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The inaugural Inspire Seminar Series event - an evening with Susan Gilchrist, Brunswick Group

Hong Kong, March 2015 -- Harvey Nash Executive Search Hong Kong hosted the first event of the Inspire Seminar Series in March 2015, featuring guest speaker Susan Gilchrist, CEO Brunswick Group.

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The seminar series, as part of the Inspire network, has been designed to empower intimate groups of high-level women and male champions of change through sharing best practice, with session led by business leaders - experts in their fields. The first event in the series took place at the Kee Club, Hong Kong on 12th March 2015, when a select group of 25 guests enjoyed an evening of drinks, canapés and animated discussion focused on the new era of communication.

Members of the Inspire network were delighted to be joined by guest speaker Susan Gilchrist, CEO Brunswick Group who travelled all the way from London to give an insightful talk, sharing her experiences from her career in communications. She shared the latest opportunities and challenges of communicating in the digital age, focused on how female executives can elevate their visibility within their organisations and externally.

Key takeouts from the event include: 

  • Women often 'self-edit' and don't put themselves forward for opportunities as a result 
  • Transparency is key to changing the current imbalanced situation - companies should be encouraged to publish the gender split of their workforce 
  • The financial services industry in particular needs to ensure managing the gender balance of their workforce is a top priority - currently the industry does not have a sustainable pipeline of female talent.

Discussion points centred around the pros and cons of implementing quotas, with many of the audience moving towards supporting the enforcement of a system to make change happen. The advancement of women in male dominated environments, such as the financial services industry, was also heavily deliberated.

The Inspire network itself is a powerful platform for change and the seminar series aims to facilitate new connections between members of the audience and the guest speakers. The second event in the series takes place later in March.

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About Inspire:

Inspire is Harvey Nash's executive business network of board-level women. Launched in 2008 with the aim of promoting female leadership, the network has over 5,000 members across the UK, Continental Europe, the U.S. and Asia Pacific. The cross-industry network aims to enable members to contribute ideas, share knowledge and best practice and hear from senior business leaders, providing a forum for support and career guidance.

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About Susan Gilchrist:

Susan Gilchrist is Group Chief Executive of Brunswick Group, based in London. Susan leads Brunswick's operations across their 23 offices in 14 countries and has previously held senior leadership positions with Brunswick in Europe and the United States. Her work reflects the international scope and breadth of the firm's offering and has included counselling clients on market-specific and cross-border transactions, crises and on-going corporate reputation building efforts.

Susan is regularly ranked among the leaders in the field of communications and is frequently asked to speak at conferences and events, she was also a past speaker on the Women's Directorship Programme. Prior to joining Brunswick in 1995, Susan was the retail correspondent at The Times in London and worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company.

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