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"A women lead army" - WPO Annual Conference in pictures

WPO South Africa Chapter Chairs and members from SA and Zimbabwe attending day 3 of WPO Annual Conference at The Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

'Disruptive innovation', an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products, and alliances. The term was defined and first analyzed by the American scholar Clayton M. Christensen and his collaborators beginning in 1995, and has been called the most influential business idea of the early 21st century. 

The 21st Women Presidents' Organization Annual Conference held from 2 to 4 May 2018, in Los Angeles California. The Annual Conference encourages members to share business strategies & experience with other successful women from all over the world, as well as learn from interactive seminars and speakers.

The 21st WPO Annual Conference was all about Disruption and the future of business. The conference hashtag was #WPOdisrupts and emulates all that women domination and empowerment entails. Women owned and led multi-million dollar enterprises disrupting all that we are familiar with in global business.

On day one, Dr Marsha Firestone, founder and president of the Women Presidents' Organization, bestows honorary WPO in-house professor status to Harvard professor, Lynda Applegate.

At the Platinum member summit in Los Angeles on day one with Platinum and Zenith members and Harvard professor, Lynda Applegate.

The first keynote address was delivered by Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, a global design company. His ideas on Designing for Disruption are fascinating. He suggests communities designing together would create major disruption and the internet offers the platform. Creating time to think is essential to design.

Evelyn Miralles, business technology strategist and principal engineer at NASA shares the Impact of Future Technologies on day 3.

Virtual reality lessons learnt and shared by NASA's business technology strategist and principal engineer, Evelyn Miralles.

Sitting in a room filled with women CEOs, directors, presidents and owners of multi million dollar companies! Inspiring or what!

WPO South Africa Chapter Chairs and members from SA and Zimbabwe attending day 3 of WPO Annual Conference at The Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

South African delegates at WPO Gala lunch for the awards ceremony of the 50 fastest women-owned/led businesses. Sponsored by American Express.

Some stats on the 50 Fastest Women owned/led companies in the US annual awards.

‘Align with other business and scale together’ said Phyllis Newhouse, number 5 in the 50 Fastest women owned/led. She was the key note speaker at the launch event of WPO Platinum 7 in South Africa in 2017.

Nina Vaca walked into the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in her prom dress. 29 years later, she walked into the same hotel as the Fastest growing women owned business of 2018, increasing her revenue from $202million to $2.2billion.

Viola Davis, rocks 1000 women with an unbelievably powerful talk on living a life bigger than yourself, a life of not just success, but significance. She spoke of a story she has a very emotional attachment to called the 'Woman King' which speaks to 250 years of a total women led army.

Behind the scenes of #WPOdisrupts 2018. SA members enjoying the sights of Los Angeles. From left: Anni Hoare (Owner of Crossroads Co & Head of WPO South Africa) and Tess Patuel (Financial Director of CL Holdings); Judy Sunasky (MD of Blendwell Chemicals) and Linda Botha (MD of SkillsTrain Distribution); Wendy Kemp (MD of Accountability)

Rachel Botsman, the final keynote speaker at the #WPOdisrupts, is a lecturer at the Oxford University's Said Business School and a world-renowned expert on technology and trust. She was named one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50

Well done to Margery Kraus, founder of APCO Worldwide, for this wonderful idea.

The announcement of next years conference.

900 women on a mission to change the world!

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