Leading Together NOVA SBE Conference – February 20

“Companies in the top-quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 21% more likely to outperform their national industry median on EBIT margin and 27% on EP margin”

“In Portugal, a woman has a chance of becoming a CEO which is 15 times smaller than a man”

“Only 24% of employees believe their CEOs consider diversity one of their top-10 strategic priorities”

These are some of the key conclusions of the study “Achieving gender balance in leadership – why and how” presented by Maria João Ribeirinho, Partner of McKinsey & Company, at the Leading Together Conference last week.

The Leading Together Conference held on February 20 at Nova SBE was a success, with more than 200 people present and a unique opportunity to bring top executives and business leaders together to discuss the importance of gender-balanced leadership in the light of the latest research findings led by McKinsey & Company and INSEAD.

Sadia Khan (President, International Alumni Association) presented Sonae Capital with an award as the nº1 company on the Leading Together Index.

The conference and the studies have since been covered in various media platforms – Sic Notícias, Expresso, Jornal Económico, among other – and we hope the discussion does not stop here!

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2018 INSEAD Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony

Congratulations to our 2018 INSEAD Entrepreneurship Awards winners!

A fantastic turnout of nearly 100 guests filled the venue this latest 31st of January, for the ceremony of the VIII edition of the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Awards in Portugal.

The 2018 INSEAD Entrepreneurship award winner is Paulo Stricker and company Stricker.

The Social Entrepreneurship Award winner is Antonio Bello and company Just a Change.

The runner-ups for each category are:

Entrepreneurship award: BBG, Nonius

Social Entrepreneurship award: SAPANA, Transformers


INSEAD NAA Portugal would like to thank the members of the jury:

João Castello Branco (President of the Jury), SEMAPA

Filipe Santos, Visiting Professor INSEAD
Carlos Azevedo, IES

Jorge Portugal, COTEC
Fernando Amaro, Caixa Económica Montepio Geral
João Ricardo Moreira, NOS
Catarina Soares, INSEAD Alumni Association
Rita Gonçalves, INSEAD Alumni Association

The sponsors of the award:

NOS SGPS Deloitte Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

The partners of the award:

GS1 aicep Portugal Global COTEC Portugal Expresso EDIGMA

And INSEAD Professor Adrian Johnson, responsible for the YFCD course, who gave a special talk about entrepreneurship challenges, with the main message: “(1) Celebrate failure (2) Reward success (3) Punish inaction”.


Congratulations to all winners and runner-ups!