BLOG: Liz Claman on 'Working Parties' in Davos and the 'Opportunity to Network and Learn'
Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman is live covering the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She's sat down with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Imax Corp. CEO Richard Gelfond, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs and many more top business leaders. On tap for tomorrow: Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates! Don't miss it on Fox Business Network and check out her latest blog below.
By Fox Business Network Anchor Liz Claman
You've heard of a "working lunch?" At Davos it's "working parties." Everyone thinks a party is just a lot of relaxation and fun but last night was a perfect example of how all the soirees present excellent opportunities to network and learn.
Last night, my Fox Business producer Yvette Michael and I first headed out to the Yale party at the Belvedere Hotel (nicest hotel in Davos, and no, I don't get to stay there. It's booked for WEF 15 years in advance).
While I'm a UC Berkeley and not a Yale grad, 2 years ago while flying to Davos I sat next to Yale President Richard Levin and he invited me. Every year it's a gathering of big minds and big ideas.
Last night we ran into Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi. She was talking to me but at the same time deftly blackberrying Derek Jeter who was en-route to the Yale party. He's here representing Pepsi's Gatorade division. He's got to be the first MLB player to hang out in Davos.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was there schmoozing, along with Professor Robert Schiller, Yale professor and one half of the Case/Schiller home price index. Rich Gelfond, CEO of Yale was there, happy his lost luggage had finally arrived.
Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson, a Fox Business fan, was there, and while everyone wanted to see Jeter breeze in, half of us had to head on to the next party.
I went straight to Goldman Sachs' "10,000 Women" private dinner where Facebook's star exec Sheryl Sandberg and NY Times' columnist Nick Kristof led a conversation about women aiming for success and what sabotages them (Male execs? Women's own inhibitions about aiming high? A little of both maybe?). Sandberg has just written a book called "Lean In" (March 2013) about how women and girls can shed the self-fulfilling prophesy of mediocre moves in the corporate world and really break out and succeed.
Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn greeted us and flat-out stated that if companies want to succeed, they better include women in the equation in a meaningful way. Fascinating discussion ensued for an hour and a half in a town where party hopping entails a strict 20 minute stay at each event. Goldman's powerhouse braintrust behind "10,000 Women" is Dina Powell, a true winner no matter what your gender.
The only bummer of the evening? I lost my ski glove somewhere between the Hotel Seehof and our cozy, little apartment on Cassannstrasse by the Kongress Center. Lucky I brought 2 other pairs. It's 29 degrees on top of this Swiss mountain!