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9 - 11 May 2023 - Geneva, Switzerland

1 - 12 May 2023 - Online

Wo(men)’s Networking Lunch – Vitafoods Europe 2023 Wednesday 10 May

Wo(men)’s Networking Lunch – Everyone welcome! 

Empowering women in nutraceuticals via two must-attend panel discussions and a delicious lunch!

Join us for an exciting networking event that celebrates the women making waves in the nutraceutical industry and challenging the status quo, from scientist to CEO. Challenging stereotypes and pushing the boundaries are what we’re all about, so join the conversation regardless of your gender. 

Despite accounting for half of the global population, women continue to be underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines worldwide. In the EU, over half (53%) of STEM-related university degrees were obtained by women in 2019, yet three years later, only a third (34%) of professionals in the field are female. As you go up the career progression ladder, the percentages of women diminish. In biopharma companies, around half (47%) of the workforce are women, but this proportion shrinks to just 8% at C-suite. Why are we losing these women, and how can we reverse this trend? 

Spotlighting the female professionals who are spearheading change in the global nutraceutical industry, the Wo(men)’s Networking Lunch will consist of two panel discussions featuring a selection of the industry’s leading voices as well as a series of dedicated networking activities. The first session will focus on pathways into the industry, highlighting the women who are defying the odds and paving their way to success in typically male-dominated fields. While the second will celebrate entrepreneurship, showcasing the female changemakers who are creating nutraceutical products aimed at addressing specific female wants and needs.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded women, learn from successful female leaders, and celebrate the contributions of women in the nutraceutical industry. Register now and be part of this empowering movement!

Location: Networking Room, stand J300

Limited places available.

Wo(men)'s Networking Lunch Agenda

Panel discussion: Showcasing the female STEM pioneers  

Championing the women who are leading the way in traditionally considered ‘male’ professions within the nutraceutical industry. In this session women in STEM, research, R&D roles will share their experiences, insights, and tips for paving their way and achieving success in typically male-centric fields. We will also discuss the biases that exist in scientific research and the challenges and opportunities of encouraging more women and girls into the nutraceutical space.  

PhD, RD Colleen Fogarty Draper

CEO/CSO, Co-Founder, PhenomX Health, SA

Dr Caroline Munari

Global R&D Platform Lead Maternal Nutrition, Nestle Nutrition

Lynda Doyle

President & CEO, Avant Nutrition, LLC

Panel discussion: Made for women, by women – empowering female entrepreneurs

Showcasing the female entrepreneurs who are designing and producing nutraceutical products aimed at women, addressing specific female needs, wants, and concerns. Highlighting efforts that are being made by individuals, businesses, organizations to support female-centric businesses in the nutraceutical industry via investment, mentorship, lobbying, advocacy, etc. 

Aline Santa Izabel

Innovation Ecosystems & Partnerships Manager, Compare Foundation | DigitalWell Ventures  

Dr Raphaelle O'Connor

 Senior Product Development and R&D Consultant, inewtrition   

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