A businesswoman steps forward in a line of businessmen, signifying female leadership.

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For most of history, the accomplishments of women have been discounted, downplayed, and overlooked. But thanks to a newfound emphasis on diversity and inclusion, female leaders are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

An increasing amount of initiatives aimed at honoring the achievements of female innovators is proof that times are changing. Take, for example, the Women’s Forum Rising Talents initiative—a global program that “aims to distinguish highly talented young women who are on their way to becoming influential figures in our economies and societies.” The initiative is sponsored by private equity company Eurazeo, asset management corporation Lazard, and leadership consulting firm Spencer Stuart.

Every year, approximately 20 young women are inducted into the Rising Talents network. In order to be selected, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A female up to the age of 40 as of the start of the annual Women’s Forum Global Meeting (the 2018 forum will take place in Paris on November 14-16).
  • Is committed to attending the Women’s Forum Global Meeting.
  • Has demonstrated exceptional skills, bravery, and leadership in both her professional and personal life.
  • Has made a positive impact in her professional sphere, community, society, and is committed to furthering her influence with generosity and humility.
  • Is curious, open-minded, and exhibits a global perspective with a proven track record.
  • Is eager to give back to the community and is proactive in enacting positive social change.
  • Speaks fluent English.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Women’s Forum Rising Talents initiative. With that comes a whole new generation of women who are positively shaping the world. The impact of this type of program cannot be understated, as it not only provides a platform for adolescent girls to aspire to, but also sets a good precedent for young boys. In the process, it brings society one-step closer to achieving gender equality.

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