Lenovo supports the 4th edition of Women's Forum for the Economy and Society

Lenovo also partners the SciTechGirls Initiative launched during the summit in Deauville in 2007

(PresseBox) ( Deauville, France, )
Lenovo, a global leader in the PC market, is again supporting this year the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society. The theme of this year's edition is: "Progress to share, future to dare". Open discussions through round tables and meetings will focus on progress, its definition and where it will lead us. As an example of a global company coming from an emerging market and one of the most innovative companies in the IT industry, Lenovo will be present as sponsor and speaker to share its experience and commitment in the field.

Committed to promoting diversity and dedicated to finding the best talents around the world, regardless of gender, nationality or culture, Lenovo is proud to support the 4th Women's Forum in Deauville and the SciTechGirls initiative with its technological partner Intel.

Lenovo and the 2008 Women's Forum in Deauville
Lenovo has been supporting the Women's Forum organization for 3 years now and was also a partner of the recent Asia edition. Lenovo is partnering again with the global organization for its 4th edition. Ms. Fran O'Sullivan, Senior Vice President Product Group at Lenovo will be participating in the "Women and Science" session on Friday afternoon, October 17th. The round table will focus on how to nurture young women's interest in pursuing careers in science and technology and how to attract and retain talents in those fields. The debates will aim to analyze the part that educational and cultural factors play in promoting women in science and technology and what specific contribution women can play in these fields.

As a Global Senior Executive, Fran O'Sullivan holds a key role within Lenovo; she is responsible for worldwide management of Lenovo's mobile and desktop Think-branded product lines, displays, options, workstations and servers. Fran is also an executive sponsor of the WILL (Women in Lenovo Leadership) programme. As an engineer with a technical background, Fran is very active in promoting IT and scientific careers worldwide. She participates regularly in academic discussions and conferences and is frequently interviewed by the press on that topic.

"Fostering excellence in the management of women's career is critical to attract and retain female talents" explains Fran O'Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Product Group, Lenovo. "Beyond our WILL programme aimed to promote Women in Lenovo, partnering with the Women's Forum and taking part in the SciTechGirls initiative, are all ways in which we demonstrate our commitment to women working in technology positions, both now and in the future."

Other Lenovo key female executives attending this Global edition of the Women's Forum are:

- Caroline Bettini - Human Resources Manager, France
- Catherine Ladousse, Executive Director Corporate Marketing & Communications for Europe Middle East and Africa and founding member of WILL in Lenovo.
- Isla Ramos Chaves - Director of Strategy and Sales Enablement, Centre Of Excellence - Europe Middle East and Africa,
- Francesca Spada - Human Resources Director, Europe Middle East and Africa,

Lenovo and Intel: Proud to join the SciTechGirls initiative
Lenovo is an active sponsor of SciTech Girls with its key partner, Intel. Bernadette Andrietti, EMEA Director- European Union Region - Intel, and Isabelle Ferande, Marketing & Communication Manager for Intel France, will both be taking part in the programme.

"As part of Intel's policy for workforce diversity, which aims at meeting the expectations of distinct markets, we are honored to be part of the Women's Forum alongside with our key partner Lenovo. Specifically, the SciTechGirls' positioning and objectives perfectly match our approach to encourage and recruit female science talents." said Bernadette Andrietti.

Lenovo believes that the scarcity of women resources in the IT industry, as in Science, is a general and long lasting trend. It can be reversed only if a set of actions is taken collectively and globally by the industry and very early in young girls' education curricula, creating the elements that will motivate them to embrace scientific and IT careers. This is why Lenovo is happy to join the SciTechGirls initiative, convinced that the Women's Forum will have a strong and long lasting impact in that field.

Diversity - one of Lenovo's core concepts
The number of women is traditionally lower in the IT industry than in any other. As a global company implementing a worldsourcing strategy, Lenovo is eager to attract, retain and promote the best talents, including female talents, in each of the 160 countries where it operates.

Lenovo's diversity policy aims to unleash and enable the extraordinary talent of our globally diverse people to spark the innovation and creativity needed to win in the market place. As a truly global company, valuing and respecting diversity and cultural integration is the foundation of Lenovo's heritage. By leveraging both the similarities and differences of our diverse workforce we are uniquely able to meet the different cultural needs of all our customers; attract, develop and retain top talent; and create a workplace where employees are inspired to achieve their greatest potential.

To increase the number of women within the Lenovo teams and within Lenovo's top management, Lenovo launched the "Women In Lenovo Leadership" (WILL) programme in 2007. Locally and at a global level, WILL involves events, programmes and HR processes to enhance "work life balance", mentoring, networking, training, and external partnerships with other players engaged in women diversity.

With IT technologies being a key factor enabling mobility and flexibility, Lenovo's philosophy and commitment also translates to its product offerings - including notebook PCs equipped with the latest in messaging and workplace software - that enable executives, including women, to better manage work life balance.
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