Rethinking programs. Hanzade Dogan Boyner, a leading figure in Turkey's online and digital world, asked at our panel: "Why do women give up at some point? Because it's very difficult to rise to the CEO level and raise two kids. So we need to change the culture."
There's a lot of talk about flexible leave and returnship programs, to name just a few, and their importance to women. But there are a host of issues — including the lack of engagement and training of middle managers on how to have conversations with their female workforce — that are impacting the ultimate goal of greater representation throughout all career levels.
Wenig of eBay surprised the group by talking about other life events demanding programs to keep women engaged in the workforce — like elder care — sorely needed by women as they juggle kids and aging parents and their job in the middle. That, he said, is worthy of at least the same attention we pay to maternity/paternity leave programs.