A lot of the conversation that surrounds this topic is about how we can accelerate women in middle management or executive roles to the boardroom and what indeed the best-practice is to achieve that goal. We know that quotas don't work and The Rise of Women in Society study backs that up.
Languages student, diversity champion, all round thespian.
Helena is a Modern Languages Student at Cambridge University and innovator of diversity programme "Dare 2B Different". Currently working on The Students' Aspiration Survey with the 30% Club.
We still live in an education system that is geared towards and favours men; be that reserving a place for an Etonian at King's College, or providing a boy's school with more funding. Now that we have equal educational rights, these age old agreements need to be revised, reformed and ultimately repealed.
02/04/2015 14:45 BST
I was speaking at the 30% Club from <strong>"Schoolroom to Boardroom" </strong>seminar: an afternoon where new initiatives which target young women, at school, university and early careers, were being launched. Needless to say, I was a small fish in a very big pond. Or, to continue the rowing analogy, a novice in a Blues boat.
11/12/2014 13:41 GMT
This is an intervention. An impending doom is descending on the nation. For many teens and twentysomethings across the country, GCSEs, A Levels and university exams are just around the corner.
16/04/2014 15:41 BST
The challenges for women in the workplace are being addressed. I am not convinced that that is the only setting where these issues are rife. There are links between university and work and I would like to work out where those lie.
04/04/2014 14:10 BST
The most poignant reflection for me this month has been the celebration of some of the most successful women of 2013... Could we say then that perhaps 2013 has been The Year of The Woman?
19/12/2013 15:38 GMT
I have temporarily swapped slovenly student life for that of a suited city slicker. With my track record in high heels, <em>"city-stumbler"</em> would be a more accurate description. I identify with this term, a <em>"Helena original"</em>, not only due to my distinct lack of work experience but also as a result of my natural clumsiness in the workplace.
12/12/2013 13:04 GMT
As I trawl through my Russian grammar books, revelling in the complexities of the perfective and imperfective case, deciphering letters that look more like variations of stick men and desperately try not to sound like a Welshman when speaking the language, I take a moment to remember "Dare 2 B Different" and consider its future successes.
12/11/2013 14:06 GMT
The diversity of the workforce is currently a hot topic. The focus is often on ethnic, gender and geographic diversity, all of which are imperative to a company's ability to provide services to a broad range of clients.
29/10/2013 12:47 GMT
When I was asked at age four, what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said: "Superman". I pursued this career choice with conviction. I wore the costume everywhere, to the shops, to friends' parties and under my school uniform, conflating expectations of my physical prowess and resulting in a very sore knee and a badly bruised ego.
22/10/2013 15:12 BST
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