Are we doing enough to help women stay on track?

By Osato Evbuomwan

Gender equality in the labour market continues to be a hotly debated subject. Issues like pay gaps and the lack of women in senior and middle leadership positions have been the main focus of the feminist movement and as a result, we have recorded some progress in overturning a history of entrenched sexism in the workplace. …


Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. Oprah and Maya Angelou. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett. Our greatest heroes and trailblazers would not have become so without the advice and wisdom of mentors who enlightened their path. In The Room, we call them Pathfinders. Custodians of insight and experience, their work is shaped by a passion for guiding, advising, coaching, and connecting tomorrow’s leaders. Meet the Pathfinders of The Room.


Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” In this segment of the “Diary of a Divergent Entrepreneur” series, Daniella Sachs uses her seemingly irrational hobby of cliff-diving as a metaphor for the giant leaps of faith she has taken in her own life. Sharing the learnings she has gained from embracing uncertainty, she charges us to ask ourselves whether we are ‘dying to live’ or ‘living to die’.

That day is distinctly etched in my memory. I remember the way the shadows seemed to envelop the sharp rocks surrounding the…


Ambition is a powerful force. It can drive you to reach unimaginable heights of success — but it can also be your greatest downfall, leading to stress, burnout and a disconnected personal life. This dilemma is what propelled Nicolai Chen Nielsen to embark on his new book, Return on Ambition, with co-author Nicolai Tillisch. Following years of research, he shares key insights on what he’s learned about ambition and how it can be harnessed to forge a meaningful life of both accomplishment and connection.

Sitting in Dubai’s International Financial Center in 2014, my friend and co-author Nicolai Tillisch and I…


What can we learn from nature? According to André Hoffmann, Vice Chairman of Roche Holdings, the natural world is not something to be simply admired or preserved — it is something to which we are deeply interconnected. Sharing insights from his lifelong passion for the environment on a recent episode of The Pathway, André explored some of the ways in which he’s applied these insights to his remarkable business career.

In the next instalment of his series of Reflections on The Pathway, Mike O’Brien distils key lessons on adaptability, reinvention and evolution from André’s colourful conversation with Fred Swaniker.

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In a world full of problems, why work for paltry gain when you can do the seemingly impossible and put a dent in the universe? This is the path Ted Schmitt has chosen to tread. The Director of Conservation at Vulcan, a company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen with the mission of making and leaving the world a better place, Ted spoke with us about discovering his purpose in conservation and how he’s using technology to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

You began your career as a software engineer but discovered your vocation in wildlife. …


Of the 10 countries most threatened by climate change, 9 are in Africa. This grim reality has injected the groundbreaking work of serial social entrepreneur Ndidi Nwuneli with a sense of urgency. An award-winning agripreneur, author and TED Global speaker, Ndidi has had over 25 years of experience scaling social innovation on the African continent. She is the co-founder of AACE Foods and Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition, which shapes agricultural policy and ecosystem solutions across West Africa, as well as being the founder of Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability & Professionalism (LEAP) Africa and founder and Chair of Nourishing Africa.

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We live in a world that celebrates independence, individualism and self-reliance — but at what cost? What gets lost when we’d rather ‘go it alone’ than reach out for help? In a follow-up to his seminal article on the perils of being Over-Connected and Under-Related, leadership development expert Steve Boehlke explores the flip side of this dilemma, providing critical insight into how we can improve our ways of connecting and become more intentional in how we interact with others.

Many of us strive to manage responsibly our time and energy in a world of tech-driven connections and media saturation; constant…


In our final instalment of The Room’s Most Inspiring Women, we feature innovators, social entrepreneurs and newsmakers across a broad range of spheres — from human rights to Hollywood, marketing to media, science and engineering to the tech industry. While they may operate in a diverse array of countries and contexts, they were chosen on the basis of their extraordinary achievements and contributions as fearless leaders in The Room.

Oulimata Sarr


Hosted by founder of The Room, Fred Swaniker, The Pathway is a conversation series with global leaders that aims to uncover the milestones, challenges, relationships and opportunities that have enabled their path to significance. On a recent episode, Fred engaged in a special conversation with Reeta Roy, President of the Mastercard Foundation and a distinguished member of The Room. A passionate advocate for the world’s most vulnerable, she has worked tirelessly to build a foundation that is collaborative and known for its lasting impact.

Reflecting on their conversation, Mike O’Brien draws lessons from Reeta’s beliefs on the importance of curiosity…

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