Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of consultancy 20-first. 20-first works with progressive global companies interested in gender balancing their leadership teams and optimising 100% of the talent pool and 100% of the market. She helps CEOs, Executive Committees and managers build ‘gender bilingual’ organisations. The firm’s renowned leadership debates and advisory services assist leaders in understanding and unlocking the opportunities that more gender balance can bring to their bottom line(s). You can order Avivah’s book Seven Steps to a Leading Gender-Balanced Business (March 2014), here or through Amazon in your country.


Gender-balancing: countries, companies & couples defy history | Avivah Wittenberg-Cox | TEDxWarwick


INTERVIEW in UK TELEGRAPH : “It’s not women we need to fix, it’s the workplace”

She is also author of these publications:

  • one-key-gender-balance

  • four-phases-women-careers

  • seven-steps-leading-gender-balanced-business

… and author of these 2 best sellers from 2009 & 2010:

She speaks on leadership, marketing and talent management issues across the globe, is a guest lecturer at leading business schools, including HEC and INSEAD, and blogs for Harvard Business Review. The first female columnist of Der Spiegel’s Manager Magazine, she is Founder and Honorary President of the Professional Women’s Network (PWN Global). Her first book was awarded the prestigious MANPOWER Best Book of the Year prize and was selected as a Business Book of the Year by the Conference Board. Avivah has been recognised by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change.

Presentation languages: English, French Nationalities: French, Swiss, Canadian  Download Avivah’s speaker profile here Download photos of Avivah here


Video Highlight of Avivah Wittenberg-Cox’s speaking engagements and interviews


  • Stop Fixing Women – Start Building Sustainable Businesses

    Interview in the Telegraph´s Business Reporter

    Smart companies understand that gender balance builds sustainable organisations, better positioned to adapt to 21st century realities.

Sample Speeches

21st Century Leadership Why CEOs Need to Get Serious About Sex A C-level perspective on WHY gender matters to 21st century business, and HOW to implement effective balance “Bilingual” Sales & Marketing Connecting with Both Halves of the Consumer Market An in-depth look at how better gender understanding can open new market spaces and increase customer satisfaction “Bilingual” Talent Management Recruiting, Retaining, Promoting Both Halves of the Talent Pool A pragmatic guide to HOW companies can implement sustainable solutions (and what hasn’t worked in the past) WHY & HOW Women Mean Business A Walk around Womenomics A wake-up call on why ‘women’ is a business issue, not a women’s issue For Women: “The Time is NOW” Power ful and inspiring empowerment strategies for promoting real progress in organisations

Recent engagements

The Economist Conference, NEW YORK Senior Women in Business Conference, MELBOURNE Open Company Conference, ZAMBIA Communidad Mujer Conference, CHILE 10th World Knowledge Forum, SEOUL Peter Drucker Global Forum, VIENNA Cherie Blair Foundation Conference, MUMBAI Euro Finance Week, FRANKFURT Opportunity NOW, LONDON EU Commission, BRUSSELS UBS Conference, TOKYO