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30% Club launches Women for Media UK database

New database connects journalists to female leaders in business, finance, government and not-for-profit sectors who are available for media comment

20th May 2015, London – The 30% Club has today launched Women for Media UK, a database of female leaders in business, finance, government and not-for-profit sectors who are available for media comment on key topics of the day. The database directly connects journalists to these experts with the aim of raising women’s profiles and visibility throughout the media and beyond, as well as providing journalists with easy access to senior female thought leaders.

The launch of the database was held in Central London and was attended by over 60 female leaders and journalists from across a broad spectrum of disciplines and media forms, including national publications, magazines and blogs.

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30% Club announces new leadership team reflecting the initiative’s growing scope and success around

Brenda Trenowden, Head of Financial Institutions Europe, ANZ, to assume day-to-day leadership of 30% Club’s activities

The 30% Club is announcing a new organisational structure, reflecting the increased reach and scale of campaign since its launch in the UK five years ago.

Helena Morrissey, Founder of the 30% Club said: ‘With 30% Clubs now in Hong Kong, Ireland, the US, Australia, Southern Africa and soon to be launched in Malaysia, Canada, Italy and the Gulf Cooperation Countries, it’s time for a broader team to lead and manage activities. In the fourth quarter of last year, we put a structure of work streams in place, each focused on one aspect of the work from schoolroom to boardroom – as well as country leads. It’s now time for a further evolution and I am delighted that Brenda Trenowden, who has worked with me and the UK Steering Committee since the very start, has agreed to take on a leadership role, managing the Club’s activities on a day-to-day basis.

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30% Club launches technology group, extending its work around women in leadership

Melissa Di Donato, AVP of Salesforce, announced as chair 

22 April 2015, London– The 30% Club today launches its technology group.  Led by Melissa Di Donato, Area Vice President, Salesforce, the group will work to increase female representation on the boards of technology companies.  The group includes representatives from a number of major technology organisations including: Brunswick Group, Cisco, Citrix, Misys, TechUK and vmWare.

The technology group will showcase the contribution that women make in senior executive positions and encourage technology firms to engage with the issue of women in leadership and to consider it when voting on the appointment and re-election of board members.

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30% Club Welcomes Davies Report Findings

Sees continued focus on balance for appointments; accelerated progress through ‘schoolroom to boardroom’ approach; 30% next milestone by end 2015

London, 25th March 2015 – Today sees the latest annual report from Lord Davies of Abersoch, The Davies Report on Women on Boards, with marked progress made since the report was first published in 2011. The report shows British businesses are making great voluntary strides towards a better gender balance in the boardrooms of the UK’s top companies.

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Nudging Open the Black Box of Board Appointments

At a launch event hosted by KPMG in London today, executive search firm Sapphire Partners released the findings of ‘Opening the Black Box of Board Appointments’, a research project funded through an Economic and Social Research Council PhD studentship at King’s College London. The pathfinding research aimed at understanding how women and men experience the search for Non-Executive Directorships. Speakers at the report launch event included Helena Morrissey, CBE, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Founder of the 30% Club; Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer; Carola Hoyos, Recruitment Editor of the FT; and Melanie Richards, Vice Chairman of KPMG.

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A Seat at the Table

Please see below a link to an interview with Brenda Trenowden, one of our founding Steering Committee members who is instrumental in the setting up of the 30% Club in Canada:

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30% Club announces results of Students’ Aspiration Survey

Survey reveals that female students fear entering “gendered” job sectors, while both male and female students believe that getting to the top of their chosen career will be the greatest challenge 

London, 10th March 2015 – The 30% Club today announces the results of the Students’ Aspiration Survey. The survey, the first of its kind, was piloted at the University of Cambridge throughout January and February and encouraged students to answer a series of questions on university culture and perceived career support. It was intended to provide insight into how students aged 18-25, particularly women, feel their university experiences shape and influence their aspirations for the future.

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ACSI sets 2017 goal for 30% women on boards

WOMEN now represent 30% of all new appointments to the boards of ASX 200 companies – compared with an extraordinarily low 5% in 2009 before the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), and others, began the campaign for more diversity in Australian boardrooms.  We welcome the news and look forward to working with the ACSI as the 30% Club launches in Australia.   By the end of 2014, women were occupying almost 300 seats in ASX 200 boardrooms (19.3% of all directors), which was a more than doubled presence since 2010.

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