The CEO of Business Events Sydney (BESydney), Lyn Lewis-Smith, has announced that Sydney is to host the 2018 Global Summit of Women.
Speaking from the 2017 Summit in Tokyo, attended by Japan’s Prime Minister H.E. Shinzo Abe, Lewis-Smith described the Summit as the ‘Davos for Women’, which showcases progressive government and private sector strategies that level the playing field for women, addressing bias.
“Hosting events like the Global Summit of Women will be a catalyst for greater economic empowerment of Australian women by shining a spotlight on underperforming areas, eliciting tangible commitments from our leaders to change the status quo. A recent EY report suggests that tapping into women’s global potential could be the equivalent of having another one billion people in the workforce, driving economic growth around the world,” said Lewis-Smith.
More than 50 industry and government leaders supported Australia’s bid and the 2018 Summit is expected to attract 1,000 leaders across private and public sectors from 80 countries, and inject over A$2m (US$1.49m) into the New South Wales (NSW) economy.
The Sydney Global Summit of Women Steering Committee has also been announced and includes Ann Sherry AO and Lyn Lewis-Smith (pictured) as co-chairs.
NSW Minister for Women, Tanya Davies confirmed the NSW Government’s commitment to the Summit. “We look forward to hosting the 2018 Global Summit of Women in Sydney to profile the policies and practices which are improving economic outcomes for women,” said Davies.