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Honing Your Elevator Pitch

The ‘Elevator Pitch’

Definition: An elevator pitch, elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition.

The elevator pitch has been around almost as long as, well, elevators, but remains a necessary step in the armoury of any executive looking for their...

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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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Vodafone pioneers a global maternity policy across 30 countries

Vodafone announced today that it will become one of the first organisations in the world to introduce a mandatory minimum global maternity policy. By the end of 2015, women working at all levels across Vodafone’s 30 operating companies in Africa, the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the US will be offered at least 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave, as well as full pay for a 30-hour week for the first six...

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Women build presence on world monetary stage

Gradual increase in female central banking presence after Yellen takes Fed helm

Female central bankers are building up influence across monetary authorities around the world, although they are still a long way from launching a full-scale assault on what has traditionally been an all-male bastion. The OMFIF (Official Monetary & Financial Institutions Forum) Index of Female Central Bankers nearly doubled last year, rising to 1.85 on 31 December (compared with a maximum score...

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The World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2014

First introduced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2006, the Global Gender Gap Index is a measurement of gender-based disparities in individual countries tracked over time. Countries are ranked on the progress they have made to close the gender gap in four categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. The highest possible score on the index is 1 and means that a nation has fully eradicated the gender...

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The Global Gender Gap

The ‘Global Gender Gap’ report, published annually by the World Economic Forum, attempts to quantify the magnitude of gender based disparities across the world, and track their progress over time. The series’ recently published 8th report highlights both positive and negative conclusions. At a very high level, the gap between men and women has narrowed slightly in the past year, but no country in the world has yet achieved gender...

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Mining the Metrics of Board Diversity

There is some very interesting data in Thomson Reuters’ latest study ‘Mining the Metrics of Board Diversity’, tracking the progression of women on corporate boards around the world. The data shows that not only has the number of women on boards increased over the past five years, but that, on average, companies with mixed-gender boards had similar, or marginally better, performance when compared against a benchmark index. Companies with no...

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