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January 12th, 2015 – The 30% Club’s new partnership with Speakers for Schools launches today with a debate on the theme of “Equality Across the Board”, as a start to a campaign to encourage the ambitions and talent of young girls as the next generation of female leaders. Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Founder of The 30% Club will moderate a discussion between Sir Roger Carr (Chairman, BAE Systems), Douglas Flint (Group Chairman, HSBC), Sir Nicholas Montagu (Chairman, Financial Ombudsman Service) and Fiona Dunsire (Mercer UK) and the Head Boy, Samuel Wilson, and Head Girl, Sara Sadek-Attalla, of the St Angela’s Ursuline School in Newham.
December 2nd, 2014 – At a seminar in London ‘#30pctalent’, hosted by BNY Mellon, the 30% Club set out the next steps for accelerating change towards better gender balance by turning the attention to nurturing young female talent from ‘schoolroom to boardroom’. This was the 30% Club’s first seminar focused on pre-work and early careers, aiming to fill gaps where no programme exists as the 30% Club tries to develop a continuum of accelerated change.
Dublin, 25th November, 2014: Irish business leaders have called on corporate Ireland to support better gender balance at all levels of organisations. Marie O’Connor, 30% Club Leader in Ireland and partner at PwC urged CEOs and Chairmen to join a global movement called the ‘30% Club’, which aims to reach a 30% female gender balance on Irish boards and executive management level by 2020.Ms O’Connor was speaking at a conferencetoday hosted by Ibec and the Department of Justice and Equality at Dublin Castle.
The findings of the FTfm survey into the experiences of women in the fund management industry make for sobering reading. It is depressing that in the 21st century so many women report sexism in any workplace, let alone my own industry. The survey results are not, however, entirely surprising. There is an overt commitment to create an inclusive environment at most firms, but we all know it takes a long time to change deeply ingrained behaviours.
This research found that the old adage of ‘who you know’ continues to matter as much as ‘what you know’ when it comes to finding out about and securing a board appointment. Developing and maintaining a wide variety of professional relationships is a crucial element to career success as it leverages and gives visibility to an individual’s capabilities. Overall in 78% of board appointments contacts played a role during the recruitment process in alerting candidates to roles, helping with information on the organisation/industry/people and acting as advocates or references at interview. But it’s not just about handing around and collecting business cards it’s about developing and sharing interests in specific topics over a whole career, with the right people.
In a unique collaboration between 22 law, accountancy and consultancy firms, the 30% Club today launched the next stage of its initiative to improve gender diversity and enhance the path to promotion within professional services firms. This initiative was kicked off in 2012 with a piece of research into gender balance, supported by McKinsey & Company, which identified that men were ten times more likely than women to progress to partner in law firms and three times more likely than women in consultancy and accountancy firms. Since 2013 the participating member firms, which increased from 17 to 22 organisations in number, have continued to work together to translate the findings and recommendations from the study into practical actions.
Bank of England Governor encourages shift in business culture October 10th, 2014 – The 30% Club today held an event in Washington DC with a focus on accelerating progress towards global gender diversity at all organisational levels. The event, hosted by KPMG and held alongside the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund, welcomed Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England as guest speaker and attendees drawn mainly from major global financial institutions, business leaders and public policy makers. Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said: “At the Bank of England, we have set clear targets and made good progress in promoting gender diversity. But success in this endeavour is about more than just targets. It is about recruiting, developing, promoting and retaining talent in a way that encourages and supports open debate, creative challenge, and continuous improvement. This makes organisations more effective.”
As part of the 30% Club’s broadening focus on all levels of the pipeline, we are delighted to have partnered with 3 leading UK business schools, Henley, Oxford SAÏD and London Business Schools to offer 3 fully-funded 30% Club scholarships on an Executive MBA course, including Oxford SAÏD’s world-class rated Executive MBA.