Foundation Partners


“Women are an important part of the decision making process in the business world. If we as women do not take an active role, we choose to let opportunities pass us by. The LEAD Network helps to empower women through learning, building awareness, and making connections with others. The time to take action is now. The waiting game is over.”

Diane Tucci, Vice President, Country Manager Spain,
Costco Wholesale

“For ICA Gruppen, being a LEAD partner is something that will provide us with inspiration and knowledge. We are certain that this will contribute to our efforts in promoting female leaders in our group”

Petra Albuschus, Chief HR Officer,
ICA Gruppen

“At Kalypso, we firmly believe that diversity generates better performance. We have been sponsors from the very start of the Network.”

Mick Broekhof, Partner,
Kalypso & Secretary & Co-Founder, LEAD Network

“At Kimberly-Clark our vision is to have an organization that looks, thinks and behaves like the people who buy and use our essential products in their daily lives. Our core consumers are women; they make the majority of buying decisions in their homes, so ensuring our workforce is reflective of our consumers and communities is a business imperative. We have to be intentional about recruiting, developing and retaining women leaders – it’s the only way to truly drive change in the workforce, and that’s why being a member of the LEAD Network is so important to us.”

 Tina Busch, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion,
Kimberly-Clark Corporation

“Diversity has a long history at Sonae MC and it is truly related to our evolution, our growth and also the diversification of our business. Our Leaders are committed to the mission of the LEAD Network, as we strongly believe that gender diversity – and diversity as a whole – provides a significant added value for our teams, acting as a potential driver of dynamism, innovation, creativity and performance. We believe that by supporting LEAD Network we will be able to advance more successfully with our strategy of a diverse workforce, always balancing the meritocracy and gender diversity of our teams, and also considering our particular role and example as the largest private employer in Portugal.

Isabel Barros, Member of the Executive Board,
Sonae MC

“As a leader, I believe that if you do not understand people, you do not understand business. Our industry is not about making packaging that helps keep food fresh to ensure families can enjoy mealtimes together. It’s about the people whom make our product and how they interact every day in their work environment.

Sean Cairns, Vice President and General Manager – Consumer Product Europe
Sonoco