LEAD Network Conference – 13 & 14 October 2022 – Paris

We wish to celebrate our community coming together to share knowledge and provide networking time while allowing those unable to join us live to participate virtually: a true hybrid event.

Our theme for this year is “Doing not Trying: Lead through Inclusion” because advancing inclusion is not only good for your business, it is also a prerequisite for a more righteous and equal world. It’s not optional, and it requires thoughtfulness and intention. And leadership to make the inclusion shift and enable diversity to thrive.


This year, two types of tickets are available:

  • a ticket for on-site attendance in Paris and
  • a complimentary ticket to participate virtually via the LEAD Network digital conference platform.

Why you should join?
Top 3 reasons to attend the LEAD Network Conference

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During the booking process you will be able to choose your ticket. On-site tickets will first exclusively be available to our Partner companies through their partner allotment, as of 15th June.

As of next month, on site tickets will be made available to all LEAD Network members and are priced at €500 + 10% VAT. For more information, please refer to the FAQs on the conference website.

See you in Paris!

The waiting game is over!

Join LEAD Network and Advance Diversity

The mission of the LEAD Network (Leading Executives Diversity) is to attract, retain and advance women in the Consumer Goods and Retail sector in Europe through education, leadership and business development.

LEAD Network 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 can 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.

As a non-profit organisation we have adopted a unique focus on the Consumer Goods and Retail sector within Europe. To measure how the industry develops in terms of gender equality, every two years we conduct a survey – LEAD Network Gender Diversity Scorecard.

Companies in the sector are welcomed to participate in this survey, free of charge.

More information on the 2021 LEAD Network Gender Diversity Scorecard here.

Download your copy of the LEAD Network leaflet

Are you enthusiastic? Join now!

Our membership consists of 16,000+ people, representing over 200+ manufacturers and 100+ retailers.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Network with female and male senior leaders & executives to help advance your career
  • Access to our “Inspirational Journeys Series” with learning opportunities via articles and videos
  • Access to skill-building events and webinars
  • Potential talent pool for future female senior leaders & executives
  • Insights in examples of implementation of (gender) diversity programs to apply to your organisation
  • Get external inspiration and support for you being part of this community formed by like-minded future leaders

Become a member. It is free of charge.

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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.


Read Blogs and interviews, sign-up or watch recorded webinars, join a country or a functional chapter.


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A Human Approach –
Modern Leadership in a Changing World
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Finding Balance


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“Has anyone ever seen a business case for why men are good for business? No. And we don’t want to have one for women.”

During the LEAD Network Virtual Conference this year, Leena Nair, Chief Human Resource Officer at Unilever, delivered a riveting keynote speech that urged women to “stop apologizing and start leading.” Her speech, introduced by her colleague Hanneke Faber, President Foods & Refreshment at Unilever, was the highest rated of all presentations and generated a storm of responses from our members, even giving rise to the hashtag #wwld (what would Leena do?). Leena’s approach is forthright and outspoken. She challenges the need to make a business case for female leaders.


Watch our LEAD Network Webinar Recordings

At LEAD Network, we host regular webinars focused on 3 different tracks:
D&I Best Practices – learn from our partners about how they are making an impact on gender equality
Personal & Career Development – be inspired by personal stories, develop your leadership skills and drive your own career
Functional & Industry Topics – learn about what’s new in our sector and build your functional skills

LEAD Network BeLux Chapter Summer Networking Party

D&I Best Practises

Personal & Career development

Functional & Industry Topics

Initiatives, studies & programmes

LEAD Network SuperPowers


Involves making a commitment to improve gender parity at the Director level and above.

Unlimited Potential


3 Main reasons for companies to think about flexible working

Mentorship Programme


High-potential mentees are matched with experienced senior leader mentors from across the European retail and CPG industry for an immersive experience that takes place over an 11-month period.


We facilitate an active dialogue and direct exchange with our diverse network of around 150 CEOs and Regional Presidents from the industry, under the guidance of our CEO Engagement Committee.

CEO Gender Parity Pledge

Involves making a commitment to improve gender parity at the Director level and above.

CEO Roundtable

Twice yearly we organise interactive virtual CEO Roundtables.

The Journey to 50-50 Judith McKenna

The Journey to 50/50

We issue articles written by our CEO’s in our Journey to 50/50 series.

LEAD Network Partners Interviews

Sponsor Spotlight

Ahold Delhaize

Frans Muller

Frans Muller
President & Chief Executive Officer
Ahold Delhaize

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Sponsor Spotlight


Béatrice Dupuy
President and General Manager France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg
Procter & Gamble

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Sponsor Spotlight


HR Talent Management Manager, Migros

Read interview

A big THANK YOU to our partners

How to partner?

By supporting LEAD, you will be a positioned as a strategic driver in our movement to advance women leaders in our industry. Your company will be recognized as a catalyst for change and an advocate of women’s leadership. You will play an instrumental role in bringing both an intellectual and financial contribution to help build our strategic outlook as well as our educational and professional development programmes.

To find out more about partnering with LEAD, please contact Sharon Jeske at sharon.jeske@lead-eu.net