USCIB Senior Counsel Ronnie Goldberg was a keynote speaker at an ILO Latin American Regional Conference on Women in Business and Management, held on May 23 in Lima, Peru. Over 300 attendees were drawn from virtually every country of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Goldberg’s speech drew from the findings of a series of BIAC reports, such as the report on Putting All Our Minds to Work: Harnessing the Gender Dividend and Putting All Our Ideas to Work: Women and Entrepreneurship, that highlight the business case for women’s economic empowerment and identify best practices and practical policy recommendations for advancing women’s roles in the workplace.
Her comments also addressed gender-based challenges to launching and running a business, including access to finance and business networks, as well as cultural and gender bias, and highlighted a number of issues and challenges facing women in STEM and information and computer technology (ICT) careers.
Among the Conference speakers was Marcela Esquivel, global director, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Business Unit, The Coca-Cola Company, who spoke about the company’s robust efforts to promote women internally, and to foster women’s entrepreneurship in its supply chain.