Break The Ceiling Touch The Sky


The 2020 Europe Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® offers participants a unique opportunity to learn best practices for gender diversity and inclusion, success and leadership from some of the greatest leaders in business today. Leaders with wide Europe and international experience who understand the context of  the current VUCA world  and are leading Europe’s efforts to get back to business despite the obvious challenges of the pandemic.  The 2020 Europe Edition is a virtual summit and is a perfect opportunity for women leaders in Europe (as well as male leaders who value  diversity & inclusion) to learn, connect and achieve at a best in class forum, which attracts participation from across industries. The 2020 Europe Edition focuses heavily on enabling women leaders with the future skills, best practices, tools and technologies to deliver higher ROI on their business, enhance their social impact and operate in a new VUCA World.

About This Event

Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women® is one of the world’s most admired “women in leadership” forums, with powerful editions set up in North America, Asia, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, and now Europe. The 2020 Europe Edition is the debut Europe Edition and is a virtual summit. Inspired by the love of a son (former P&G and Walmart executive Anthony A. Rose) for his mother, Break the ceiling touch the sky® has evolved since 2015 as a key accelerator of global gender diversity in the workplace, enabling women leaders (and male champions for diversity) to learn, network and achieve via the sharing of best practices on success, diversity and leadership. The summit continues to expand globally, lead by over 250 global C suite speakers annually, based on insights from over 10000 leaders and fuelled by gold-standard content from the worlds best Companies. Several thousand women leaders and male leaders have benefited from over 35 Countries.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is designed for Senior Managers, Directors, and VPs across functions from across Europe. While content is customized for women leaders, men who support gender diversity will gain extremely valuable insights into working with/ for women and winning with the female consumer. Delegates include middle and senior representatives across functions, aspiring General Managers/CEOs, and entrepreneurs as well. Any woman leader (or man who supports diversity) who wants to learn from the world’s best leaders and Companies, should join this conversation. This summit brings to bear the vast international experiences it has garnered through editions across the world. It is a forum that deeply engages men in the journey of women being successful and involves only the most success and professional leaders. Agenda for the 2020 Europe has been customised heavily to meet the requirements of a rapidly evolving Europe and to prepare leaders for success for 2021. The 2020 Europe Edition is limited to a max of 250 leadership talent participants online to enable excellent interaction and engagement of the participants with speakers.

Some of our confirmed speakers


Lana Popovic

Central and Eastern Europe President

The Coca-Cola Company


Vanessa Boag

GM Lubricants

Shell Europe


Margaret Franco

Chief Marketing Officer



John Casey

President and Managing Director

CNBC International


Julie Hamilton

Chief Commercial Officer


Leanne Cutts

Leanne Cutts

Group Chief Marketing Officer

HSBC Holdings plc

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Alex von Behr

vBAssociates; Sr. Advisor, HORP; former Global Chief Customer Officer


JoyJing Hui Xu

Joy Jing Hui Xu

CHRO, Asia & Global Head of Learning & Future of Work



Paul Prendergast

Accenture Managing Director, CFO & Enterprise Value, Europe Lead

Peter Freedman

Peter Freedman


Spring Impact

Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard


British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

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Pramod Agarwal

Former Global CFO, Global Hair Care & Color

Procter & Gamble


Anthony A. Rose

Chairman and CEO

House of Rose Professional.

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Brian Peters

Former Mr. Universe

Amanda Marks

Amanda Marks

People Consultant


Dr. Lisa Coleman

Senior Vice President, Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation 

New York University


Monique Lanaux

Vice President HR

The Albertsons Companies

Monique Ong

Monique Ong




Chester Twigg

Global Chief Commercial Officer



I have seen Break the ceiling, touch the sky conference go from strength to strength every year. This year’s conference was the best yet, bringing together great participation from CEO’s, C-Suite executives, Diversity & Inclusion practitioners and founders/heads of businesses. Anthony’s BTCTTS summit is really mobilizing a movement for building more gender balanced workplaces. It has something for everyone – CEO’s to learn from one another on how to drive change and progress towards gender diversity Women who are looking for advise on how to take their careers forward and Men who want to be champions of change.

Amita Chaudhury
Director, Sustainable business, South East Asia and Australasia at Unilever
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Dear Anthony,
It (the 2019 India edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky) was a fabulous and well spent day worth tremendous learnings and interactions.Thank you so much for hosting this, and am so glad that I could be there.

Shilpa Jain
Edelweiss Finance
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Thank you Anthony. It was a privilege to attend this event. So many new thoughts and perspectives to learn from. Thank you for letting me be part of the panel. I loved sharing my experiences and learnings with the wider community.

Sapna Balan
Walmart Labs
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Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with such inspiring and amazing women. Every panel offered diverse opinions and practical solutions. I enjoyed all the sessions. All the panelists were excellent.

Farina Kidwai
Lead Engineer, Emerson
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Thank you for organizing the summit and bringing together the inspiring bunch of leaders. It was wonderful to hear personal stories of leaders, examples of how they dealt with challenges & decisions taken at multiple stages.

Shruti Garude
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