Webinar: 30% Club Award on Chapter Brazil

The Path to Gender Equity in Boards of Directors

In 2023, the Brazilian chapter of the 30% Club introduced an award to recognize companies in the IBrX 100 Index that had 30% or more women on their Boards of Directors. This award ceremony was held on November 30, 2023, and was the first edition of the award. The purpose of the initiative was to inspire other companies to achieve gender parity on their Boards of Directors.

The leaders from the awarded companies will share their experiences, challenges, opportunities and perspectives on the path to gender parity in Boards of Directors. The hope is that these 17 companies will inspire other companies in the IBrX 100 and pave the way for an increase in the number of awarded companies in the second edition of the award, which will be held on October 30, 2024.

After accepting the prize, Deborah Stern Vieitas delivered a speech to all the other companies.

Our webinar series is commencing with two winners of the 2023 award, Natura and Banco Santander. We are delighted to have Moacir Salzstein, Corporate Governance Officer at Natura & Co, and Deborah Stern Vieitas, Board Member of Banco Santander as our esteemed speakers. The event is open to all the chapters and members of the 30% Club movement who are cordially invited to join us on March 19 at 6:00 pm. You can access the webinar by visiting our LinkedIn page through the link below:


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Q: Caroline, give us an overview of your career path to date.


A: I am a global Finance professional with solid background in FP&A, Business Development, and Investor Relations. I am recognized for innovative problem solving, self-motivation, and  an inquisitive approach, exceeding goals in deadline-driven and cost-containing  environments.  


I started my career at Edenred, a French company (former Accord Group) specialized in  prepaid corporate services. I then joined Deloitte as a consultant for strategy and operations.  In 2012, I joined Hidrovias do Brasil, a fluvial transportation company managed by few private  equities – among which Blackstone and Patria Investimentos. I was responsible for structuring  and leading the FP&A/IR function and processes to adapt them to the organizational growth  from startup to operational company.  


Finally, in 2019, I joined Mondelēz as a Finance Manager for the North America Region to  support the structuring and expansion of the External Manufacturing department; in February 2021 I moved to the Procurement and Commodities department to support Mondelēz for risk  management of Commodities and Forex volatility.  

Over my career, I have experienced different environments, ranging from start-up to  recognized companies with fully established processes. 


I know this award carries many opportunities and responsibilities. The most important is to define how I will carry this accomplishment forth in my career, and how can I support others in building their own path.

Caroline Nahas, 30% Club Scholar

Why do you want to study your chosen course? 


This industry and market diversity present in my professional trajectory provided me with the  ability to adapt across different business cultures and leadership styles. As I am always  seeking to grow and develop, I constantly challenge ways of working and, most importantly, my personal approaches to business discussions. Now I want to bring this skillset to the next  level.  


Working in fast moving environments, the ability to manoeuvre through uncertainty is key.  Through this course I am aiming to acquire analytical toolsets that will make me more effective  in bringing innovative solutions and harness soft skills that would enable me to navigate and  bring value to my organization.


What are you hoping it will lead to? 


Since I started working in finance, my career goal was and remains to professionally pursue growth to achieve my lifelong aspiration to hold a CFO role within a multinational company. Experiencing Chicago Booth EMBA will provide me with the knowledge and the enriching exchanges with peers and faculty members that will help me to accelerate my career. I am confident it will strengthen my foundation skills to achieve my professional ambition. 


Why did you apply to the scholarship? 


Chicago Booth and the 30% Club partnered to offer this scholarship to support high potential  female students. I was fortunate to be granted to this award and be part of the 30% Club, among other amazing female candidates.  


I know this award carries many opportunities and responsibilities. and feel confident to strive  for them. Most important is to define how I will carry this accomplishment forth in my career,  and how can I support others in building their own path. 


What encouragement would you give to anyone considering applying for a 30% Club  scholarship? 


I believe it is an accomplishment to be admitted into a leading business school and gain the  opportunity to advance one’s career.  


I have no doubt that all admitted candidates can rely on their own strengths and have the  confidence to work for their professional and personal aspirations. Applying to become part of  the 30% Club is a major step towards achieving them as it will provide the opportunity to be  part of initiatives on career advancement and enhance networking & exchanging opportunities.

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