The Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy is an annual symposium where like-minded leaders meet to discuss women as economic actors in the global marketplace. We chose the name “Power Shift” because we wanted to signal a progressive, active attitude – as well as to assert that, like it or not, the game is already changing.
Learn more about the Power Shift Forum at www.PowerShiftForum.com.
Now in its fourth year, the Power Shift Forum made it’s debut in United States in May 2016.
Thanks to the efforts of Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Professor Catherine Tinsley, Power Shift 2016: Women and Leadership was brought to McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University on May 4 – 5, 2016 in historic Washington D.C.,USA.
The remit for the 2016 Power Shift was to create an agenda that would allow our unique audience to advance the cause of women in leadership, a very different “ask” from the inspire-and-celebrate, show-the-role-models kind of women’s leadership gala.
Avoiding stereotypes and conventional thinking—that was the big challenge in planning a Women and Markets theme for Power Shift 2015.
A few years back, the Harvard Business Review published “The Female Economy.” The authors focused exclusively on how much women consume. Nothing about women and the capital markets. No nod to the historic entry of female workers into the formal labour market. Nothing about how gender affects global supply chains. Yet announcing that women are shoppers is hardly newsworthy. Marketing companies have known for decades that women are the world’s consumer engine.
Academic economists treat markets as something that exist only in an abstract landscape, where gender is an irrelevant triviality. Yet this blinkered way of thinking has led to a global information structure that knew nothing of the economic lives of women until recently—and still struggles to understand.
We skirted these two chasms of conventional thinking as we planned Power Shift 2015. And, happily, some of the most respected institutions in the world, including some of the most powerful marketing companies, stepped up to help us put together an extraordinary agenda.
To read more about the exciting two days, please visit Professor Linda Scott’s post, “A Force of Feminists”, on The Double X Economy blog.
Power Shift: the Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy returned on 27 – 29 May 2014 to investigate the relationship between women and the world of finance.
For more than 2,000 years, women have been excluded from the system of money. Often engaged in unpaid labour, usually barred from inheriting wealth, frequently forbidden to have bank accounts, and commonly unable to own property, women in the history of East and West have been effectively left out of the world of investment and credit. Today, the prints of past exclusion can still be seen in laws and practices of developed and developing nations.
Now, however, major institutions throughout the world are working together to create a more inclusive system to promote growth and equality. Power Shift 2014 aimed to uncover exclusionary practices, identify effective reforms, and celebrate champions of change.
The inaugural Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy, centred on the theme of“Women as Entrepreneurs”, took place on 20-21 May 2013. A select audience was assembled to discuss how best to support women as entrepreneurs throughout the developed and developing worlds.
We invited keynote speakers to inspire the thinking, as well as global innovators to demonstrate what it is possible to achieve with imagination and hard work. Participating were experts who gather data on female entrepreneurs, as well as policy activists trying to enable new structures and channels. Charities and universities, as well as corporations and authors, were all represented on the agenda and guest list.
A combination of plenaries and smaller, more interactive sessions was supplemented by three “uniquely Oxford” events:
- a debate at the world-famous Oxford Union
- a gala dinner at Somerville College
- a case study taught by Saïd Business School faculty
To find out more about the 2013 Forum please view the full Agenda, and for more detailed information about speakers and sessions you can download the Forum brochure. More information on the outcomes of the 2013 Forum can be found in Professor Linda Scott’s blog post: Power Shift: Intentions and Resolutions.