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Raising the Bar

There are very few moments in our lives and careers, where we can play a role in shaping history. The magnitude of challenges facing women in the workplace range in size and scope, but the need for better board room representation is acute. This was validated when we learned in 2013 the disturbing fact that if nothing changes it would take 75 years to reach gender parity on corporate boards.

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We’ve Made Great Strides on Women’s Equality - But This Is No Time to Pat Each Other on the Back

We have just reached a momentous milestone on our journey to secure what should be a basic right - equality for women in the workplace. As we speak, one in every four people sitting on a FTSE 100 board is a woman - double the number five years ago. Not only this, but the gender pay gap is lower than it has ever been and the number of businesses led by women is higher...

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Male Executives Need to ‘Lean In’ Too

This article appeared as an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal on 27th April 2015.

Male Executives Need to ‘Lean In’ Too : Gender diversity on corporate boards is the right thing to do and it makes economic sense.

This week, 3,500 of the world’s most creative and influential leaders from more than 60 nations will gather in Los Angeles for the 18th annual Milken Institute Global Conference. Over...

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30% club set to launch in Australia

Target set for number of females appointed to ASX 200 boards.

The 30% Club, is set to formally launch in Australia on Tuesday, with the nation’s most influential company directors spearheading a campaign to achieve 30 per cent female representation on ASX 200 boards by 2018.

Chairs and Directors of a substantial majority of the top ASX 30 have already pledged their commitment to the target in a series of informal discussions, as...

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Top Tips on Becoming a Non-Executive Director

Some invaluable advice from Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, a non-executive director of the Insolvency Service, a trustee of the Money Advice Trust (which runs National Debtline and Business Debtline) and a member of BBC Charity Advisory Committee.

Applying for your first non-executive role can be a minefield and it’s so easy to become discouraged. I know so many dynamic,...

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The Rise of Women in Society: Enablers and Inhibitors

A new global study, commissioned by BNY Mellon and conducted by Professor Nadkarni of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, investigates the drivers of female representation and longevity in board positions.

The primary motivation of this study was to present comprehensive and nuanced explanations of global variations in the rise of women to the boardroom through rigorous longitudinal analysis of a representative sample of the largest firms across six continents.<...

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By investing in women, you invest in business: Nicky Morgan, MP

Women and Equalities Minister, Nicky Morgan MP, spoke at the launch of Cranfield University’s Female FTSE 2015 on 25th March 2015. Below is the full transcript of her speech.

Thank you Vince [Cable]. I agree that whilst we have achieved so much, there is still some way to go, and that building up executives of the future is a particularly important development.

Thank you also to Cranfield for inviting...

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The Lord Davies Women on Boards Annual update – The Investor Perspective

This morning the Davies Committee published their latest report - the 2015 Lord Davies Women on Boards Annual update.

The good news is that the goal set by Lord Davies to have 25% of women directors on FTSE 100 boards by the end of 2015 is within reach.

Given the current rate of director turnover and proportion of new appointments going to women, we expect that the year end outcome will lie somewhere...

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