Moving the debate on

Sharing and exchanging ideas and experience

About us Our history

2008 Where are all the women?

Carol Rosati, founder of Inspire and director at Harvey Nash attends a CEO networking event. Looking around, and seeing she is the only woman in the room, Inspire is born.

2009 Our first event

Following months of planning Inspire establishes its first chapter in London.

2010 International Growth

Inspire establishes its New York chapter.

2011 Aspire

Moving the debate on to address the pipeline, the Aspire network is developed and launched to reach out to the female leaders of tomorrow.

2012 Further expansion

The first West Coast event is held in Palo Alto in Silicon Valley with guest of honour Dr Jane Shaw, chair of Intel. The first event in Asia is held in Hong Kong with Umran Beba, President of PepsiCo Asia Pacific.

2013 Working in Europe

Inspire chapters are launched in Sweden, Finland, France and Australia. Working in partnership with the University of Hong Kong, Harvey Nash launch the Women’s Directorship Programme, the world’s first accredited international programme to help women achieve board positions. Carol Rosati is invited to address MEPs at a major EU Conference on gender quotas.

2014 New horizons

The network continues to grow organically, through peer recommendation, with new chapters launched in Vietnam and Tokyo. Women in Technology networks are launched in the UK and US. Inspire launches the Diversity Toolkit podcast series with practical business-led examples for businesses to create a balanced workforce.

2015 Looking to the future

Inspire will work in partnership with government, public and private business leaders and the not-for-profit sector to launch a new campaign to inspire and encourage businesses to drive cultural change.