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BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- The Female Quotient (The FQ), a woman-owned business curating experiences, media, and solutions for women and organizations committed to advancing equality, today announced the full lineup for its highly anticipated signature Equality Lounge® at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. 

Marking the biggest lounge in the company’s history, The FQ is hosting 70+ panels and 400 speakers over the course of 4 days during the festival. The impressive lineup of speakers includes leading CMOs, agency and business leaders, creatives, athletes, celebrities, and influencers from across the globe. 

With a packed agenda of groundbreaking programming, there is something for everyone, whether you’re interested in exploring AI’s impact on the advertising industry, inclusive leadership, the power of female friendships—and everything in between. 

“At The Female Quotient, we work with conscious leaders to rewrite the rules of the workplace to advance equality, and what better place to push the boundaries and think differently about these real-world issues than Cannes Lions?” said Shelley Zalis, CEO and founder of The Female Quotient. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring together the smartest design thinkers, innovators, disrupters, and solution seekers to accelerate our progress towards changing the equation and closing the gender gap.”

The Equality Lounge® is taking place June 19-22 at the Hôtel Martinez located at 73 Bd de la Croisette in Cannes, France. Here are highlights from this one-of-a-kind experience:

FQ Featured Conversations

The FQ’s signature Equality Lounges® are known for challenging the status quo and igniting real change through bold, authentic, collaborative conversations. These are just some of the thought-provoking discussions that you can look forward to experiencing at this year’s Cannes Lions.

The FQ’s Man@Cannes: Panel Conversations of Men. For Everyone.  
July 19, 20, 21, 22 4 p.m. CEST

For the first time, The FQ is hosting 4 all-male panels at Cannes. Once upon a time, the “manel”—defined as a non-diverse panel of men talking about their expertise in business—was a non-inclusive practice of industry conferences. But, The FQ is inclusive by design, so why host panel conversations of men? According to The FQ M.A.L.E. Report (Men’s Attitudes and Learnings on Equality), a research study being released on June 16th, men overwhelmingly care about equality and are taking actions to make progress. With diverse representation across the sessions, the men The FQ is bringing together look forward to talking about topics critical to achieving equality—that you don’t often hear executive men discussing. From sharing unpaid labor to raising the next generation of empathetic leaders to reproductive rights, the Man@Cannes panel conversations will be moderated by TIME, Washington Post, Adweek, and more.

The World is Watching: Why 2023 is the Year Everything Changed for Women and Sports
June 19 11:30 a.m. CEST

We’re halfway through what’s proved to be a pivotal year for women in sports; with record viewership for the NCAA women's basketball tournament and all eyes on USWNT as they pursue a historic three-peat at the Women’s World Cup. It’s clear the increased interest and investment in women’s sports is more than a splash in the pan, it’s a full-blown social movement. As global brands look to jump in and drive spending towards women’s sports, there’s a lot on the line. Join The FQ’s very own Shelley Zalis as she moderates a discussion with legendary female athletes, including Ashlyn Harris, Scout Bassett, and Sue Bird, to share their perspectives and assess what’s at stake for athletes, brands and fans alike.

A Discussion of Honesty, Health, and Happiness with Jameela Jamil 
June 20, 2:30 p.m. CEST

Mental health is finally getting the attention it deserves, allowing for more honest and open conversations around a topic that has traditionally been left unspoken. Hear from Jameela Jamil, vocal advocate and prominent voice in the movement, on how she’s breaking down barriers and helping others by sharing her own experiences and how brands can support these conversations in an authentic and meaningful way.

It’s Her, Tinx: Christina Najjar on Her Journey from Creator to Global Superstar
June 21, 1 p.m. CEST

From digital content creator to author, podcaster, radio host, and so much more, Tinx turned her pandemic hobby into a global brand. Hear from the star herself about her journey, creating a personal brand, building a fanbase across mediums, finding her value, and helping others to do the same.


Recharge and Reset with The FQ

Amidst so much excitement, The FQ is offering a dedicated wellness area where festival goers will have the unique opportunity to reset – body and mind. From IV drips and B12 shots with Well + Good to massages with Therabody, The FQ will have everything needed to recharge. Not to mention, The FQ and Alo Moves are inviting everyone to start their day off right with complimentary yoga, yogalates, and sound bath sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

The FQ Mane Campaign: The State of Gender Equality

The FQ is thrilled to announce its Mane Campaign, a visual representation of the state of gender equality. In partnership with 6, a creative shop specializing in purposeful campaigns, The FQ is using the symbol of the Cannes Festival of Creativity, the male lion’s mane, as its creative domain for reflecting current statistics on the state of equality. The designs will be posted throughout The Equality Lounge®, as well as featured on custom merch available for purchase in The FQ’s pop-up shop. 


The Equality Lounge® was built by women for everyone. The FQ takes pride in being intentionally inclusive. The lounges are open to all—no badge or entry fee required. And, the Equality Lounge® at Cannes Lions is taking this commitment to inclusion one step further with enhanced accessibility. 

The FQ & Understood Partnership Brings More Accessibility for the Neurodivergent

The FQ is partnering with to outfit its lounge with several elements, including a new typeface, directional signage, and networking prompts, dedicated to improving accessibility for neurodivergent festival attendees.

The Female Quotient has an official Content Partnership with the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. All Equality Lounge® sessions will be streamed live on The FQ’s LinkedIn. For more info on FQ Speakers and the full agenda, click here. 

About The Female Quotient

The Female Quotient (The FQ) is in the Business of Equality,® changing the equation to close the gender gap. The FQ is a woman-owned business that provides experiences, media and solutions for women and organizations committed to advancing equality. The FQ’s end-to-end equality platform includes co-branded research, content campaigns, ESG reporting, counsel and partnership opportunities at its signature Equality Lounges®. Visibility is further driven through The FQ’s robust social, media, and editorial channels. The FQ approach is intersectional, inspirational, and inclusive, working with leaders and rising stars in every industry and around the world. For more information to close the gender gap, visit The Female Quotient on LinkedIn and Instagram.


SOURCE: The Female Quotient

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