2015 seems to be flying by as we hurtle towards the next General Election in the UK. The fight to capture the female vote is well and truly on, although the efficacy of their messaging remains unclear and who the victors will be in this closely fought campaign, time will tell.
Over in the US, Hillary Clinton has confirmed her intentions to run for President – often described as a marmite candidate she evokes a strong reaction in many, not just Republicans.
Nonetheless, it will be fascinating to watch her progress in the forthcoming months as she works towards a huge moment in history, if she is able to make it happen.
March has also seen the dawn of a new era in India, legislation passed in 2013 mandated all companies listed on the stock exchanges to have at least one woman on its board of directors.
As the deadline approached, many wives and daughters were appointed, leading to protests of tokenism and no real change. Again, it will be interesting to see the longer-term impact.
In the UK, Cranfield launched the 2015 Female FTSE Board Report, which highlighted how close we are to hitting the target of 25% by the end of 2015. At 23.5% we are very close indeed, but there is still so much to be done not only in the FTSE250 (up to 18%), but in the rest of the business community.
The pipeline is a very different story, where we have yet to hit double figures (8.6%). Clearly, we are only at the start of a long journey and to that end, I am delighted to announce our support and involvement with the Board Apprentice scheme.
Global Head of Inspire
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Responsible Business Week
To show our support for Responsible Business Week 2015, we will be tweeting from @inspirehn using the hashtag #RBweek, sharing some of our top tips on what businesses can do to make a difference. Listen to Carol Rosati, who caught up with the CBI to discuss leadership, values and building trust.
FT Women in Business – Spotlight on Kirti Lad
Kirti Lad, Hong Kong director for Harvey Nash and co-founder of the Women’s Directorship Programme at the University of Hong Kong, shares with the Financial Times experiences from her career journey, her inspirations and advice for women coming up in the business world. Read the full article here.
Congratulations to the recent board appoints of:
Ruth Porat, joins Google as chief financial officer, stepping down from CFO at Morgan Stanley after nearly three decades.
Katharine Viner, appointed the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history.
Eliza Manningham-Buller, appointed as the next Chair of the Wellcome Trust.
Jill McDonald, appointed CEO of the 113-year-old car parts and cycling chain Halfords.
Elaine Simpson, appointed the independent chair of Slough Children’s Services Trust.
Jacqui McKinlay, appointed executive director at the Centre for Public Scrutiny for Staffordshire County Council.
Henrietta Jowitt and Susan Noble, appointed independent non-executive directors to board of Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon.
Natalie Campbell and Rachael Robathan, appointed as members of the Big Lottery Fund UK Board.
Claire Gates,appointed as CEO of Thorn Medical PLC.
If you have any news or, have accepted an NED / CEO role and would like to be included in the next issue please contact Amanda: email@example.com.
The Leadership Foundation is seeking a new Chair who will succeed the incumbent in the Autumn of this year. The Leadership Foundation is a unique organisation that provides leadership development to the Higher Education sector.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about the constantly evolving and increasingly international Higher Education sector. Please contact Anne Esler 0207 333 1873 or Natasha Jackson 0207 333 1526 with your interest, before Friday 24 April 2015. Visit the Harvey Nash website for more details.
Network Rail is seeking to increase the diversity of their Public Members and looking for individuals to help deliver their vision for a better future for Britain’s railway
Please visit our website for more information including, webinars, testimonials and details on how to apply. Alternatively, please contact James Walker-Hebborn with your interest.
Harvey Nash jobsite
Please visit the Harvey Nash executive search jobsite to see what other exciting opportunities we have listed.
ARA Chicago joint hosting the Chicago Innovation Awards
Chicago, IL - 7th May 2015
Join ARA, the Chicago Innovation Awards, the Women’s Business Development Center and Blue Sky Innovation on Thursday, May 7th to celebrate women who are paving new paths across industries.
Please register here.
Women’s Directorship Programme 2015 dates
Hong Kong - 28-30th May 2015
The fourth instalment of this successful, world-leading programme takes place over 6 days in May (28-30th) and September (10-12th) 2015. There is still time to register for a place, please visit the WDP website.
ARA Seattle: Women in Business & Tech: Celebrating Breakthroughs
Seattle, WA - 4th June 2015
Please join us for a panel discussion with three prominent women in the Seattle market, including Bridget Frey, CTO, Redfin. Also guest speaker Dana Shaw, President & COO of ICon.
Please visit the website for more details and to register.
On March 25, ARA Chicago hosted its first mentoring forum of the year, “Embracing Challenges, Managing Trade-offs & Facilitating Success” at Northern Trust.
The event, which brought more than 120 attendees from different stages of their careers, featured a series of moderated roundtables, covering topics such as Embracing Challenges, Managing Trade-offs, Facilitating Success and Building Confidence. Read more here.
Sharing the male perspective on increasing women in technology
Anna Frazzetto, Vice President of Technology Solutions for Harvey Nash USA shares insight from last month’s ARA New York event, where an all-male panel were invited to discuss women in the technology sector.
The themes ranged from understanding and changing male business culture, filling gaps and pulling talented women up through education training, and mentoring and becoming a workplace Kunoichi (a female ninja!). Read more from Anna’s blog here.
Inspire Hong Kong launches its 2015 seminar series with Susan Gilchrist
Susan Gilchrist, CEO of Brunswick Group kicked off this year’s Inspire Hong Kong seminar series sharing her career experience in the communications sector.
She discussed the challenges and opportunities of the digital age and how female executives can elevate their visibility to get ahead.
Global diversity news
Lloyds to hit target for women in senior jobs
Lloyds Banking Group announced it was on course to have 40 per cent of senior roles at the bank filled by women in the next five years, as it looks to remove “roadblocks” to female career progression.
Presently, 29 per cent of senior posts are filled by women – including three independent directors on the board – after a drive to improve representation.
Women run 43% of Brazil's SMEs
Some 43 per cent of businesses in Brazil are owned by women who operate small- and mid-sized companies. A new report, found that there are 5.69 million businesswomen in Brazil, representing just eight per cent of the country's female population.
Vodafone just promised minimum 16-week maternity leave to all its female staff globally
From the end of the year, Vodafone will offer female staff across 30 countries a minimum of 16 weeks’ time off when they have a child, making it one of the few companies in the world to introduce a mandatory minimum maternity policy globally.
It will also pay women a full salary for working a 30-hour week in the first six months they return to work.
New research explains why even top executive women are paid less than men
A new study examining the pay of more than 40,000 top executives -- chief executive officers, chief financial officers, vice chairmen, presidents and chief operating officers -- between 1992 and 2005 finds three new facts that show how much pay still differs for men and women on the job, even at the very top of the house.
Forcing Spanish political parties to nominate more women is helping them win votes
In 2007, Spain passed a law that took its political system by surprise.
It forced parties contesting local elections to make sure 40% of their candidates were women–an unprecedented proportion for a country that has never had a female presidential candidate and that still favors princes over their older sisters when it comes to passing on the throne.
Eight years on, it turns out the policy has had an effect beyond making political parties more equal. It has also made them more popular.
FTSE 100 firms appoint more women to their boards
New figures indicate that Britain's top companies have made "enormous progress" on gender diversity by doubling the number of female directors.
Where are all the women?
This month, broadcaster and business journalist Penny Haslam gives a Ted Talks on her journey to find out why there were so few women experts on TV and radio.
She suggests that we harness the power of visibility for women, to create a win-win situation for everyone.
10 minutes of inspiration with...
...Arlene McCarthy OBE
Arlene McCarthy OBE is Executive Director of AMC Strategy. She is Special Advisor to the Chairman of Bloomberg, Advisor to the CEO at IFPI and Associate Deputy Chair for Europe at Sovereign Strategy.
During 20 years as an MEP, she chaired the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee (2006-2009) and was Vice Chair of the Economic Committee and Monetary Affairs Committee (2009-2014).
She was named as one of the top 100 influential women in European finance in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was awarded MEP of the year in 2014 for her work in financial services. She was also awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2015 New Years Honours List for Parliamentary and Political Services.
Read the full interview here