Dame Katherine Grainger to launch 6th year of the world’s largest gender diversity mentoring scheme

The 30% Club and Women Ahead are launching its 2018 mentoring programme on 11th October at the Barbican.  The 30% Club’s Founder, Dame Helena Morrissey, will be joined by Britain’s most decorated female Olympian of all time, Dame Katherine Grainger. 

Dame Katherine, who is now Chair of UK Sport, will be sharing her experiences with programme participants from leading organisations such as HSBC, M&S, The London Stock Exchange Group, CISCO, Aviva and the Environment Agency to name but a few. 

Dame Katherine says: “There’s a strong alignment between sport and business and both worlds can learn a great deal from each other.  I know from my lengthy career in sport that even with clear and ambitious goals, the journey is rarely simple and we all face set-backs. Nevertheless those challenges can be met with the right attitude, the right support and a desire to constantly assess and improve. That mindset is as important if you want to make it to the top of business as it is in making it to the Olympics.” 

Dames Helena and Katherine will be joined by the 30% Club’s Global Chair, Brenda Trenowden CBE, who was recently award a Queen’s Honours for her services to diversity; and, Liz Dimmock, Founder and CEO of Women Ahead, the social impact organisation who specialise in diversity and mentoring and run this programme on behalf of the 30% Club. 

Brenda Trenowden CBE says: “For the first time ever this month, the level of female representation finally hit 30% on FTSE100 boards.  That’s a welcome and important milestone but there is still much to do.  We’re focused now on securing 30% women across FTSE350 boards and, more importantly getting 30% women into senior leadership roles.  Mentoring is a proven, powerful and practical way for organisations to develop their female talent pipelines and I’m delighted to see the year-on-year growth of this programme and that so many leading organisations are recognising the value of mentoring to support the development of their future female talent.”

Journalists interested in attending the event - to see one of the world’s most powerful mentoring networks in action - or to interview Dame Katherine, Dame Helena, Brenda Trenowden CBE or Liz Dimmock on the day, should contact Alex Duff alex@moving-ahead.org 07506 146 147.

Notes to Editors
About the event
The launch takes place on Thursday 11th October at London’s Barbican between 17:30-21:00.  Speeches and panel from 18:00 with Dame Katherine’s keynote at 19:30.

About 30% Club
The 30% Club was founded by Dame Helena Morrissey in 2010 to enable greater representation of women on FTSE100 boards.  Whilst the Club’s remit has since broadened, the focus remains firmly on supporting more women into senior management and leadership roles within leading companies.  Brenda Trenowden CBE took over from Helena Morrissey as Global Chair of the 30% Club in 2015.  Dame Helena is Head of Personal Investing at Legal and General. Brenda Trenowden CBE is also Head of FIG Europe, ANZ. 

About Women Ahead
Women Ahead and Moving Ahead are sister social impact organisations working to increase all spheres of workplace diversity and inclusion.  The organisations believe diversity of thought, experience and teams lead to better performance.  With a focus on practical action, the organisations design and deliver programmes to bring about equality of opportunity.  Through mentoring, storytelling and research, the organisations are working to improve workplace diversity and inclusion.  Women Ahead is focused on bringing about gender equality and working with organisations to support more women into senior management and leadership roles.  Women Ahead runs the world’s largest cross-company mentoring scheme on behalf of the 30% Club.