September 20, 2013 — The European American Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Danish Government organized a program about the importance of an active participation of women in the workforce and the positive effects this has on the economy as a whole.

The discussion focused on the economic factors (vis-a-vis questions of human rights or inequality) to make the case that we need to better integrate women if we are serious about economic growth.

Topics included:

· Can an increase in the number of women in the workforce create higher economic growth?
· What is being done in Europe and the U.S., in the private sector and public sectors, to support a more active role of women in the workforce
·  What needs to be done to better integrate women in the workforce to increase productivity and generate long-term growth?

Panelists included:
·  Nick Haekkerup, Danish Minister for Trade and European Affairs
·  Laurie Fulton, Former US Ambassador to Denmark
·  Kay Hymowitz, Journalist & Fellow at Manhattan Institute
·  Eddie Williams, Corporate vice president of Biopharmaceuticals, Novo Nordisk Inc.
·  Deborah McWhinney, Chief Operating Officer of Global Enterprise Payments, Citi & Co-chair of Citi Women
·  Deborah Butters, Vice President Human Resources, IBM Global Business Services North America
: Toni Reinhold, President, Newswomen’s Club of New York, VP, Overseas Press Club, and an editor on the Americas Desk, Reuters


The program was be held at the residence of the Danish Ambassador & Consul General.

If you missed the event and interested in the topic, a link to a taping of the event can be found here & below.