The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society brings together diverse perspectives from business, government and academia. The Forum’s annual Global Meeting focuses on the organization’s fundamental goal: To look at the world’s challenges through a female lens and share ideas for how to tackle them.
“I think conferences like the Women’s Forum really help to benefit delegates from ExxonMobil and beyond,” says RoseMarie Egglesfield, EAME lubricants product manager and co-chair of ExxonMobil’s Women’s Interest Network Europe. “It helps us to really think and connect with others and that’s important as we try to explore new ways and different ways of doing things, to support our business and society.”
We joined RoseMarie on her journey to this year’s Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris, France to find out how the Forum helps delegates share knowledge and discover new solutions.
RoseMarie was one of more than 25 delegates from ExxonMobil – a group of colleagues drawn from all over the company, including a big team from our manufacturing division. 2019 was her second consecutive visit to the Forum, with some of our delegates having now attended every year since it was founded a decade ago.
Several of RoseMarie’s colleagues were invited to join panels to discuss key issues. Mabel Leung, director of Asia Pacific retail sales, shared some of our solutions to the dual energy challenge – including carbon capture and storage. Paul Greenwood, project executive, ExxonMobil human resources, spoke of his personal experience of achieving a balance in working and family life and outlined ExxonMobil’s flexible parental leave policy.
Meanwhile, Nikolaas Baecklemans, VP of EU affairs, spoke at the Women4STEM hub to highlight the importance of encouraging young women to study STEM (science, engineering, technology and maths) subjects. The issue is close to the heart of our company – particularly as so many of our female colleagues studied STEM subjects – and we have instigated a wide variety of initiatives to promote STEM to young people, including the pan-European Sci-Tech Challenge.
For the second year running, ExxonMobil was a Gold Sponsor of the event. And, as ever, the Forum was an insightful experience for all our delegates. We offer our thanks to all those who participated and helped create such a valuable exchange of ideas.