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«Advance is an association and a network that takes specific measures to increase the share of women in leading positions in Switzerland.»



Our Mission

The Advance mission is to actively increase the share of women in leading positions in Swiss companies on an ongoing basis. We believe that sustained success depends on having a balanced gender mix at all levels of an organization.

Yet, the gender balance in senior leadership positions in Switzerland is still far from mixed. The share of women falls well below the international average at only 9%. Our aim is to ensure that women occupy 20% of all leading positions in our member companies by 2020 and hence that our economy benefits from the higher innovation, profit and productivity that result from having mixed-gender management teams.

Advance was founded following an initiative by female executives from ten leading Swiss based companies. It is a non-profit association and is funded through an annual subscription fee paid by the member companies. Other companies are highly welcome to become members.




Increase the percentage of women in leadership roles in the Advance member companies and beyond and boost gender diversity in Switzerland by:

Promoting the personal and professional development of highly qualified women who seek greater influence, visibility and impact; helping them to unleash their full potential, and thus become the architects of their own careers.
Encouraging companies to employ more women in leadership roles.

Striking partnerships with companies that enable us to exchange experiences and introduce specific measures to support  women in leadership roles.

Bringing about a change in strategy; and identify which measures need to be taken to remove existing barriers.


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Advance Gender Equality in Business
Claudia Solanes
Freigutstrasse 27
8002 Zürich / Schweiz

Phone: +41 (0) 76 295 56 64
Fax: +41 (44) 876 90 00


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