Jeddah to host Kingdom Women in Leadership Forum Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Lolowah Al Faisal

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Published December 26th, 2010 - 04:10 GMT

HRH Princess Lolowah Al Faisal, vice chair and general supervisor of the board of trustees of Effat University, Jeddah, has announced her patronage of the naseba's Kingdom Women in Leadership (WIL) Forum to be held on December 7th - 8th 2010 at Park Hyatt in Jeddah, at which she will deliver the opening speech.

The groundbreaking WIL Forum, organised by business information company naseba in partnership with the STAR Group (Saudi Trading and Resources Co. Ltd), is an invitation-only event, dedicated to women and their development in the community. It will unite an inspirational line-up of influential women from across the Kingdom to discuss and celebrate their emerging role in today's competitive society.

HRH Princess Lolowah Al Faisal, renowned for her extensive involvement and dedication to women's education, social and family welfare, commented on the two-day Forum saying: "This is an excellent opportunity to create economic roundtables where women can examine their role in the economy and develop entrepreneurial skills as well as their input in family businesses. I truly believe that forums such as this will help pave the way for the future of women in the Kingdom."

The forum is based on five essential pillars, all central to the development of women in leadership in Saudi Arabia: government, finance, knowledge, commercialisation and support. Based on these elements, the forum will touch on a number of topics to outline success strategies for women in entrepreneurship and family business.

Commenting on the enhancement of businesswomen in Saudi Arabia, Sophie Le Ray, naseba's Chief Executive Officer, said: "By focusing on laws and legislation that encourage women to succeed, discussing finance options, emphasising the importance of diversifying women's education to include science and engineering, and opening up training opportunities, whether in market economics, selling skills, or building business plans to execute a profitable business, the Kingdom WIL Forum will give women the confidence and tools they need to go further."

Discussions at the Kingdom Women in Leadership Forum will cover a broad range of topics including successful entrepreneurship, leadership styles, business finance and wealth management, expanding the role of women in society to build powerful economies, life coaching and the art of negotiation, enhancing the role of women in the community, innovative marketing and PR, best practices in HR, micro-credit financing for economic prosperity, globalisation of leadership knowledge through education, creating gender balanced businesses, establishing an identity for Saudi women in the global business world, and the contribution of women to the family business.

The forum will also host Kingdom WIL Awards that will recognise leading women from across the Kingdom. Nominations for the awards are open to women in leadership positions.

In addition to the Jeddah event, the Women in Leadership Forum is being held in the United Arab Emirates, India and Malaysia.

About Women in Leadership (WIL)

Naseba's Women in Leadership (WIL) is a business networking and experiential knowledge-sharing platform for successful businesswomen. WIL supports women development and enhancement of their role in society and workplace. Featuring exclusive and high profile forums, WIL engages women leaders representing diverse industries through key-note speeches, interactive discussions, networking sessions, educational workshops and recognises their achievements through award ceremonies.

WIL works in partnership with leading media, associations and government authorities including: Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, Dubai Businesswomen Council, Sharjah Businesswomen Council, Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, CNBC Arabiya, Khaleej Times, Bloomberg-UTV, International Herald Tribune, Confederation of Indian Industry, The Wall Street Journal Asia, Ras AlKhaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Grant Thornton, and French Business Group among others.

Upcoming WIL forums include:

  • WIL Forum, In partnership with Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council

 November 23rd – 24th 2010, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates,

  • Kingdom WIL Forum, Under the patronage of HRH Princess Lolowah Al Faisal

December 7th – 8th 2010, Jeddah – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

  • WIL Forum Asia, Under the patronage of H.E. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, Wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia

February 22nd – 23rd 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia,


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