In recent years, we have witnessed the Millennial and Gen Z generations leading movements for societal and political change. With comparison being drawn to the protests of the 1960s, this movement could play a pivotal role in advancing towards a more equitable and just society. The Millennial and Gen Z generations are more diverse than past generations, and this shapes their perception, attitudes and actions towards racial and gender equity. Now making up the majority of the labor force and consumer base, their advocacy against systemic racism is transforming society’s approach to conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion.
A TV movie on the life of scientist Rita Levi Montalcini, a member of IWF Italy for many years until she died in 2012 at the age of 103, has been produced by Italian national radio and television (RAI), in collaboration with film producer Elide Melli, also a member of IWF Italy.
Rita Levi Montalcini won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1986 for her discovery of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). She led a difficult life, being Jewish at the time of persecution in Europe during the 1930s and 40s. When she enrolled as a student in the faculty of medicine in Turin, she was the only woman. As a woman working in a male-dominated environment, she needed a strong personality and determination to be recognized as she deserved. She continued her research work until a very old age, founding the European Brain Research Institute (EBRI).
With the change in leadership in the United States, it is a perfect time to discuss the Global Energy Outlook for the coming year. The world needs affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy. The crux of the challenge is finding the right balance without sacrificing any one for another. On November 12 we held a special session, The Global Energy Outlook Presented by Chevron. This candid dialogue focused on how COVID-19 has changed the energy outlook, the realities of the energy transition and new innovations that will change the future of energy and the entrepreneurial opportunities they offer.
First Australian Leader of Global Women’s Leadership Organization
November 12, 2020
Washington, D.C. – The International Women's Forum (IWF) announces Helen Rule as President of the IWF Board of Directors. The appointment of Rule, an expert in developing and implementing organizational re-designs, comes at a time of transition as IWF acts on its revised mission to advance women’s leadership and champion equality worldwide.
Helen Rule is Vice Chairman of the Imatech Group of Companies. Based in Europe with its largest branches in Australia, Imatech is a diversified products, industrial systems and services company. Prior to joining Imatech, Rule served as the Human Resources Director of Industrial Automation Control with Honeywell, Inc. As Director, she was responsible for the organizational re-design of the Industrial Automation business unit from a decentralized entity towards a single-unit covering 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Rule began her journey with IWF in 2000 as a Leadership Fellow, a program offering customized leadership training for female executives on their path to the C-suite. She has served on the IWF Board of Directors for six years, was a founding director of IWF Australia and advised on the development of IWF New Zealand. She stated, “I see three important reasons for being an IWF member: to connect as women, to grow as leaders and to embrace the future by assisting younger women. As President, I will work to sustain the values and sense of belonging that I cherish about IWF.”
Rule joins a Board of exemplary leaders from across the globe:
- Vice President: Carolyn Carter (USA – New York)
- Chair of the Audit, Finance Committee: Ana Muñoz (Spain)
- Reem Abu Hassan (Jordan)
- Rebecca Barfknecht (USA – Northern California)
- Shannon Block (USA – Colorado)
- Adriane Brown (USA – Washington State)
- Holly Cannon (USA – Washington, DC)
- Karen Caplan (USA – Southern California)
- Kathleen Carroll (USA – Chicago)
- Kimberly Cooper Jaqua (USA – Oregon)
- Silvia Dávila (Mexico)
- Dana Morris Dixon (Jamaica)
- Anne Doyle (USA – Michigan)
- Julie Goldstein (United Kingdom)
- Susan Hodkinson (Canada)
- Ruveni Kelleher (Australia)
- Nancy Laughton (Canada – British Columbia)
- Rosel Moxey (Bahamas)
- Maria Auxiliadora Patiño de Macias (Ecuador)
- Elisabeth Ourliac (France)
- Sandy Stash (Canada, Ghana and United Kingdom)
- Alison Taunton-Rigby (USA – Massachusetts)
“As someone who has a deep history with our organization, I know Helen is best suited to thoughtfully lead our community of global leaders during these unprecedented times,” said Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe, IWF’s CEO. “I am looking forward to working with her as we advance women’s leadership and champion equality worldwide.”
At International Women’s Forum, we are committed to advancing women’s leadership globally and locally. We champion equality worldwide. IWF has more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 32 nations on six continents as members. We answer high-achieving women leaders’ need for a community of diverse thinkers. We are shaping a future in which leadership has no gender and the next generation is inspired and equipped to transform the world. And we won’t stop until we get there.
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