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Women in Business: Debunking four Myths and Leveraging Skills Shortage for Gender Equality
Women in Business: Debunking four Myths and Leveraging Skills Shortage for Gender Equality

Tue, 12 Dec



Women in Business: Debunking four Myths and Leveraging Skills Shortage for Gender Equality

Join us to learn about and discuss the insights from two major 2023 Gender Balance sources: Women In The Workplace & Gender Intelligence Report. Plus, extend your network at the Apéro!

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Date & Venue

12 Dec 2023, 17:30 – 21:30

Zürich, Kirchgasse 14, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

About the event

Let's explore together the outcomes of these two Gender Balance reports:

The WomenInTheWorkplace report is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. It debunks four myths about women’s workplace experiences and career advancement.

Advance is the leading business association for gender equality in Switzerland, a network of 145+ Swiss-based companies committed to increase the share of women in management. Every year, together with CCDI they release the Gender Intelligence Report, which provides transparency on gender diversity development in the Swiss workplace. Watch the campaign movie here.

The event is for you if you want to:

  • Debunk myths about women in the workplace and hear key insights from the Lean In & McKinsey report (with focus on intersectionality).
  • Broaden your knowledge about the situation of women in the Swiss workplace, hear eye-opening numbers and understand how the skill shortage can play out to women's advantage.
  • Join an evening full of insights and meaningful conversations.
  • Connect with other inspiring women.
  • Learn about Lean In Switzerland, how to join and build your own support network​.


17:30: Doors open

18:00: Welcome speech by Lean In Switzerland

18:10: Women in the Workplace report 

18:40: Gender Intelligence Report 

19:10: Panel discussion

19:50: Apéro

21:30: Closing

Event speakers:

Christina Bachmann-Roth is a Co-CEO Fromagerie Amstutz SA, President of Die Mitte Frauen Schweiz, Member of the Board of Directors of alliance F - Bund Schweizerischer Frauenorganisationen, and a renowned speaker in politics and business.

Alkistis Petropaki is a General Manager of Advance - Gender Equality in Swiss Business since 2015. She has more than 20 years of management experience at international consumer goods companies such as L’Oréal, Nestlé, Mövenpick and Lindt. Before joining Advance, she was Country Manager Switzerland at Yves Rocher. Alkistis has a master's degree in management from ESCP-Europe as well as in German studies and psychology. She is married and mother of two teenagers. Through her involvement with Advance, she supports women in becoming architects of their own careers. She is convinced that the Swiss economy benefits sustainably from mixed-gender leadership teams.

Christian Pierce is a Program Manager at Competence Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, Assistant Lecturer at University of St.Gallen, intersectionality expert and a Co-Author of the Gender Intelligence Report 2023 that we’re going to discuss in the first part of the event.

Reshma Ramachandran is a Chief Transformation Officer, who has led business transformations for several Fortune 500 companies. She is s a senior advisor with BCG and serves on the board of Oxford Instruments, a FTSE 250 and ISS A/S a fortune 500 as a NED. She is an Innovative leader with 20+ years’ experience working in multi-cultural teams and geographies including the United States, Europe, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia. She brings a wealth of experience in digital & business transformation. An IIT, SPJAIN, IMD (Switzerland) and Harvard (USA) alumnus, she has navigated the corporate lattice by consistently re-inventing herself and breaking stereotypes. Her previous employers include Adecco, ABB, Alstom and Accenture.


Anna Stando

Anna Stando is a Co-Leader of Lean In Network Switzerland, independent DEI consultant, and a speaker, trainer, and facilitator of workshops and team days about diversity & inclusion, appreciation at work and gratitude for mental health.

Join us, we would love to have you with us!

The number of seats is limited.

PS: We will be taking pictures and recording a video of the event. If you don’t want to appear in these materials, please send us an email to prior to the event and mention this at the reception once you arrive, and you will be given a special seat.


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