Women in the Boardroom

Trump As President? Now It's Time To Impose Quotas For Boardrooms

Andrea Catherwood | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Andrea Catherwood

"To all the little girls watching... never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world" Hillary Clinton's words after she failed to shatter the glass ceiling to the very top floor.

Unleashing Female Leadership Potential

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Rebecca Emerson

Gender inequality remains undeniable across much of the business world, and is particularly visible at leadership level. Having worked in the banking and finance sector for over two decades, I have seen and been part of attempts to address this issue. It's clear there is growing commitment to programmes and investments that develop more women into industry leaders.

Women in Business Q&A: Sheila Ronning, CEO & Founder, Women in the Boardroom

Laura Dunn | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK
Laura Dunn

Long before women on boards was a hot topic, Sheila Ronning believed in women's ability to serve on corporate boards strongly enough to become the Fou...

Boardroom Diversity Risks Going Into Reverse Gear as Lord Davies Spotlight Dims

Suki Sandhu | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Suki Sandhu

To ensure all of this work doesn't go to waste, we need ongoing pressure to sustain and improve on today's position. We need companies to focus on nurturing the next generation of female talent with executive leadership programmes and by allowing more flexible working arrangements and other family-friendly policies.

Why Role Models Can Help Address the Boardroom Imbalance

Edwina Dunn | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Edwina Dunn

In the world of business, performance is everything. Loss and profit are the margins that dictate success and failure at the top of our largest companies. Cue a raft of changes at the helm of the FTSE 100 elite: female executives are making the marginal gains.

Getting Women on Board

Mandy Garner | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

There has been a lot of fanfare this week around the reaching of the 25% target for women on boards. Lord Davies set this voluntary target for FTSE 100 companies back in 2011. It's clearly a good thing that boardrooms are getting more diverse and having a target has meant the whole issue has been in the news for the last few years.

How to Bring Balance to Boardrooms and Beyond

Jayne Morris | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Jayne Morris

Traditional eastern philosophies explain that in nature all matter consists of feminine (ying) and masculine (yang) energy that change in balance with...

Can We Help Boardrooms Find an Untapped Reservoir of Talented Women?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK
Debbie Bannigan

I'm an old-school feminist. I joined the workforce a week after my 16th birthday, less than two years after the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act hit the statute books. Although we had an Act of Parliament to say that we couldn't be discriminated against, I'm not sure that everyone believed it. Certainly my dad didn't.

Why I Won't Be 'Leaning Back'

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK
Lindsay Pattison

The boardroom can be an intimidating environment, especially when you're new to it. Old school boards can be either full of 'yes' men and cigar smoke with a controlling chair, or a noisy room full of jousting and bravado. Neither is ideal. Global agency network boards are steadfastly male dominated, so it's something I've had to adapt to, fast.

Five Reasons Why Emotion Has a Place in the Boardroom

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

While, in the era of the power suit, it would easy to think that a steely demeanour is the passport to success - and to feel like a failure if a difficult meeting or deadline sends you reaching for the tissues, or something stronger, after hours, the presence of emotion in business can be a good thing.

The Mummy Track - A Man-Made Trap

Soozi Baggs | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This is the Mummy Track. A subtle quirk of the workplace which somehow manages to circumvent equal employment legislation and allows pregnant women and mothers to be shamefully discriminated against.

Why Businesses Keep Misdiagnosing Gender Diversity

Jon Dymond | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Jon Dymond

Last Saturday saw the 114th International Women's Day. Recognised globally, the initiative aims to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, while focusing on areas requiring further action. One such area, thrown to the top of the news agenda over past weeks, is women's position in both the senior ranks of business...

Walking Serenely to the Boardroom

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Since the recession of 2008, women's progress in almost every sphere - from pay to prospects - has gone into reverse. It's no coincidence that action on correcting our rapidly degrading environment has plummeted in a similar way.

'Behind Every Great Woman Is an Effective Quota System' - Is This the Future of Women in the Boardroom?

Frances Dickens | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Frances Dickens

Businesses clearly have a long way to go before there is equality in the boardroom. But market forces rather than quotas are a large part of the answer.

Female Quotas Are Nasty But Necessary

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

We all know business and politics are dominated by men. In a rather pathetic indictment of the situation, there are more Eton graduates than women in the Cabinet. But why are we resorting to quotas to address the problem? What happened to skills and talent?

Banks Could Be Forced To Set Female Quotas

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK

Banks, building societies and insurance companies will be forced to set quotas for the number of women in their senior management and release their di...

Tales From the Top - Addressing the Gender Inequalities in the Boardroom

Emily Kettle | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Kettle

Why should businesses actively pursue a diverse board? Because diversity creates a more innovative, dynamic boardroom, that incorporates more of the varied skills that make a business successful. So what can be done do to get more women into senior positions?

Female Middle Managers: The Engine Room of the Economy

Karen Gill | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Gill

It's all very well desperately finding women to sit on boards in an effort to head off compulsory quotas, but for there to be real and lasting change in the boardroom there needs to be large numbers of talented women coming up through the ranks. So how do we address the female talent pipeline?

Study Finds Women Face SEVERAL Glass Ceilings

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK

The difficulty women face in securing top jobs has long been summed up by the notion of a glass ceiling. But new research shows that there isn’t ...

Board to Death...

Vanessa Vallely | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK
Vanessa Vallely

Since the Lord Davies report there has been increasing focus on board compositions and the apparent lack of women moving in to senior positions. Over the past 3 years we have witnessed various organisations and events focusing on how to address the gender gap at board leve

Why Aren't There More Women on Boards?

Liz Campbell | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Campbell

This is a question that has often crossed my mind, because, over the years, I've met and worked with so many capable and inspiring females. I'm certain there are lots of women want to be on boards but somehow their talents have yet to be firmly recognised.

Should Women Use Humour in the Boardroom?

Lynne Parker | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

We women have to employ a stealth approach to using humour in the boardroom, on public platforms and to build our relationships with friends and families. When we group together in tribes, professional networks, social or family groups, we are funny - gobsmackingly, hilariously funny, funny, funny.

It's Time to Get Personal

Karen Gill | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK
Karen Gill

For women in business, building a strong personal brand is a critical investment in the rise to the top. As Rita showed us so powerfully through the annual Interbrand Brand Index, strong brands have held their value even in difficult times. There is less risk in a strong brand and more chance of a return.

The Week That Was: World Relations

Carla Buzasi | Posted 17.05.2012 | UK
Carla Buzasi

As mothers across Britain wake up this morning to bunches of flowers, breakfast in bed and handmade cards, it seems appropriate that one of the biggest news stories of the past week was the sharp increase in the number of women taking up board positions across the UK. I say "sharp increase", in practical terms, the headline-making reality is merely that we are on track to exceed the government's recommendation of 25% of FTSE 100 board positions being filled by women by 2015, hardly a victory for equality, but a step in the right direction if nothing else.

Women in Society

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK
Baroness Mary Goudie

International Women's Day is an important celebration of the great strides women around the world are making to ensure they are recognised and working towards equality.