Rise & Lead Award For Balanced Leadership: Press Release

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October 7, 2022
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“#sheleads” by Allianz wins inaugural Rise & Lead Award for Balanced Leadership


The award, which honours commitment to gender diversity in the workplace, was presented at the fifth annual Rise & Lead Summit.

The Hague, 16 September 2022. Today, Rise & Lead Women announced that it has named the Germany-based AllianzU leadership development program #sheleads as the winner of its inaugural Rise & Lead Award for Balanced Leadership.

Implemented in 2011, the Allianz sponsorship programme aims to support women in executive management who are actively seeking a larger leadership role within the company. Since its launch, Allianz has seen strong developments in gender balance among senior leadership: the share of women in its top executive cluster has increased from 16.6% to 24.9% since 2015, with 33% of Allianz Global Executives being #sheleads program alumni, which equals 62% of the entire female population in the highest level of management.

“With #sheleads, Allianz sets a standard for effective gender-balanced policies at work,” said Ebere Akadiri, Founder and President of Rise & Lead Women. “In giving this recognition, Rise & Lead aims to inspire organisations and the executives who lead them across Europe and beyond, that intentional efforts can drive meaningful progress towards diversity and equality.”

“Balanced leadership has long been a strategic priority for us. This program engages senior executives to become allies and sponsor our female talents, advocating for their career progression,” said Camila Hurtado, responsible for Leadership Development, including #sheleads, for Allianz. “We’re proud and honoured to see our efforts recognised, and hope that they will inspire many others, while we continue to learn and increase our impact.”

 The winning initiative by Allianz finished ahead of finalists from Ahold Delhaize (Netherlands), ENGIE (France), Febelfin (Belgium), and Marsh (Germany).

 Full details about the event can be found at https://riseandleadwomen.com/programs.

About Allianz

The Allianz Group is one of the world’s leading insurers and asset managers, with 126 million private and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 716 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors, manage nearly 1.8 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we are among the leaders in the insurance industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2021, over 155,000 employees achieved total revenues of 148.5 billion euros and an operating profit of 13.4 billion euros for the group.

About Rise & Lead Women:

Rise & Lead Women is an international organisation based in the Netherlands that champions women’s leadership and financial inclusion in workplaces and the marketplace. It was founded in 2018 by female entrepreneur Ebere Akadiri. Through our sponsorship of events, webinars, and mentoring sessions, we connect aspiring leaders with experienced business executives to explore topics essential to professional growth and development.

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