CEO Forums

Igniting senior leadership conversations

CEO Forums, held at IWLC's four annual conferences, are designed for senior leaders from sponsor organizations to have a peer-to-peer session with a strategic focus on leadership talent acquisition, development and retention from a gender lens. 

Past CEO Forum topics have included messages about developing skills and resources to encourage the inclusion of gender differences in the workplace and bolstering communication among diverse leaders – all with the overall goal of advancing women’s leadership in the workplace. 

CEO Forums, which are invitation only events, differ from the general session IWLC conferences in that they focus specifically on organizational culture and leadership best practices.  

IWLC has previously engaged Barbara Annis, an international expert on cultural, gender intelligence and inclusive leadership, to lead CEO Forum panel discussions, offering her personal story of how she succeeded in dominating the “corporate game.” Ms. Annis describes an imperative transformational shift for leaders: they must move from viewing men and women as equal in number to equal in value.   

"We need to recognize that there really are differences in men and women. We need to ask ourselves how do we work with those differences to create a truly inclusive environment. IWLC CEO Forums have raised the issue – and there is a lot of work to be done.”

Chuck Peters | President & CEO, The Gazette Company | Cedar Rapids, Iowa