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Panel Discussion: Women in Business Around the World: A Series of Lightning Talks (virtual)

March 1, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

While representation is on the rise for women in business, women are still underrepresented in the field globally. It has been proven that women make significant positive changes to organizational culture and processes, as well as to the bottom line. Women around the world are excelling as entrepreneurs, running mature businesses, and bringing more diversity to the workforce. In this engaging set of lightning talks held in honor of Women’s History Month, our expert speakers will share global perspectives of businesswomen, address the unique challenges women face in the field, and encourage future globally-competent women business leaders. Our speakers include:


Being A Multiplier


Yara Al Sayed, based in Dubai, Regional Marketing Manager for Fragrance & Fashion Accessories at Parfums Christian Dior Orient

Yara Al Sayed is a young professional who has over 8 years of regional marketing experience in the Middle East. During this short talk, she will shed light on her experience as a woman in the luxury field in the MENA region, and the importance of aiming to be a multiplier within any organization. A multiplier refers to a person who is actively engaging in, not only self-growth, but the growth of others – this has been key to Yara’s success. Part of being a multiplier is also acting with purpose, leadership skills, and accountability; the more women see other women do this while thriving, the more they believe they can too.


From Reporting on the Field to Reinventing the Newsroom as a Businesswoman


Alia Ibrahim, based in Beirut, co-founder and CEO of, an independent digital media platformBased in Lebanon, Alia Ibrahim is co-founder and CEO of, an independent digital media platform. She has spent the majority of her career reporting from the Middle East and around the world. Noticing a need for a new media platform, Ibrahim entered the world of business and launched her own company in November 2017.  In this talk, she will share her experience working both as a woman journalist and CEO in the Middle East and beyond.

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Co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida, the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota, the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington, and Carolina Women in Business.

UNC-Chapel Hill


March 1, 2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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