Women in Power: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling


March 8, 2022 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CET

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we would like to invite you to join our Inclusive Leaders Forum entitled “Women in Power: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling”. Learn from inspiring female leaders who are succeeding despite the bias.

Imagine a world where women have the same opportunity as their male counterparts:

> A world where women from diverse backgrounds have equal access to professional opportunities, feel empowered to reach their full potential, and become leaders to drive positive, sustainable change in the world.

> A world where women are not interrupted in meetings or penalised for being mothers.

>> An inclusive and gender-balanced world free of bias and discrimination.

Join us on 8 March at 6:00 PM CET to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about gender bias and find ways to close the gender leadership gap.

About International Women’s Day

Marked annually on March 8th since 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD is one of the most important days of the year to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity, and fundraise for female-focused charities.

What is the Inclusive Leaders Forum?

The Inclusive Leaders Forum connects allies and senior executives from global companies in a safe space to share valuable cross-industry insights and actionable takeaways for advancing women at work.

About Rise and Lead Women

Rise and Lead Women is a not-for-profit organisation focused on advancing gender-balanced leadership and inclusion in the workplace through sharing cross-industry insights, advocating for change and providing leadership development programs for professional women.

Who is it for?

For women in the workplace, corporate professionals, entrepreneurs and rising leaders

Together we rise. Together we lead. #BreakTheBias

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Kim is the Vice President of Human Resources, EMEA at Riverbed Technology with over 20 years of HR experience. She comes from a generalist background forged in both start up to mid-size organisations, working predominantly in US-led technology companies.

Kim has spent 8+ years at Riverbed in a commercially focused role, a key member of the senior leadership team and is driven by making a direct and significant contribution to commercial outcomes and success.

Previously she has worked at Brocade, Microgen (now Trust Quay) LG Electronics and Oce (now Canon), with extensive experience in merger and acquisition, change and business transformation.

Kim is recognised by her peers and colleagues for her authenticity and integrity, with a natural ability to establish high-trust relationships.

Kim is motivated to demonstrate empathy and the attributes that contribute towards a healthy work culture and successful business decision making.  She is a natural coach and counsellor and her personal satisfaction comes from supporting the development and growth of her team, peers and colleagues.

Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard is a former technology executive, who sees the world with the straight up honesty and spirit of a Brooklyn-native, combined with California wellness-cool, and at a global scale. Her style is classic, with a fire, and a bit of edginess.

She is the Founder of The Lens Leadership, providing leadership coaching and consulting services to organisations, executives and individuals who want to step up to a bigger game. Alison is a coach who sees the strengths in every individual, helping each player to leverage their own personal magic to maximise success.

Her network is vast and diverse, with long-term relationships from the C-suite to all business functions, in a wide variety of industries and global cultures. She is a connector by nature and brings people together who would not have connected otherwise.

With over 26-years in corporate Sales and Product Marketing Leadership within large and mid-sized global enterprises, start-ups and emerging technology areas, Alison is known to be obsessively customer-focused, and has driven and experienced business growth from a wide range of perspectives.

Leveraging a combination of her unique strengths, Alison recently published her first book, Lessons in Life and Leadership, featuring 61 women leaders in 22 industries and 4 continents. She holds advanced certifications from Cornell University in Women’s Executive Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion. Alison is a co-Founder of WeWomenLead, a certified Wellness Coach, and in 2021, she took on Stage 3 endometrial cancer and showed who is boss.

Alison has lived in all corners of the US, as well as L’Aquila, Italy; Valladolid, Spain and on the island of Crete. She speaks conversational Italian and NFL football, and she would say her Spanish is rusty, but viable.

Alison currently resides in Marin County, California with her husband Michael, and she is a dog mom to Labrador, Riley. She is an avid supporter of the ASPCA, and Veteran organisations, Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues.

Mindy Gibbins-Klein MBA FRSA FPSA is an international speaker and executive coach who turns leaders and experts into thoughtful leaders and published authors. She founded three multinational brands which have won and been shortlisted for 17 awards.

Mindy has authored and co-authored 12 books, and her clients have written and published over 1000 books.

Over the past 25 years, Mindy has presented to and coached over 50,000 business executives and entrepreneurs in 18 countries. Her TEDx talk “Sometimes You Need to Change Yourself to Be Yourself” has had nearly one million views.

Mindy has been featured over 100 times in the media, and her work has been licensed and syndicated across the globe.

A native New Yorker, Mindy currently resides near London in the UK with her long-suffering husband who is secretly proud of her entrepreneurial spirit.

Branka van der Linden is the Founder of Meaningful Synergies Holistic Business Consulting & Training Company. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and LLM Master of Laws in International Business. She is the Secretary of the Board of the Cyprus Integrity Forum (CIF) and Board Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Cyprus, Certified AML Officer by CySEC.

Branka is a bestselling published author and country leader of Points of You ® Cyprus, providing creative tools & training for personal and professional development, and co-founder of Brickenz online learning platform.

MarketNext India appointed her as a Knowledge Partner to uplift and reskill their members. She is the creator of C.O.D. F.I.S.H.© Method and carries vast experience in Marketing, Social Media and Public Relations.

Branka is a Certified Human Resources Development Agency Trainer and has been speaker at various events including WEF, Compliance Forums, United Nation Model and Ministry of Education Government of India.

Branka is the founding member of WICCI Cyprus-India and Board Advisor of Asian-African Chamber of Commerce & Industry Foundation. She is Country Chair for G100 initiative for Corporate Governance.

She has received multiple honours and awards for her work and initiatives, including Exceptional Woman of Excellence and Women Leaders to look up to in 2021.

For over 20 years, educator and member of the International Association against Aids. Branka is a passionate lifelong learner and believes the success of the business lies in high ethics and integrity.

Melissa Indot is a Certified Life Coach & Emotional Healing Guide. She weaves the profound power of music with her passion for personal development with a focus on inner child healing.

 Melissa uses music to help Women In their 40s to Smash Stereotypes, Shift Mindset, disrupt outdated behavioural patterns, heal trauma & transform their epic Dreams to Compelling Reality. She weaves ancient wisdom, spiritual philosophies, traditional psychology, emotional resilience processes and embodiment practices for a holistic experience that fosters curiosity for self enquiry, awareness & actualisation.

 Melissa is the Creator of Intuitive Music Programming (IMP); a methodology using music as a foundational tool that facilitates dynamic shifts through layers of out-dated belief systems. Her intuitive guidance provides sacred space for activating new perspectives to realise our full potential.

 Melissa facilitates a journey back to an embodied way of living with a deep understanding of how a creative process impacts the human condition with healthy disruption, bundles of curiosity and a lot of mischief!