Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Women on the World Stage

Day two of the conference opened with a panel titled “Women on the World Stage.” Participants were addressed by three leaders talking about their experiences and what they expect to see in the future. Oxana Balayan, Hogan Lovells managing partner in Moscow, asked the panelists about the tactics they use to navigate the economic landscape as well as advice they would give the future generation of leaders.

Vice President of Honduras, María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn shared her insight on managing the various stakeholders in a political environment. When asked if she ever finds herself having to tell people ‘no,’ she answered, “Part of being a leader means you have to say ‘no’ without using the word ’no.’”

Among the advice Sara Mathew, Chairman and CEO at Dun & Bradstreet Inc., offered the audience was to “take risks.” She went on to say, “you will fail, accept that. If you haven’t already failed you’re not pushing yourself hard enough.”

Katherine Weymouth, Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, gave the audience an insight into adapting an organization to the technological revolution, giving an insider’s perspective on the challenges the media industry faces in the light of new technology.

Women who hold senior positions in global companies facing real business challenges joined a dialogue on the global business environment.
Women who hold senior positions in global companies facing real business challenges joined a dialogue on the global business environment.

“What do women add to the leadership of global organizations?” – Emily Reid, Global Board Member and Partner at Hogan Lovells
“What do women add to the leadership of global organizations?” – Emily Reid, Global Board Member and Partner at Hogan Lovells

“Life is 1% what happens to you and 99% how you react.” – Sara Mathew, Dun & Bradstreet
“Life is 1% what happens to you and 99% how you react.” – Sara Mathew, Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.

The panelists addressed what it means to be a leader on today’s world stage.
The panelists addressed what it means to be a leader on today’s world stage.

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