Global Parity Summit


November 12, 2020 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
November 13, 2020 from 11:30am to 3pm


Studies show that it will take more than 180 years to achieve gender parity in Canada and in the US. Unacceptable, right? So, together LET’S CHANGE THE TIMELINE!

To accelerate moving the needle, we invite you to our GLOBAL PARITY SUMMIT to celebrate our 10th anniversary. This unprecedented event will take place online on November 12 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and November 13 from 11:30am to 3pm EST and will bring together international leaders, women and men, working together to achieve parity.

Founded in 2010, Women in Governance is the leading non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in Corporate Canada. For our 10th anniversary we are inviting you to support our mission by inspiring our viewers around the globe.

To support women in their leadership development, career advancement and access to Board seats, Women in Governance offers an international mentoring program, governance training, and high-end events giving them privileged access to exceptional renowned speakers from all over the world.



November 12 and 13th, 2020

**Preliminary Programming**

Our event co-chairs: Monique Leroux and Norman Steinberg

Day 1: Thursday November 12, 2020, from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

5:30 pm : Welcoming remarks, Caroline Codsi, ICD.D., Founder & Chief Equality Officer, Women in Governance

5:35 pm : Viewing of WOMAN the movie (1:54), by Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand followed by a fireside chat including the two film makers

By bringing together nearly 2,000 testimonies from women filmed in more than 50 countries, the project makes women’s voices heard and highlights the place they occupy in the world now and in the future.

The film brings the women’s lives to the screen, each shaped by her family background, culture or faith. It underscores their determination and their capacity to change the world, despite the numerous difficulties they face. WOMAN tackles themes as varied as maternity, education, marriage and financial independence…

The film takes an admiring look at all those women who, in their own way, assert themselves and combat stereotypes. A message of love and hope sent to all women around the world. An attempt to understand their lives, to look back at what has been achieved as well as everything that remains to be done.

Caroline Codsi has the honor of being part of this movie.

WOMAN the movie Trailer

7:30 pm : Panel discussion with Norma Bastidas, Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Moderator: Caroline Codsi, President and Founder, Women in Governance

Norma Bastidas is a Human trafficking survivor, Women’s rights activist and Guinness Record Holder for the World’s Longest Triathlon. World Record in 2014 for Longest Triathlon after swimming, biking and running 3,762 miles (6,054 km) from Cancún, MX to Washington, D.C.

Anastasia Mikova is a Ukrainian-born journalist and director whose work has always focused on social and humanist issues. She works in particular as a journalist for several documentaries dealing with subjects such as illegal immigration, organ trafficking or surrogate mothers. She then became editor-in-chief of the Vu du Ciel documentary series, which marked the beginning of her collaboration with photographer and director Yann Arthus-Bertrand. She worked with him as 1st assistant director on his documentary Human (2015), for which she directed more than 600 interviews.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a French director and photographer who became known to the general public in 1999 following the publication of the book La Terre vue du ciel, a worldwide bestseller with more than three million copies sold. Appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program in 2009, he directed his first feature film, Home, on the state of our planet that same year. It has been seen by nearly 600 million viewers. Building on these international successes, in 2005 he founded the NGO GoodPlanet in order to raise awareness about respecting the environment. In 2017, he opened to the public the Longchamp estate, a place devoted to ecology and humanism established in Bois de Boulogne.



Day 2: Friday November 13, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11:30 am: Fireside chat Fearless Girl with Kristen Visbal and Caroline Codsi

Kristen Visbal is the sculptor of the famous Fearless Girl bronze sculpture whose feminist message first appeared in Manhattan, has spread all over the world representing a girl four foot high, promoting female empowerment. It is located across from the New York Stock Exchange Building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City.


12pm: ‘Recognizing and Addressing Intersectionality’ Panel

Moderator: Nicole Piggott, Vice-President, Global Operations, Women in Governance

  • Helen Kennedy, Executive Director at EGALE Canada
  • Dahabo Ahmed, Executive Director at the BlackNorth Initiative
  • Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder & CEO Women in Tech

1pm: ‘The Role of Women in Space Exploration’ Panel

Moderator: Caroline Codsi, President and Founder, Women in Governance

  • Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments at Goddard Space Flight Center – NASA
  • Melanie Winzer, Executive Director of Programs and integrated planning at the Canadian Space Agency

2pm: Trailblazers (surprise guests)


We look forward to your participation! 

Register here!

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Sponsorship booklet Global Parity Summit 2020

We encourage organizations to display their support for the cause of gender parity.

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