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Gender, Power, and Emotions in the Workplace

Date: 28 August 2023, 19:00 - 21:30

Venue: Karl der Grosse, Kirchgasse 14, 8001 Zurich

Emotions can be one of our most valuable assets in our fast paced and challenging workplaces and a driving force behind performance. Join Natalie Boudou and our guest panellists Hajar El Haddaouni, Mara Harvey & Fungai Mettler as they explore the power of emotions for leadership. We will also take a deep dive into gender and emotions, looking at the challenges that women may face as they navigate stereotypes and myths around emotions at work. 


During this event you will: 


  • Understand how emotions can be our most valuable assets at work.

  • Gain strategies to work with your emotions and the emotions of your team effectively.

  • Learn from senior professionals about the role that emotions have played in their careers.

  • Gain insights and tips to overcome biases and express emotions more confidently at work.

  • Connect with our wonderful community of Lean In Switzerland, learn something new, and make new friends! 




17:30 - 18:00: Door open

18:00 - 18:10: Welcome by Lean In Switzerland 

18:10 - 18:40: Keynote speech by Natalie Boudou

18:40 - 19:30: Panel discussion with Hajar El Haddaouni, Mara Harvey & Fungai Mettler and moderated by Anna Stando 

19:30 - 19:40: Closing by Lean In Switzerland 

19:40 - 21:30: Apéro 


Our Speakers: 


Natalie Boudou


Natalie Boudou is the author of the bestselling book “ HumanForce: The Power of Emotions in a Changing Workplace”, which has been featured in Forbes, Stylist and HR Director. The book looks at how, in fast-paced and challenging workplaces, emotions can be one of our most valuable assets and a driving force behind performance. 


Natalie is also a sought-after speaker, specialising in emotional intelligence at work, health and wellbeing at work and all areas pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion. She has spoken on many topics related to leading in a changing business world including creating and maintaining cultures of belonging, recognition and care in the workplace. She has participated in forums and associations dedicated to promoting female leadership and has enjoyed collaborating with several educational schools working with students to build their emotional intelligence skills. She is an engaging TEDx Speaker.


Natalie is a highly experienced and versatile professional with over 30 years’ experience in the corporate world. As CEO and Founder of HumanForce she works closely with leaders and teams to unleash the potential and strength of their human capital. She has worked closely with multinationals from a variety of sectors including Pharma, FMCG, Sports and Luxury and also various UN organisations.


Hajar El Haddaouni


More information to follow soon


Dr. Mara Catherine Harvey


More information to follow soon 


Fungai Mettler


Fungai Mettler is a multi-passionate social impact driven professional on a mission to help people and organizations to make a positive impact in their communities. She has spent the last decade driving social impact in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through various roles in academia, non-profit organizations as well as through the private sector. She currently serves as the Social Business Innovation Director for Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EEMEA) at MSD. Her work includes integrating health equity and health systems strengthening into the business as well as driving global impact giving and ESG strategy development and implementation in EEMEA. 


She is at the precipice of completing a doctoral degree at Geneva Business School, that is exploring the relationship between business decision making and ESG and assessing it’s influence in creating shared value. 


Fungai is also a co-Founder and Director at SwiZim Trust which is an organization supporting the marginalized communities through strategic partnerships that foster innovation. She is a board member at Conscious Influence Hub and Friends for Matibi – which are organizations driving equity and social impact. In 2022 Fungai was named Woman Investor of the Year by Inyova, a company aimed at creating a more sustainable world through investing as a recognition for her commitment to impact investing.




Anna Stando


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

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