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Executive Development Roundtable

Executive Development Roundtables, produced by the International Women’s Forum with leading corporations and governments around the world, offer seminars customized for organizations sharing IWF’s dedication to developing women’s executive leadership. Executive Development Roundtables are designed to motivate and inspire women with the potential to become leaders and to introduce regional rising stars to an international array of perspectives and leadership styles.

Reinforcing best practices in management, innovation and communication, Executive Development Roundtables improve the retention of women with the potential to become high-performing executives by providing them with the opportunity to be recognized and engaged in a singular professional growth and global leadership experience. IWF delivers Executive Development Roundtables worldwide while adapting them to local cultures.


Unpacking its mission all over the world, IWF is proud to present historic China EDR 2013 created for the first time in collaboration with the All-China Women’s Federation.

Beijing, China
March 27 – 28, 2013

 China EDR 2013 held in Jianguo Garden hotel on March 28–28, 2013 in Beijing is the first-of-its-kind executive development program to take place in China. China EDR 2013 was custom-designed for rising women of high potential  and created to specifically address the needs of Chinese women. 

Merging global skill and inspiration with local talent at the highest levels of business, academe, government and private enterprise, the two-day, intensive program featured  international powerhouses as well as leading Chinese women pioneers in business, technology, government and more. 

IWF Delegation was also priviliged to meet with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao. 

Vice President Li Yuanchao of PRC met with the IWF delegation, headed by President Deedee Corradini, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  The meeting was also attended by President of the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) Chen Zhili, Vice President and First Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF Song Xiuyan, IWF Treasurer Sein Chew and Past President Esther Silver-Parker.





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IWF celebrates its first Executive Development Roundtable in Brazil 

In December 2012, IWF delivered one of its customized Executive Development Roundtable programs for a diverse audience of 70 rising women leaders in Sao Paulo.  This exciting program, championed and sponsored by Walmart, served the needs of Brazil’s emerging female talent.   IWF members and distinguished leaders from six nations on four continents were featured as speakers sharing their expertise, insights and lessons for the benefit of this new generation of women leaders.   This powerful idea exchange and networking forum gave participants a uniquely IWF experience to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by Brazil’s executives and global leaders today and the changes that lay ahead.


Andrea Cruz Lima, Vice President and General Manager of Personal Care, Unilever Brasil and IWF Fellow Alumna Maria Eduarda Kertesz, Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Brasil       


Shasta Darlington, CNN Brazil Bureau Founder & Program Facilitator; Jorge Menegassi, CEO, South America & Brazil, Ernst & Young Terco; and Adriana Machado, President, GE Brasil
                                                                                                                                                                     Marsha Sampson Johnson, Writer, Speaker, Advocate and former SVP of Human Resources & Diversity, Southern Company


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shasta Darlington and Vuyo Mahlati, Chairperson, South Africa Post Office