JOIN the LEAD Network and Advance Diversity

The mission of the LEAD Network (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry in Europe through education, leadership and business development.

LEAD is convinced organisations can create more sustainable value by leveraging the full talent pool. Our Vision is a diverse workforce where both men and women are enabled to contribute their full potential and lead their organisations to the next level of value creation. We believe that advancing more women to take on leadership roles is required to face actual business challenges.

We are a non-profit organisation and our focus specifically on Retail and CPG industry only is unique within Europe.

Unlimited Potential

Flexible working on the shop floor
A case study of Waitrose

We commissioned this study because we felt the retail industry in Europe was crying out for practical, detailed examples of how to bring flexible working to the shop floor.

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Please get in touch with or if you would like to receive further details, to get access to the full report or to share your feedback.

Six core values of LEAD Network

We embrace the following values to guide the activities of the LEAD Network
and its community of members, Partners, volunteers and staff.

Women at Work

a blog series by Elise Misse

LEAD Network Webinars

Get inspired and signup for our webinars

VIRTUAL EVENT - Speed Mentoring

September 1st 2020
Time: 11:30 – 12:45 CET | 10:30 – 11:45 BST

WEBINAR - Recruiting for Balance in Supply Chain

September 8th 2020
Time: 16:00 – 17:00 CET
15:00 – 14:00 BST

WEBINAR - How to take ownership to create gender equal workspaces

September 17th 2020
Time: 13:00 – 14:00 CET
12:00 – 13:00 BST

LEAD Network Partners Interviews

Sponsor Spotlight


HR Talent Management Manager, Migros

Sponsor Spotlight


Lynn de Proft
Global VP Procurement & Sustainability
AB InBev

LEAD Network inspirational video series

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Caroline Basyn
Global CIO
Mondelēz International

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Metro AG

“Those who want to translate consumer needs in management decisions,
cannot ignore diversity. The conditions are favourable:
There are plenty of women in the talent pipelines.”

Ahold - Delhaize

“As a global retail leader, Ahold Delhaize acknowledges that Diversity & Inclusion is fundamental to its business success and growth. In principle and in practice, Ahold Delhaize promotes an inclusive and respectful work environment which gets Better every day for our associates, customers, communities and shareholders. We are thrilled to support LEAD.”

Procter & Gamble

“Gender Equality is a P&G Citizenship priority and a Business imperative. As a Company that serves billions of women around the world, we are leveraging our insights to uncover gender bias and taking actions to spark conversations and motivate change.
We are doing this through our brands, with our corporate voice, and with our people and partners inside and outside of our Company. As a foundation partner of LEAD, we aim to achieve equal women representation & leadership in the consumer goods & retail sector in Europe.”


“According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017, it will take until 2234 to achieve global gender parity in the workplace. At EY, we believe it is far too long and we are committed to do what we can to accelerate women’s progress in the workplace.”