2013 Global Summit of Women – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Record 1,100 Women Join 2013 Summit in Malaysia!


Global leaders meet in Kuala Lumpur, exchanging best practices to advance the economic success of women

PepsiCo CEO Discusses Business Leadership at 2013 Summit

Above: In dialogue with Summit President Irene Natividad, Indra Nooyi (CEO, PepsiCo – USA) advises women to speak up and be confident in pursuit of their professional goals


Above: H.E. Nguyen Thi Doan (Vice President of Vietnam), H.E. Atifete Jahjaga (President of Kosovo), H.E. Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak (Prime Minister of Malaysia), Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah binti Mansor (First Lady of Malaysia and Chair of the 2013 Summit), Irene Natividad (Summit President), Madame Keosaychay Sayasone (First Lady of Laos), and an enthusiastic global crowd at the Opening Ceremony.
(Photo courtesy of Fleishman-Hillard)

Quotas for Women Directors: A Debate

Executives: Why does gender diversity matter?

“Uniformity is a threat to any business!”

CEO panelists agree: Promoting women in corporate leadership is good business sense

Summit Slideshow

Summit Participants Say:

“What an impressive event! A big congratulations to you and your team. The whole event was so well- thought through, and every day was so colorful and meaningful — From presenters, to the topic of discussion which was so relevant, and all the events by our Hosts.”— Parnsiree Amatayakul,CEO, IBM Thailand “This was an amazing conference. The plenary sessions were dynamic and information rich, the break-out sessions were compelling and well-organized, the hospitality while in country was exceptional, and there was clear local support for the event. All in all, this was an informative Summit filled with rich opportunities to network.”— Kimberly Admire,VP, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity Programs, Lockheed Martin (USA) “This was the first time for me at a GSW, and certainly I plan to attend other Summits. I retire from the Corporate world next year and so many topics were so relevant to a woman at the edge of new adventures.”— Fatimah Merican,Executive Business Services Director, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia
“Thank you and the Summit for continuing to open my eyes and ears to new opportunities! I started coming as a corporate executive but now am an empowered and inspired entrepreneur. Women I met in the past who initially came as ministers or even assistants are now leading their nations. I never know who I will connect with, but with the Summit’s unique camaraderie, whoever she is, she will offer her support as I will offer her mine.”— Tess Mateo,Managing Director, Cx Catalysts (USA) “Congratulations and a huge thank you on a very successful summit. I must say I have enjoyed every minute of it – the plenary sessions and panels I attended were of a very high calibre, I have had so many wonderful conversations with fascinating people from countries where I have never been and am unlikely ever to visit. It’s very impressive how you managed to get all of these disparate parts to come together.”— Su-Mei Thompson,CEO, The Women’s Foundation (Hong Kong S.A.R.) “Before GSW 2013, I’ve participated in many international conferences. However, the impression of the GSW was more amazing than any others… I’ve experienced the impact and power of a real woman leader, Irene Natividad. You created the networking web and melting pot between women, generations, diverse cultures and religions. You never stop helping women to exchange their own solutions and problems to prepare and face the New 21st Century.”— Dr. Helena Yoon,Secretary General, UN-Habitat Korea Partnership for Urban Issues (South Korea)

What is the press saying about the 2013 Summit?


Thank you to all sponsors, speakers, participants, and our Malaysian hosts for an unforgettable experience.


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