.

Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of Saїd Business School said: "Women’s entrepreneurship is a force for change that few of us as yet fully appreciate. Creating an environment in which women bring fresh ideas to new businesses will be key to growth everywhere in the world, during the 21st century."

A number of the sessions are open to press.

Monday 20th May 14:00:    Keynote speech: Opening Opportunities for Women and Girls in RuralChina
                                         Wu Qing, Founder, Beijing Cultural Development Center for Rural Women.

Monday 20th May 17:30:     Oxford Union debate: This house believes that earning a living is
not entrepreneurship
                                         •    Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School
                                         •    Professor Susan Marlow, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Nottingham Hayden Green Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
                                         •    Maggie O’Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, The Women’s Organisation
                                         •    Moderator: The Honourable Michael J Beloff QC Blackstone Chambers
                                         •    Tamara Box, Head of Structured Finance, Reed Smith
                                         •    Penney Frohling, Partner, Financial Services, Booz & Co
                                         •    Averil Leimon, Director, White Water Group

Tuesday 21st May 09:00:      Welcome and keynote speech: “Technology for women's
enterprise development: perceptions and practice” - Cherie Blair, CBE. Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Tuesday 21st May 15:45:      Keynote interview: Under Wraps: Fashion and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia - Muna Abusulayam, Media personality, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and entrepreneur

For more information on other speakers and the full agenda, please see here. Many of the sessions are operating under Chatham House Rules.

Many of the speakers will be available for interview, including: Wu Qing, Cherie Blair, Muna Abusulayman, and female entrepreneurs from both the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programme in China, and from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme.

Participants will work together to identify unanswered questions, best practices, and new challenges. The result will be a research agenda that can advance opportunities for women entrepreneurs, enhancing global growth and well-being. Findings and recommendations emerging from the Forum will be available after the event on Saïd Business School’s website.

For further information or to join the Forum, please contact the Press Office:

Clare Fisher, Head of Public Relations,
Mobile: +44 (0) 7912 771090; Tel: 01865 288968
Email: clare.fisher(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk

Josie Powell, PR Coordinator,
Mobile +44 (0)7711 387215; Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288403
Email: josie(dot)powell(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk or pressoffice(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk

Notes to editors

About Saïd Business School

Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is one of Europe’s youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools with a reputation for innovative business education. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education and research. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organisational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world. In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2012) Saïd is ranked 12th. It is ranked number one in the UK (7th worldwide) in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 2012) and 24th in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2013). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 4th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (June 2012). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2012) and has ranked first in eight of the last nine years in The Times. For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/


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