Dear Advance supporters,
This newsletter is dedicated to the many interesting events that are in our calendar till the end of the year. Many inspiring speakers and topics – e.g. the event on November 30th with Michael Kimmel. We are very proud to have the “world’s preeminent male feminist” for this exclusive event here in Switzerland. Michael Kimmel is one of the top researchers on men and masculinity and will explain in his surprisingly funny way, why men should engage for gender equality at work and at home. Register for this event via our website and B.Y.O.B = Bring Your Own Boss!
Looking forward to seeing you at one of our next events!
Alkistis Petropaki

General Manger Advance Women

We are delighted to welcome the following new members to the Advance community:  LGT Capital, Alcon, Pfizer and Astrazeneca to the Advance community!
If you have a contact in a company that might be interested in becoming a member of Advance, please connect us with them. The more we are, the bigger the impact we can make!
Upcoming Advance events: 
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After a great Role Model Event @ Zurich on September 19, 2016, we would like to make you aware about the following interesting activities:
Role Model Event Pathways to breaking the glassceiling@ HSBC on September 22, 2016.
The famous glass ceiling: unfortunately it still exists in many companies. Four senior female leaders will talk about their career and give advice on do's and don'ts for the way to the top. In a panel discussion they will then exchange opinions on what individual women and men as well as companies need to do to break the glass ceiling in Switzerland. The event will be followed by a networking apéro.
Role Model Event @ Deloitte on November 2, 2016.
Business benefits of diverse leadership teams. A key competency for leaders in the global environment is the ability to lead diverse clients and teams, including managing unconscious bias effectively. During this evening we want to explore the key markers of inclusive leadership and strategize about how we can foster an environment where all voices are heard, valued and leveraged. 

Advance in the City on November 3, 2016, as of 18.00
Advance in the city is an informal get together and excellent opportunity to meet other members, network, exchange ideas and get to know each other even better, while enjoying an after work cocktail.
Advance in the city takes place on the first Thursday of every second month.

Men, women, leadership in the 21st century with Michael Kimmel on November 30, 2016 in Zurich. BYOB - Bring Your Own Boss! 
Michael Kimmel will discuss with 3 CEOs (male and female) what leadership in the 21st century means. The qualities of a successful leader have changed over the time and some so-called "female" attributes are becoming more and more important. What can men learn from women and vice-versa? And why is gender equality a win-win for both? 
Recommended partner events: 

Unconscious Bias Live Webcast @ PwC on September 22, 2016:
Unconscious Bias Live Webcast @ PwC with Harvard Professor on September 22, 2016. During PwC's Global Diversity Week, Harvard University professor Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, the preeminent global expert on how unconscious assumptions affect decision making, will give her compelling talk,  Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People  via an interactive live webcast. Drawing on scientific and social research, she will explain how implicit associations operate and how they can be changed and how we can make better business and people decisions.

Women in Procurement Event @  on October 5, 2016:
CIPS-CH Women in Procurement event on 5. October 2016 at Swiss Reinsurance Company. Procurement is playing an increasingly important role in public and private organizations and the topic of gender balance is climbing the agenda for enterprises wanting optimal talent mixes.

Mentoring the next generation of business women on October 6, 2016:
This event is organized jointly between Advance and 100 Women in Hedge Funds
Mentoring is a leadership imperative. With that in mind, you can explore ways to develop and maximize a mentoring relationship and master other professional skills at a half-day workshop and key note presentation. You will also have the opportunity to hear from experienced panelists about their experiences in climbing the corporate ladder. You will participate in several interactive round table discussions with expert mentors and executive coaches and network amongst your peers.  
Panel Discussion & Networking Session @ Ernst & Young on October 13, 2016: 
Ernst & Young together with INSEAD Executive MBA will offer in Zürich a Panel Discussion & Networking Session on Glass ceiling for female business leaders - the hurdles in ourselves with Professor Xiaowei Rose Luo, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise. One of the most powerful findings across social sciences is that perception may be different from reality, but nonetheless shapes individuals' ways of thinking, decision-making, and the macro organizational and social structures.

On November 8, 2016 the first Women’s Business Supper will take place at the Hotel Hyatt in Zürich. After ten successful years with the Women’s Business Conference, the Women’s Business Supper will offer a new and unique approach for diverse gender to network, learn from each other, interact and find common paths for the future.
The WORLDWEBFORUM, Zurich, January 24-25, 2017, by our partner beecom
Be part of the the fifth edition of the WORLDWEBFORUM on January 24-25 2017 and get inspired from the top international speakers. Meet Ed Catmull, Co-Founder & President of Pixar Animation Studios, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, Marian Goodell, Founding Member & CEO of Burning Man Festival and 15 more Speakers. The Who is Who of the Swiss business-world come together for sharing knowledge and experiences at the leading swiss business conference for digital transformation & leadership.
For more information about the event, please visit
For more information, please contact our Office Manager, Claudia Solanes, at or visit our website 
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