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Pool of board ready women continues to rise, say Harvey Nash and HKU

Upcoming Women's Directorship Programme empowers the wealth of female talent looking to step up to board roles

Hong Kong, 18th January 2017 - As the board diversity debate gathers momentum, the myth surrounding a lack of senior female talent is being challenged by Harvey Nash, the global executive search and leadership consulting firm, and The University of Hong Kong Business School (HKU), who today announce the Women’s Directorship Programme 2017. This is the sixth instalment of the world-leading board governance programme exclusively for board-level female executives, designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to demonstrate they are ready for the responsibilities of the boardroom.

Covering two three-day sessions in May and September 2017, the programme is designed to unlock the full potential of the international female executive talent pipeline and equip participants with the knowledge and insights needed to add the most value to a board.

Albert Ellis, CEO, Harvey Nash Group, said: "One of the oldest and long-standing arguments about why there aren't more women on boards needs to be completely eradicated. After five years of hosting the Women's Directorship Programme we have seen the true extent of the exceptional female talent available - there are no excuses, every board should include female representation so that half of the world’s talent isn't overlooked. By empowering female leaders to gain the confidence and skills needed to secure board positions, the Women's Directorship Programme demonstrates Harvey Nash's commitment to altering the representation of women in leadership roles across the world."

Now in its fifth year, the Women's Directorship Programme has already had an impact, with thirty per cent of the programme's alumni having since gained their first boardroom position, serving to make a lasting impact on the worldwide business community.

The programme is supported by senior business leaders, including Donald Brydon, Chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Rick Haythornthwaite, Chairman of Centrica and MasterCard and Raymond Ch'ien, Chairman of Hang Seng Bank, and a distinguished alumni network.

Donald Brydon, Chairman of the London Stock Exchange and Sage Group, Guest Speaker on the Women's Directorship Programme, said: "Whilst we still have a long way to go in achieving boardroom equality, women are increasingly stepping into roles of power and influence. The Women's Directorship Programme is a catalyst for this change, bringing together academia and practitioners to share their wealth of knowledge and experiences, so that female leaders can excel."

The 2017 Women's Directorship Programme includes six modules, taught over two three-day sessions (May 25-27 and September 14-16, 2017):

  • Role and Responsibilities of the Board, Audit and Remuneration Essentials
  • Strategic Leadership and Networks
  • Persuasive Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Stock Exchange Rules and Market Regulations
  • Ethics and Compliance
  • Board Simulation - led by Donald Brydon, Chairman of the LSE and Sage Group

Professor Larry Qiu, Director of Executive Education, HKU Business School, said: "The Women's Directorship Programme enables participants from different business sectors and cultures to develop the communication and management skills required to face the challenges of the boardroom. By giving the participants access to boardroom insights and experiences of world business leaders, the programme ensures female leaders are set up for success."

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About the Women's Directorship Programme:

Established in 2013, the Women's Directorship Programme (WDP) is a joint venture between Harvey Nash and The University of Hong Kong, HKU Business School. The certificated programme is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to demonstrate they are ready for the responsibilities of the boardroom as a director or non-executive director. Participants from broad ranging markets and business sectors, including banking and finance, telecoms, insurance, communications and logistics, have taken part in the programme to date.
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About Harvey Nash:

Established in 1988, Harvey Nash has supported many of the world's leading organisations to recruit, source and manage the highly skilled talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive and technology driven world. With over 4,000 professionals in more than 40 offices across the USA, Europe and Asia, the Group has the reach and resources of a global organisation, whilst fostering a culture of innovation and agility that empowers its people to respond to constantly changing client needs. We work with clients, both large and small, to deliver a portfolio of services: executive search, professional recruitment and outsourcing.
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About Executive Education, HKU Business School:

Established in 1998 under the auspices of the HKU Business School of the University of Hong Kong, Executive Education specialises in providing Executive Programmes to executives of local, regional and international private and public organisations. HKU Business School is a leading institution for business and economics education and research in Asia offering top quality degree programmes and executive education programmes that serve the needs of the business sector and the community.
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