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Newsletter February 2017
This Quarter's Committee Spotlight:

Education Committee

Every quarter we feature one of our Committees. This quarter it is the Education Committee, led by Adriana Ross-Maugourd. Click here to read more about the committee and the open volunteer positions. For more information about joining the Education Committee, please contact Sharon at

The Coca-Company Company Partners with LEAD Network

"The Coca-Cola Company's global diversity mission is to mirror the rich diversity of the marketplace we serve. Diversity is at the heart of our business. Women in leadership and gender diversity have long been a passion of mine. I am inspired by the amazing women in our industry and encourage those who want to lead to be empowered, authentic and driven by their values. We are proud to support the LEAD Network in its mission to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods sector in Europe.“

Julie Hamilton, Senior Vice President & Global Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer, The Coca-Cola Company


When we got to chatting, Leonie wasn’t afraid to share that her job was a means to an end. She was starting her own company on the side and wanted to learn how to work in a commercial environment first.

Click here to read the second part of the series. 

Gender Parity Musings in the Workplace is a three part series of water cooler narrative and gender research on the daily struggles that women face seeking opportunities to develop and succeed. These stories of junior to mid-level women offer leaders an understanding of what to consider when attracting, retaining and advancing inclusion in the workplace. The LEAD Network’s vision is a diverse workforce where both men and women are enabled to contribute their full potential and lead their organisations to the next level of value creation.
Retailer study:
Why Diversity Matters to Men

The LEAD Network study Success in Store about successful female store managers is followed by the 2017 study Why Diversity Matters to Men. The objective is to obtain a retail executive perspective on how to make the topic of gender diversity more relevant for men.
So far, nine retailers have committed to participate: Ahold Delhaize, ASDA, Carrefour, Costco Wholesale, ICA, Jeronimo Martins, Makro / Metro, Sonae, and Tesco. The study is led by EY and Kalypso. Results will be presented at the LEAD Network lustrum event in Amsterdam on November 3rd.
Retailers who would still like to join the study are welcome. Please contact

Sharing Best Practices Among Retailers

One of the strengths of the LEAD Network is the knowledge that is shared among its members based upon a vast array of experiences. A recent request was made by a retailer member of LEAD on how other companies are dealing with the topic of unconscious bias, and so a conference call was organized between three retailer representatives to understand how they have addressed this issue internally. This first ’trial’ call was a success, and will now be rolled out to more LEAD retail partner companies as a regular best-practice sharing opportunity on 'top of mind’ issues. 


LEAD Social Media Campaign

Celebrating International Women’s Day with us on Social Media
Every 8th of March, International Women’s Day celebrates womens’ achievements and honours support towards gender parity around the world. This year, the LEAD Network invites you to join us in sounding our voices for change.

Share with us #LEADforChange
Our campaign #LEADforChange unites our voices on social media and represents the diversity and strength of our members on this day. From Linkedin and Twitter to Instagram, we encourage you to share your support, stories and pictures on gender parity in the workplace. By including the hashtag #LEADforChange, we can keep up with all our members celebrating the special day.

5th Annual LEAD Network Event 2017

Dr Ilham Kadri, President, Vice President and Officer at Sealed Air Diversey Care, will be joining us in Amsterdam as one of our keynote speakers.
Ilham Kadri is a strong advocate for female leadership and she will share insights on how Diversey Care has embraced change to transform the company through diversity and digital innovation. Join Ilham and fellow LEAD members on November 2nd & 3rd in Amsterdam for our lustrum Network Event.

Inspirational journeys with Sam Simister

Meet Sam Simister, Global Supply Chain Director at Innoncent Drinks and Advisory Board Member of the LEAD Network and learn from her inspirational journey to leadership.
Click here to watch the video.

Turkey Chapter

LEAD Turkey Chapter Update
On Friday 9th of February, the members of the LEAD Turkey Chapter gathered to work on the roadmap of LEAD’s development in Turkey. The meeting was led by the Education Committee which is composed of experienced trainers, mentors and HR directors. The meeting began with an activity called “emotion cards“, whereby each participant chose a photo from a pile and was asked to use the image in that photo to describe where they see the LEAD Turkey Chapter two years from today. All 25 participants contributed by sharing their ideas on how to develop LEAD Turkey across different areas such as marketing and communication, events, membership, sponsorship, financial aspects and much more. The summary of the day will be shared at the next monthly meeting of the LEAD Turkey Chapter on 2nd March.

Germany Chapter
The next LEAD Germany Local Chapter Event will be taking place at Schenker’s head office in Essen on 22nd March 2017 from 5 – 8pm.
What's On The Agenda?
Fantastic insights into today’s supply chain challenges with:
  • Tom Schmitt, Member of the Board Contract Logistics & CCO Schenker AG, talking about Excellence
  • Christiane Piontek, Customer Relations Manager, Mars GmbH, talking about Collaboration in the Supply Chain
  • Dennis Farwick, Product Development and Sales Support for Schenker AG, and an expert from Kalypso, talking about Innovation 
Registration is essential for this event for security purposes, so please register via this link or email Jessica Wigram to receive the address and other details nearer to the event. The event is open to LEAD members only, please feel free to forward it to your network but encourage non-members to sign up to be a member of LEAD on our website.

The world took a big step forward to commemorate women’s achievements on the 8th of March. This year, we all take a bolder, stronger stride towards a gender equal workplace in Consumer Products & Retail. Let’s take a sneak peek at what some of our partners are doing on International Women’s Day.
This year, Ahold Delhaize celebrates International Women’s Day at their Zandaam headquarters. The day will begin by taking the Pledge to Create an Inclusive Workplace with remarks by Dick Boer, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman Management Board and Executive Committee, Ahold Delhaize & Abbe Luersman, Chief Human Resources Officer, Member Executive Committee, Ahold Delhaize. The day’s programme  Better Together to Create an Inclusive Workplace will feature keynote speaker SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, Dr. Michael Kimmel, who will deliver an address on Engaging Men to Support Gender Equality - and moderate an Executive Committee panel discussion on Diversity and Inclusion.
EY is sharing their determination to accelerate women’s progress this International Women’s Day. They call upon all of us both as a community and as individuals to take purposeful action and be bold for change. Through Women. Fast Forward and as a vital sponsor of the official International Women’s Day (IWD) campaign #BeBoldForChange, EY will be one of the key voices guiding and influencing corporations, non-profits, governments and schools to build a more gender equal world. Women. Fast Forward galvanizes all of EY’s efforts on behalf of women in the workforce, driving the economic argument for gender parity and calling for purposeful action to achieve parity sooner.
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