WOMEN.FOR.SUSTAINABILITY - September 20th 2022


Sustainability lies at the intersection of economic growth, social equity and environmental protection. Even as women globally take steps towards implementing sustainability in various forms, they continue to face many challenges. In this year´s forum we seek to promote greater participation, inclusiveness, and visibility of women at all levels of the sustainability workforce. Our high-level speakers will point out actions to face the challenges that restrict women from entering this workforce and taking on leadership roles.



Women as powerful drivers of economic change


On October 6, 2021, the European Brand Institute in cooperation with UNIDO and partners such as: ÖBB, A1 Telekom, DiePresse, US Embassy, Refinitiv invited to the UNIDO headquarters for the 9th WOMEN LEADERSHIP FORUM, which was held again this year as a hybrid event due to COVID-19. The focus was on women as strong drivers of economic change shaped by the fourth industrial revolution. This year's forum aimed to show that positive change is possible when passion leads the way. Female leaders, experts and participants from all over the world met online and at the Vienna International Centre to exchange experiences and discuss how to strengthen the role of women and achieve gender equality.






(c) Katharina Schiffl

Das WOMEN LEADERSHIP FORUM ist eine Initiative des European Brand Institutes und wurde ins Leben gerufen mit dem Ziel, Women Leadership in Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft & Forschung, öffentlichen Institutionen und der Gesellschaft zu fördern, sowie erfolgreiche Frauen und Männer zu vernetzen um die Innovations- und Wirtschaftskraft Österreichs zu stärken.


Women Leadership Forum 2017, Sonja Kato, BM Pamela Rendi-Wagner, Renate Altenhofer, Chargé d'Affaires Eugene Young US Embassy
Women Leadership Forum 2016, Renate Altenhofer, Women Leadership Forum; H.E. Alexa Wesner, US Ambassador; Jasmin Taylor, JT Touristik; Kristin Hanusch-Linser, ÖBB; Anett Hanck, Heute
Women Leadership Forum 2015
Speaker, Panel, Women Leadership Forum 2017


WOMEN LEADERSHIP FORUM was initiated by European Brand Institute to promote Women Leadership in the fields of economy, science & research, public institutions, society as well as to connect successful women and men with the purpose of strengthening innovative and economic power in Austria.

Supervisory boards are changing: Mixed leadership as innovation boost with the purpose of strengthening the Austrian innovation power

Different surveys prove that involvement of female know-how in the economy would increase growth by approximately 30 per cent in the sectors where women are underrepresented.


How can we support women to approach terrains, which are dominated by men? The answer is by learning from the best. All of us: women, men, companies. What could help is female-friendly jobs, establishing networks for both child care and career-boosting activities.


Company executives talk about how your company contributes to the mentioned above. The reason for that is the fact that the one who gives wins. The working environment is changing. The one, who wants to be competitive, enables women to show their potential by diverse measures. Such activities include support in terms of private and respectively family life, internal women supporting programs and awareness rising in companies.


In the frame of WOMEN LEADERSHIP FORUM female and male leaders gather to discuss the latest developments and thesis on how to develop women leaders for a global market and best-practice companies share their initiatives in promoting women.

Women Leadership Forum, Mag. Renate Altenhofer, Initiatorin


Take the lead and be part of WOMEN LEADERSHIP FORUM!


Mag. Renate Altenhofer

Initiatorin I Initiator

Women Leadership Forum


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