WXN and Mercedes-Benz launch Emerging Leaders’ Summit to close gender gap across industries
by CM Staff
The full-day summit will give emerging female leaders a platform to build their leadership skills and learn from impactful and powerful speakers.
TORONTO — The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and Mercedes-Benz announced that the two organizations have joined forces to launch the first-ever WXN Emerging Leaders’ Summit on September 22, 2022. This unique summit, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, will try and address the challenges that high-potential, high-performing and professional women face as they take their first steps into leadership.
“After 25 years of listening to the voices of women – including Black women, Indigenous women, Women of Colour, Women Living with Disabilities and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community – we’ve developed a deep understanding of what they want and need to advance their careers,” said Sherri Stevens, Owner and CEO of WXN. “Those voices shape the planning and design of all of our events and programs, and in particular, this groundbreaking summit.”
The full-day summit will give emerging female leaders a platform to build their leadership skills and learn from impactful and powerful speakers who have navigated the trials and triumphs of this path before. The topic is as timely as ever – according to research from McKinsey and LeanIn.org, professional women are still encountering the “broken rung” and being promoted to manager at lower rates than men. For every 100 men promoted to manager, only 86 women receive the same opportunity.
“Throughout our longstanding partnership, Mercedes-Benz and WXN have been committed to supporting women in their development so that they can be the leaders of the future,” said Eva Wiese, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “We are excited to present this groundbreaking summit to support the next wave of emerging leaders through purpose, inspiration and professional development. By working together, we can achieve our goal of putting more women in the driver’s seat.”
Following the theme, “Driven by Purpose,” the summit will address topics that professional women have identified as most important to their interests in a survey.