Women Making an Impact

Influence is a rare commodity, and women with power and influence even rarer. But that’s changing as Kristin Envig and Beth Krasna, panelists at the “Inspiring Women” evening conference in Geneva on March 4th, have demonstrated. Women can have a greater impact and there are several ways to do it  One method is to get active at the board level early on in your career.


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Beth Krasna is active on boards in fields as diverse as higher education, banking, and commerce. Another is to participate in professional social networks and get active. Kristin not only participates, she was an early entrant in the global business networking trend and she forged her own successful empowering women netowrking event and conference series seventeen years ago.

Kirstin Engvig’s WIN Conferences take place around the world each year.

There has never been a time in history when women have have been so qualified and have so many opportunities to make an impact as right now, according to INSEAD Alumni Association’s Kelly Richdale (INSEAD MBA ’99), an executive at ID Quantique, and organizer of the “Inspiring Women” event for INSEAD and IMD alums. She says that women are being encouraged to “lean in”, a phrase popularized by the title of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s business book published last year, which rallies well-educated women to stop holding themselves back in their professional lives. The book has sold 1.5 million copies, is currently number 7 on the NY Times bestseller list, and Sony just bought the film rights for it in January. There is an international women’s network springing up around it, as well as social impact project funding efforts.

Clearly, the ways women can “lean in” are many. One growing trend is through professional networking. No one knows that better than Kristin Engvig, founder of the W.I.N  conference series for women entrepreneurs, executives and influencers. Her network includes 30,000 opinion leaders and 150,000 members. The conferences which will be in Tokyo and Berlin this year are supported by the likes of Suntory, HP, IBM, Pepsico, and Unilever, among others.

Another way is to become an active board member as Beth Krasna does it in an incredible range of domains. She is active in commerce, serving on the board of COOP, a multi-billion dollar Swiss-based retailer and Raymond Weil, a global Swiss luxury watch brand, in finance (she’s a board member of Banque Cantonale Vaudoise), in sustainability engineering (board member Bonnard & Gardel Holding), in culture (member of the board of the Fondation en faveur de l’art choréographique), and in higher education (Beth is one four females on the ETH’s 12-member board).

Both of these inspiring and influential women will be on hand to share their experience, ideas, and vision on March 4. Register now on http://www.amiando.com/Inspiring_Women.html

05/02/2013 – GE: The Societal Value of an Enterprise by Roch Doliveux CEO UCB

Roch Doliveux, CEO of UCB

On “The Societal Value of an Enterprise”

Geneva, Thursday, May 2nd 2013, as of 6:00 PM

Dear Alumni,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to this unique evening conference featuring Dr. Roch Doliveux (INSEAD MBA’81) on the “Societal Value of an Enterprise”.

rochDr. Doliveux, as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of UCB – a leading global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Belgium – will share his views and lead the discussion on how companies can contribute and deal with society at a higher level.

Under Dr. Roch Doliveux’s 8 years of leadership, UCB has been transformed from a diversified group to a leading focused patient-centric biopharmaceutical company. Join us to learn about UCB’s case study and understand how Dr. Doliveux applied societal values as an essential part of this transformation:

Swissôtel Metropole, 34, Quai Général Guisan, Geneva

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm:  Registration and Welcome Drink

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm:  Conference Dr. Roch Doliveux

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm:  Networking & Dinner Cocktail

Price:  75 CHF (Alumni Members) / 90 CHF (Non Members, Guests)

Please register & purchase your tickets online before Friday April 26th 2013 by clicking on the link below:


Please note that after this date no cancellation will be possible, that the number of places is limited and that we will handle registrations on a first come first served basis. For any inquiries, please send an email to [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there,


Leila Ojjeh

President INSEAD Alumni Association Geneva

Jonas Larsson

INSEAD Alumni Association Geneva, committee member




Roch Doliveux is UCB’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee since eight years

. He joined UCB in October 2003 as Head of UCB’s Pharmaceutical business and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee. Under his leadership, UCB was transformed from a diversified group to a focused patient-centric biopharmaceutical leader recognized for its attractive growth prospects and rich pipeline.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of UCB, a member of the Board of Stryker Corporation in the US, a member of the Board of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Association (EFPIA), Chairman and member of the Board of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) which is a public-private partnership between the European Union and EFPIA, as well as a member of the Vlerick Business school. He also chairs the Caring Entrepreneurship Fund (King Baudouin Foundation), a philanthropic initiative which supports entrepreneurship in health and wellness. Doctor in Veterinarian Medicine from Maisons-Alfort (France), Roch Doliveux is also Laureate of the Faculty of Medicine, Créteil, and holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD (France). Roch Doliveux was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa degree of the University of Liège (Belgium) in October 2011 and was bestowed the title of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium in November 2012. He first joined the pharmaceutical industry with Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis) in Switzerland, Peru and France, and then with Schering-Plough Corporation in various positions in Belgium, France and the US, including President of Schering-Plough International. Before joining UCB, Roch Doliveux was Chief Executive Officer of Pierre Fabre Pharmaceuticals

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