Women have long been integral to the food industry, playing key roles in food production and decision-making. Estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicate that women are responsible for 50% of the world's food production and over 80% of food purchasing decisions globally. Yet, the representation of women in leadership positions within the food and beverage sector has not mirrored their significant influence on the ground.
The Women's Networking Breakfast seeks to address this disconnect, bringing together inspiring women who are at the forefront of reshaping the industry. It's an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of these women and to recognise their vital contributions.
When and where
Date: 29 November
Time: 8:30 – 10:30am
Location: Messe Frankfurt
Delving into the agenda
At the Women's Networking Breakfast, attendees can expect to engage in inspiring discussions on the role of women in reshaping the industry, network with influential female tastemakers, and forge valuable connections with professionals who share a commitment to a more inclusive and prosperous future for the food industry. As the event has already sold out, it is clear that there is a significant appetite for this opportunity to engage with female leaders and their vision for the future of the food and beverage industry.
The agenda includes a spotlight on health and wellness solutions for all life stages and lifestyles, with insights from ADM, a sponsor of the event.
A fireside chat moderated by Lucy Whittaker, content editor at Fi Global, with Anna Klapwijk, manager, strategy and innovation and one young world ambassador at Deloitte, will discuss the pivotal role of women in transforming the food system and overcoming resistance to change. This segment will explore how female leaders can leverage their skills to accelerate positive change and encourage companies and individuals to support gender diversity in leadership.
The event will also feature a panel discussion moderated by Niamh Michail, head of publishing at Fi Global, with remarkable female changemakers from Marvelous, Guzakuza, Solidaridad Germany, and ADM. The discussion will highlight how women are safeguarding the future of food, exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by women in the industry and discussing the value of female participation in building a sustainable future for food.
The Women's Networking Breakfast concludes with a dynamic networking activity, allowing attendees to engage in meaningful discussions and explore collaborative opportunities. It will be followed by an introduction to Women’s Rights are Human Rights (FIM), a charity partner dedicated to providing intercultural counselling for migrant women and their families in Frankfurt.