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Leila Hoteit resents the advice Western women tend to give “poor, oppressed Arab women.” She asserts that Western women could learn a lot from their Arab counterparts, who have devised ways to find fulfillment and achieve success in male-dominated environments. Hoteit shares three valuable lessons she learned as a professional Arab woman. getAbstract recommends her illuminating, empowering talk to women of all cultures and backgrounds.

About the Speaker

Women’s advocate Leila Hoteit is a partner and managing director at the Boston Consulting Group’s Dubai office.



Leila Hoteit grew up in Lebanon at a time when the culture discouraged education and professionalism for women. She studied abroad, earned degrees in electrical engineering and became a consultant in the Middle East. She worked in a male-dominated environment and had no professional role models: Women were a rarity in leadership roles in the Arab world, and her male colleagues couldn’t relate to the range of pressures she confronted. She didn’t find support or inspiration from female colleagues in the West, who faced constraints that varied widely from her own. Hoteit came to realize that Arab women had to become their own role models. Maneuvering in male-dominated societies and excelling in spite of cultural inflexibility compels Arab women...

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