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carol Rosati

Last month, I was in Washington DC for the SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom where international leaders compared progress and initiatives to improve gender representation.


What struck me was how much other countries look to the UK as an example. In the US, there are calls to create a body similar to the Davies Review to accelerate change, as at the current rate it will take until 2030 to reach 25%.


In Australia, we heard about a similar initiative to Board Apprentice to help widen the talent pool.


I also attended a very interesting meeting last week led by Dame Fiona Woolf, campaigning for funds to build a sculptural memorial to Mary Wollstonecraft, author of "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman", promoting rights for women 100 years before the Suffragettes. Do take a look, she is a truly inspirational woman -


We are very much looking forward to seeing many of you in November in San Francisco and London.


Carol Rosati
Global Head of Inspire

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Upcoming events


ARA Seattle: Women in Technology - The male perspective
Imax, Pacific Science Centre, Seattle - 28 October 2015


An all-male panel at a women's event? That's right. We believe the conversation about advancing women in technology is not one that should be had in isolation, especially when organizations large and small are feeling the effect of talent shortages. Our goal is to strengthen the position of women in tech, including those who attend our events, by presenting opportunities to hear varying perspectives.



Inspire West Coast event
Rosewood Hotel, CA - 11 November 2015


Inspire returns to the West Coast for a network event at Rosewood Hotel from 6pm.The evening will include a presentation from Marci Woolson, cyber security expert with over 30 years’ experience working at the highest levels of business, government and military.
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ARA Chicago: Game Changers: Women in the Age of Disruption
Morningstar, Chicago, 17 November 2015


The pace of digital and the race to innovate has left many organizations lacking an enterprise-wide strategy and desperately seeking to acquire the right skills. Join this panel discussion with prominent executives in the tech industry to take a deeper dive into the Harvey Nash 2015 CIO Survey in Association with KPMG to discuss how we can being to expedite a real change in tech.



Women’s Directorship Programme 2016
Hong Kong, 26 - 28 May 2016 (Session 1) and 22 - 24 September 2016 (Session 2)


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