Over the last ten years there has been a shift in the balance of attendees at board level meetings, once the sole preserve of men in suits, increasingly women are representing companies, charities and local authorities at the most senior level.
The number of women taking senior roles is however remaining stubbornly low, in a bid to bring awareness to this topic in the North East Linda Hitman is delivering a series of events focussed on the boardroom diversity issue.
The first event takes place at Ramside Hall on Wednesday 7th November and tackles the subject of getting more women into board level positions.
Linda says “ I believe it is important to get men and women in an environment where experiences can be shared, questions asked and an open discussion can evolve”
The discussion panel includes:
All of the panel members have been instrumental in their individual sectors at championing boardroom diversity and will each speak for around 15 minutes before taking questions from the floor.
Dr Joanna Berry has been a champion of this topic for some time “ women have been absent from or worse, invisible in too many boardrooms for too long. While there is an increasing awareness of their absence and the potential benefits of their presence, there is still too much cynicism about this issue and too many token appointments are made.”
Gary Lumby recognises that having a mix of skills and experience from both genders is invariably a recipe for success “there is clear evidence that boards with a diverse mix of backgrounds and specialisms enable a business to make better decisions.”
Katie Marshall from Virgin Money says that diversity is a major aim across her company “ we have made gender balance a strategic priority because we believe a gender balanced workforce at all levels will undoubtedly improve culture, outcomes and profitability”
This event is a great platform for business seeking to generate greater diversity to gain an insight into how to achieve this and introduce best practice. It is also for those seeking to make the move to a senior role or into a board position who have questions on how to successfully take this step.
If you would like to find out more please click here to contact Linda Hitman
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