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Women only make up 24 percent of board directors and serve as CEOs at just 27 S&P 500 companies. They remain underrepresented in corporations throughout Latin America, holding only 8 percent of executive committee positions and 5 percent of board positions.
|"I leave inspired and certainly will pass this inspiration in the actions with the 200,000 women entrepreneurs from my network."
– Entrepreneur Ana Fontes, founder of Rede Mulher Empreendedora, after our 2015 conference in São Paulo, Brazil.
With that in mind, in 2012 Americas Society/Council of the Americas started the Women’s Hemispheric Network to encourage rising young professional women between the ages of 22 and 35 to stay in the workforce and reach leadership positions. The Network launched in October 2012 at a New York workshop featuring then-Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet and former First Lady of Mexico Margarita Zavala.
Building on that success, the Network went global in 2013, hosting a series of events across the Americas, including in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, and Miami. Since it began, the Network has traveled to nine cities across the Americas.
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June 26, 2020
WHN hosted INCAE Professor Dr. Susan Clancy, who presented data on the changes in female representation in leadership across the private and public sectors, focusing on Latin America....
November 20, 2019
“El secreto mejor guardado es la ambición de las mujeres”, dijo Paula Santilli de PepsiCo en su discurso de apertura....
November 20, 2019
El panel de líderes de AT&T México, J.P. Morgan México, BlackRock México y Orbia abordó los desafíos que las parejas profesionales enfrentan....
October 17, 2019
“In every way, drive change,” said Marian Salzman of Philip Morris International in her keynote address....
October 19, 2017
"If men don't want to believe women are a business opportunity, they are leaving money on the table," said the president and CEO of Grupo Diarq....
LatAm in Focus: Giving Women the "Right Space to Thrive"
Thursday, February 15, 2018
How does the #MeToo movement help expand dialogue about women in the workforce? University of Miami’s Felicia Knaul and AS/COA’s Susan Segal share views from the spheres of public health and finance. ...
LatAm in Focus: Cambiando la cultura machista de América Latina
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Violeta Domínguez de la CAF habla del estado actual del liderazgo femenino luego de los “años de oro” que tuvo la región....
October 30, 2015
Who encouraged you in your career? What advice would you give to yourself as a young professional? We asked attendees at our recent Women's Hemispheric Network conference....
March 31, 2015
A ex-senadora conta sua história e fala sobre como a política pode melhorar com maior participação das mulheres. ...
July 02, 2014
Learn more about the network's efforts to empower women. ...