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Geraldine Gallacher

Founder and Managing Director, Executive Coaching Consultancy

Since setting up The Executive Coaching Consultancy Geraldine has become known for her advocacy of board diversity and helps organisations to increase their gender intelligence by introducing them to a range of coaching interventions designed to bolster the female pipeline in particular. She enjoys engaging men in the debate and presents on gender differences in career paths and the need for a balanced board to those predominantly male boards seeking to address this business challenge. She is well attuned to the challenges faced by managers who have to balance their employees’ needs for flexibility with their company’s need for client responsiveness. Geraldine has coached many women through the different stages of their careers helping them to successfully navigate the vulnerable maternity years, start to on-ramp again in their mid-career and find their authentic leadership style. She works well with senior women at Board and Partner level inspiring them to “sit at the table” as advocated by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.

Does Women's Conscientiousness Contribute To The Gender Pay Gap?

This has certainly been an issue occasionally for the bankers that we coach where some maternity returners have received a lower bonus during their first year back and are then pegged at that bonus level ever after, but what about the vast majority of women not on a bonus scheme?
11/09/2017 13:57 BST

Brexit - Better or Worse for Working Parents?

My first instinct when discovering that we will now leave the EU was dismay and shock. Next was concern: what lies ahead? Nobody can say. There are certainly lots of things to worry about. But as managing director of an executive coaching consultancy that specialises in Parental Transition coaching, my biggest concern was that the far-sighted parental rights won over the last 40 years, and which now contribute so much to workplace gender equality, might unravel.
29/06/2016 12:49 BST

The Gender Pay Gap Reporting Fails to Get to the Heart of the Imbalance

What a pleasant surprise to read that David Cameron is looking to force companies into revealing the pay gap between men and women. It's an eye-catching proposal which is attractive in its simplicity: by having to make pay gaps visible, companies will feel compelled to address the issue of gender pay inequality.
03/08/2015 11:28 BST

Tackling the Shortfall in GPs - Flexible Hours is an Answer, Not the Problem

Much as City firms have benefited significantly from developing innovative flexible working schemes to attract and retain talented staff, it strikes me that a solution that could go a long way in addressing GP recruitment issues is actually to encourage more flexible working, for both sexes, not to try and restrict it.
03/03/2015 17:27 GMT

Are Employers Waking Up to the Talent Time Bomb?

Companies must flex more dynamically around individual experience and life stage. It simply isn't going to cut it if the company is constantly in consultation about its HR policy only to find that once it has finally been agreed it has already lost any relevance!
08/08/2014 12:46 BST

Flash Boys But No Flash Girls

Being collaborative is often cited as something that women are better at than men. Now before I elaborate on this point I would like to start with the caveat that there are more differences among men and among women than there are between the genders. I think it's important to make that case up front and to make sure that any discussion on gender differences does not resort to general stereotyping.
09/07/2014 12:49 BST

Ladies... Mind the Gap

In the work I do around gender differences I'm becoming increasingly aware that they are not as collaborative as I might have expected on the issue of gender differences. I think there's a bigger generation gap among women than men when it comes to this. I find that women are less supportive of each other...
10/02/2014 12:43 GMT

Government Research Into Maternity Leave Discrimination

I have seen returning mothers, particularly in the City, feeling very vulnerable about their positions, especially when management changes while they were away. They feel as if their track record has been effectively wiped out. Managers have also become risk averse when putting together their teams.
13/11/2013 11:19 GMT

Arianna's Third Metric - It's More About Age Than Sex

I hate to sound like a sycophant but I do think Arianna Huffington was spot on when she implored the all-female grad class of Smith College to "redefine success" rather than "climb the ladder of success".
07/06/2013 13:31 BST

Meyer's Misguided Attempt to Turn the Flexi-Working Clock Back

I was taken aback last week, to put it mildly, by the CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Meyer's take on flexible working. It struck me as being an enormously retrograde step, based on mistaken views, and doubly puzzling coming both from the boss of a technology firm and someone who has at other times been a beacon for equality and forward thinking.
06/03/2013 18:09 GMT

A Simple Solution to the Libor Fixing Scandal

I have a simple solution to avoid the next financial scandal whether it's CDOs or Libor - hire more women. I mean it. Seriously. Some of women's self-questioning, collaboration and prudence would act as a much needed balance to men's more gung-ho approach.
11/02/2013 13:03 GMT

Is Adland Losing Its Madmen Image?

The latest IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) census reports that the proportion of senior women (Chair, CEO or MD) has risen from a paltry 13.5% last year to a more respectable 21.5% this year. That's an impressive shift albeit from a frankly astonishingly low base.
07/12/2012 11:27 GMT

All Aboard? The EU Looks Again at Quotas for Women on Boards

Merely sticking to the status quo will achieve little in progressing gender balance in the boardroom. Regulatory nudges have helped, with FTSE 100 boardrooms having risen to around 17% women, but something more forceful will be required to get anywhere near 40%.
13/11/2012 17:01 GMT