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Using the Power of Partnership to Drive Sustainable Change Presented by Primark, Part of Associated British Foods

In countries around the world, cotton is woven into the fabric of everyday life. While the fabric is used for everything from high fashion to hospital dressings, its cultivation can be harsh on the environment. Another issue: cotton farmers have historically been poorly compensated for their efforts. Can these two problems be addressed at the same time?

Through its transformative initiative, the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme is proving that producing cotton can be both more sustainable AND provide economic empowerment to women. The program trains farmers across India and Pakistan in more sustainable farming practices, decreasing water, chemical pesticide and fertilizer usage and improving the farmers’ livelihoods through increased income.

Using the Power of Partnership to Drive Sustainable Change Presented by Primark, Part of Associated British Foods
Using the Power of Partnership to Drive Sustainable Change Presented by Primark, Part of Associated British Foods

International Women's Day: A Conversation with the Rt. Hon. the Baroness Brenda Hale Of Richmond DBE

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International Women’s Day is the perfect occasion to come together in celebration of the IWF sisterhood and to hear from a powerful woman whose work has had a transformational impact. We are pleased to invite you to view something truly special - International Women's Day: A Conversation with the Rt. Hon. the Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond DBE.

As the first woman to serve as the President of the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court, Lady Hale is a celebrated legal trailblazer. From her significant role in landmark reforms to her continuous championing of women in traditional institutions, Lady Hale’s dedication to gender equity legislation and rulings has transformed the United Kingdom’s legal system. Fittingly, the motto she chose when appointed a Law Lord in 2004, translates from Latin to “women are equal to everything”. Naina Bajekal, Deputy International Editor and Editorial Director of Newsroom Development at TIME, will join Lady Hale in conversation.


This exclusive session is a fitting introduction to IWF’s Virtual Cornerstone Conference: Change in the Face of Challenge, which ties into the theme of International Women’s Day: Choose to Challenge. We are excited that the conference is being held during Women’s History Month.

International Women's Day: A Conversation with the Rt. Hon. the Baroness Brenda Hale Of Richmond DBE
International Women's Day: A Conversation with the Rt. Hon. the Baroness Brenda Hale Of Richmond DBE

Catalyzing a Strong Black Economic Base - Madeleine Féquière

  Episode 15 of the podcast features IWF Canada member Madeleine Féquière, the Corporate Credit Chief for Domtar. She joins IWF Global board member and Game Changers host Anne Doyle to discuss the importance of creating collective wealth within the Black community, how the killing of George Floyd served as a catalyst for the creation of the Black Opportunity Fund in Canada and tips on how board members can support equity and inclusion throughout the world.

 

Catalyzing a Strong Black Economic Base - Madeleine Féquière
Catalyzing a Strong Black Economic Base - Madeleine Féquière

The Importance of the Fellows Program - An Interview with Kathy Checchi and Terza Lima-Neves

IWF has officially opened its application for the 2021-2022 Fellows Program; submissions are due June 1.

Each year, IWF invests in making women stronger, smarter and more influential through its Fellows Program, a year-long, intensive leadership development experience. Since the program was established in 1994, IWF annually convenes approximately 35 Fellows from around the world for a total of 20 days. Featuring academic partnerships with Harvard Business School and INSEAD, the program offers world-class leadership training and mentoring for high-achieving women leaders on their path to the C-suite.

Funding for the Fellows Program is provided by the nominating organization or IWF Forum (or a combination thereof) and self-pay; the Foundation also provides partial/full scholarship funding, if available.

Below is an interview featuring former Board Director, Kathy Checchi, about the importance of the Fellows Program and her endowed scholarship fund. The Fellow that Kathy is supporting this year, Terza Lima-Neves, Professor of Political Science at Johnson C. Smith University, joins us as well.

If you believe we should target an organization in your community, or you know a woman leader that should be a Fellow, please contact Jessa Cooke at [email protected] She can also answer questions on how your Forum might engage in this opportunity or how you can endow a Fellows Program scholarship.

Kathy Checchi

Former Board Director and Fellows Program Mentor

 

Terza Lima-Neves

Professor of Political Science at Johnson C. Smith University

The Importance of the Fellows Program - An Interview with former Board Director, Kathy Checchi
The Importance of the Fellows Program - An Interview with Kathy Checchi and Terza Lima-Neves

The COVID-19 Vaccine: How the Race Was Won and What Comes Next

One year later, COVID-19 remains front and center in our lives. It continues to impact the ways we work and live and is still the center of conversation amongst our friends, families, colleagues, the media and our elected officials. Six months ago, Susan Silbermann participated in an IWF session where she shared how Pfizer was responding and what she had learned as the leader of the company’s Global COVID-19 Task Force. Now with a vaccine launched, Susan will join us again to reflect on where we are now, how we got here and where we are going with COVID vaccines.

On Wednesday, February 3, we held a special session - The COVID-19 Vaccine – How the Race Was Won and What Comes Next. Please see the recording below. 

The COVID-19 Vaccine: How the Race Was Won and What Comes Next
The COVID-19 Vaccine: How the Race Was Won and What Comes Next
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