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3/5/2014 to 3/6/2014
When: 3/5/2014

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 WCD European Institute – Thought Starter

KPMG’s offices in Salisbury Square, London – March 5th and 6th , 2014


The word Europe comes from ancient Greek and means broad, wide-gazing.  WCD’s European Institute will be a historic gathering of women directors of corporations and large privately held companies – the top business leaders looking toward the future of their companies and corporate governance through difficult times.

This distinguished, half-day conference will be a high-powered ideas forum, exploring compelling trends on the minds of European directors.  WCD will be sharing what is working from WCD’s Global Nominating Commission and other relevant organizations (for further information on Global Nominating Commission, go to the WCD website) to place "boardable” experts – who are multi-talented, multicultural, and multi-gender.


WCD is the most powerful community of women corporate directors in the world. With over 2,500 members who serve on over 3,500 boards in 58 chapters on six continents, with 11 in Europe, WCD acts as a bold catalyst for thought leadership. WCD is a champion for women directors, a vital source of governance expertise, and has helped secure corporate and privately held company directorships for numerous women around the world. Our members are the global business elite – among the world’s most powerful and influential businesswomen from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. WCD has chapters in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, London, Milan, Netherlands, Rome, and Switzerland, as well as Turkey.

The combined market capitalization of the companies on whose boards the WCD members serve totals almost $8 trillion; if WCD were a country, its economy would be the world’s third largest, behind only the U.S. and China.


WCD’s European Institute will provide access to a community of like-minded women directors where we can share knowledge and experiences. The connections will enable members to provide references for each other. Directors will learn how to be more effective and influential.


Possible Panels:

•              From Heroes to Zeros – Several European companies have had rapid falls from grace.  How do/should boards react to shareholder pressure?                      

·                     Bloomberg: Euro Area Economic Outlook by Region – Inside and Outside the Eurozone and the 27 countries that comprise the EU.

·                     Harnessing the Power of EU Resources: Finance, Energy, Diverse Human Capital

·                     Harmonization of European Commission Rules to Improve the Regulatory Environment Allowing for Successful Competition in Global Markets – "The rules governing the four freedoms of movement – for goods, services, people and capital – are not, by themselves, sufficient to achieve the objectives of the Single Market. These objectives can be fully achieved only if national and European policies create a favorable climate for business to grow across borders. Firms need to be confident that they can compete on a level playing field and that appropriate legal structures exist to allow all businesses, whatever their size, to operate effectively across the EU.”

·                     Keynote Speaker or Conversation With - TBD


Roundtable Topics TBD (Samples below)

•              Reinventing the Social Contract with the Middle Class

•              What Questions Should Directors Be Asking to Assess the Risks of Growing Markets in Eastern Europe

·                 Best Practices and Skill Sets Needed for Key Committees: Compensation, Audit, Nominating and Governance and Risk

·                 Managing Succession in Family Businesses

·                 The Director’s Role in Developing Strategy

·                     What Directors Need to Know About Technology from Social Media to Mobile to Cyber-Terrorism

·                     Banking and Financial Markets 2014 Outlook: Greece and Cyprus, or Germany?


With Lead Sponsorship from Founding Partner, KPMG, and support from Founding Partner, Heidrick & Struggles, and Strategic Partners for the event, Bloomberg, this first of its kind forum will be far more than a conference. It will be a call to action, backed up with a toolbox of successful methods to expand the supply chain of great candidates for every type of board. The Institute will also share the latest articles, research and strategies, such as being a global director, and what skill sets are more crucial today than ever for boards and committees.  


This Institute will be held in London; the largest EU city and voted the best business city in Europe for over two d