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There is a growing trend to make gender-equality a key strategic success factor for many companies. In recent years, a lot of research has been done focusing on this topic and all with similar results: WOMEN MATTER! found that companies with a gender- equity business culture are 15% more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians.  And a states that more women means more profit for the businesses. In short, women are valuable assets for every company.

SAP is a key supporter of gender- equality in the workplace and has been devoted to optimizing its workforce diversity for a long time. In fact, SAP’s Business Women’s Network (BWN) just celebrated its 10 year anniversary. SAP’s goal for 2017 is to engage 25% of women in leadership positions. You can find more detailed info for SAP and women empowerment at the SAP Women Forward Community which “We wanted also to proudly share that recently SAP won the “2017 Best Employer For Women” award at the 2017 Her Village International Forum.

The latest event organized by the Business Women’s Network was the “Women’s Luncheon Event” at the 2017 Ariba Live Conference in Las Vegas. It was a very inspiring event hosted by Alicia Tillman, CMO at SAP Ariba. The most important discussion points were to project the tomorrow, build community and inspire change to lead to a purposeful business strategy. Attendees had the chance to get to know the journeys, success and empowerment of two powerful female leaders, Michele Promaulayko, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, and Lisa Skeete Tatum, Co-founder of Landitstated Lisa Skeete Tatum in her motivational speech. She is changing the way women approach their careers through SAP CEO Bill McDermott also had an important message to share. As always his motivational speech was a speech to remember on inspiring women all around the world to take risks before they feel ready for it. His advice was as follows: "Don't dummy down the dream. Design it on your own terms."

After Las Vegas our next great event for women will be the “Women in Chemical Reception” during the “Best Practices for Chemicals Conference”, April 4-6 in Houston. There will be an uplifting panel discussion with two powerful female CIOs as guest speakers, Delaney Bellinger - Chief Information Officer at Huntsman Corp and Laura Tibodeau, Chief Information Officer for Americas Styrenics, who will share their lifetime experience in empowerment, mentoring and the 3 E-s: expose, experience and expectation. There is still time to register! Maybe we will see you there?


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