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May 22, 2019

Aon Brings Financial Expertise to the Rise and Lead Women’s Summit


Through their passion for diversity and inclusion of women, Aon has joined the Rise and Lead Women list of active sponsors, bringing a wealth of financial and leadership expertise with them. Aon will be the Impact Maker Sponsor of the 2019 annual Rise and Lead Summit. The Summit takes place in The Hague on 19th and 20th September 2019.


The Rise and Lead Summit is the yearly highlight of Rise and Lead Women: a global knowledge sharing, education and social impact platform that connects leaders, company executives, business owners, emerging leaders and change-makers to engage in meaningful conversations and uncover best practices towards the leadership and financial inclusion of women in the workplace and marketplace.


The key theme of this year’s summit is “Women & Business Sustainability and Wealth Creation”. The conversation will focus on how advancing gender balance in the workplace and marketplace will lead to wealth creation for families, companies and society.


According to Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen, Chairman of the Executive Board of Aon Holdings B.V. and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Aon Inpoint, “We are joining the Rise and Lead women to drive gender balance in leadership in all aspects t of women in the workplace and marketplace. We believe that the provision of a diverse and inclusive working environment is fundamental to the Dutch economy as laid out in a report of McKinsey in 2018. Such an environment is the key engine to the future (business) success of the Netherlands as a whole and the various leading industries such as science, technology and financial services in particular.


Aon believes that the need for diversity in our society is instrumental in ensuring that the best talent is not only obtained but also retained. Increasing awareness at all levels of this need is hence crucial as one cannot change what one is not aware of. Once people are aware of the need, they can do nothing but change. Supporting the increase of awareness is what Aon and myself firmly believe in and what will help women to rise and lead”.


Aon Holdings BV is the statutory shareholder/parent company of over 400 Aon companies – engaged in international insurance and reinsurance brokerage, pensions and employee consulting as well as risk management advice and services in the field of insurances – in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia Pacific, Canada and Latin America. Aon Inpoint is the management strategic advisory arm of the holding company. Aon is making a significant impact around the world by employing over 50,000 men and women in 120 countries.


Ebere Akadiri, Founder, Rise and Lead Women added that “Rise and Lead Women is excited to work with companies who share our values and whose products or services are making great impact around the world and are of interest to our community. Aon is one of such companies and we are very excited to have them as our partner. Partnership with Aon will help us to drive the needed change and bring more active voices together to close the gender gap.


To find out more about Aon and the reasons why they are passionate about the well-being of women and the economy, have a look at their website.

Rise and Lead Women is an education, connection and social impact platform that is focused on leadership advancement and the financial inclusion of women in the workplace and marketplace. Rise and Lead programmes include Entrepreneurial Leadership Development, Corporate Leadership Development, Impact workshops and Mentoring circles and an annual conference.

Ebere Akadiri is a Nigerian Food Entrepreneur who lives in The Hague. Her passion for helping others to achieve their goals drove her to found Rise and Lead Women along with her co-founder Poonam Barua, Chairman/CEO of Global WILL Forum. Their mission is to inspire women to take the lead and unleash their leadership potential, and to help organisations and policymakers to drive the necessary changes and actions needed to close the gender leadership and wealth gap.

Join the second annual Rise and Lead Summit on 19th-20th September at NH Hotel-WTC, The Hague. To learn more, visit www.riseandleadsummit.com.