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Diversity and Inclusion: Laura Liswood and the ‘Noah’s Ark paradox'

July 2018
Laura Liswood, Council of Women World Leaders Secretary General and author of ‘The Loudest Duck, Moving Beyond Diversit y’, engages in an enticing dissertation on how to tackle the diversity and inclusion challenges within our organizations. Starting from the ‘Noah’s Ark paradox’, Laura explains how to ensure that diversity becomes a path to innovation and creativity. She touches on how successful companies make sure everyone is heard and evaluate their people based exclusively on merit, concluding with the crucial role men can play in shifting the gender diversity journey.(5 min)

KPMG Women's Voices - Laura Liswood

January 2017
Watch an interview of Laura Liswood with KPMG for their Women's Voices series. (2 min)

Laura Liswood Live with Reuters in Davos

January 2017
Watch an interview of Laura Liswood with Reuters during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2017. (54 sec)

Laura at Davos Today

January 2016
Watch an interview of Laura Liswood, at Davos Today. (15 min)

What’s needed to achieve gender parity

February 2015
Watch a clip of Laura Liswood, at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2015 in Davos. (38 sec)

Three ways to get more women into power

February 2015
Laura Liswood examines the case for women’s empowerment in this World Economic Forum video. Liswood says it’s important that people appreciate the business case for women, from both a corporate and social perspective, and understand the returns that can come from empowering them. (5 min 39 sec)

DSM Interview with Laura Liswood on Inclusion and Diversity

November 2012
Laura Liswood discusses inclusion and diversity with Kathryn Andrews, Communications Director of DSM. She emphasizes the need for commitment and engagement with diversity at the highest levels of leadership as part of a forward-looking corporate strategy and vision. (4 min 20 sec)

Ask a Leader - Laura Liswood

Five Regional Challenges, One Solution: Women

April 28, 2011
Laura Liswood summarizes the World Economic Forum session on the role of women in developing democracies. She looks at areas where there has been great success as well as areas that need further work. (3 min 16 sec)

Women in Business

Liswood Discusses the Importance of Women in Business

January 28, 2011
In an interview with Eddie Lush of Hub Culture at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Laura Liswood discusses the unconscious roles that everyone brings into the workplace. She also discusses the well documented facts relating to the importance of women in business and the ways to “hurry history? to promote gender parity. (6 min 32 sec)

Laura Liswood

Gender Equality: The Smart Thing To Do

October 15, 2010
Produced by the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, this video interviews participants in the “Closing the Gender Gap: The Business Case for Organizations, Politics and Society? Conference, co-hosted by WAPPP and the Council of Women World Leaders with our knowledge partner the World Economic Forum, who offer their views on the importance of involving women in all sectors of society. In this video, Ms. Liswood discusses the necessity of educating girls in order to create empowered women. She stresses that the goal of the women’s empowerment agenda is for everyone to get the “winning ticket? in life. (18 min 43 secs)

Laura Liswood at the Vigdis Finnbogadottir

Liswood Says Women With Children Penalized in Workplace

August 4, 2010
In an interview with Bloomberg News, Laura Liswood describes the ways in which the global recession has impacted women in the workplace and argues that society needs to “hurry history? to achieve true gender parity. (5 min 38 secs)

Laura Liswood at the Vigdis Finnbogadottir

30th anniversary of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir's election

June 29, 2010
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the election of the world’s first democratically elected woman president, H.E. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996), Laura Liswood addressed a gathering at the Institute of Foreign Languages in Reykjavik, Iceland. Liswood shared anecdotes from her experience meeting and getting to know President Vigdís. Liswood’s speech highlights the leadership qualities personified by President Vigdís, including empathy, humor, creativity, and energy, and urges emerging leaders to create a new vision for the future based on President Vigdís’s exemplary model. (52 min 48 secs)

Laura Liswood's The Loudest Duck

The Loudest Duck

In conversation with literary agent, Mr. Howard Yoon, Ms. Liswood discusses her newest book: The Loudest Duck, and explores workplace diversity. She highlights the challenges of existing diversity efforts and presents new thinking around this topic. Going beyond the usual approaches to diversity, Ms. Liswood provides concrete tools for employees and management within multinational, multi-cultural companies, for creating effective workplaces for all. (7min 36 secs)

Run Women Run

Women World Leaders

July 1, 2009
In her speech at Run Woman Run of San Diego CA, Ms. Liswood explores the questions surrounding myths of leadership and lessons of leaders. She looks at best practices of excellent leaders drawing upon the interviews she has conducted with women heads of state and heads of government. (3min 37 secs)

Run Women Run

Communication Styles and Leadership

July 1, 2009
Ms. Liswood shares insights on how to enhance opportunities to lead and shape one’s career successfully. She explores ways in which to benefit from differing styles of leadership and communication. (4min 32 secs)

Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg Global Seminar

November 6, 2007
Judith Dobrzynski interviews Laura Liswood on the challenges faced by women in politics and business on the path to advancing their careers. Women and minorities frequently face institutional, historical as well as behavioral barriers that result in a “glass ceiling? effect. Liswood identifies a number of mechanisms to help women advance in their lives as well as in their careers. (9min 59 secs)


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