Gender equality within business leadership is a common challenge, especially for big enterprises. In fact, in 1995, there were no female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list. By 2017, this share had reached 6.4% and in 2018, it fell back to 4.8%. Although positive change is definitely happening, progress is slow and there are still many challenges and obstacles on the way to achieving gender balance, especially across business leadership positions.
Why there should be more women in leadership and how does this impact innovation?
Research by EY has proven that a lack of gender equality puts businesses at a distinct disadvantage — boards with at least 30% women have higher profit margins than those who don’t. The same research also says that there is increasing evidence linking diversity to innovation.
Obviously diversity goes far beyond gender. However, women make up around 50% of the potential workforce which is why the impact of improving gender equality can have a positive impact on your innovation output.
This type of radical change is not going to happen organically and we must pay close attention on how we can attract more women to leadership positions as it is a crucial part of your organisation’s success.
So, regardless of your gender, if you’re a business leader who cares about innovation, gender balance in C-suite positions and your wider business, this should be on your agenda and one of your strategic business goals.
Our interactive panel discussion will cover:
- Why there are not enough women in leadership positions
- Why there should be more female-led companies and how does it impact innovation
- What are the ways to positively influence the gender balance in C-suite executive positions?
- What challenges female leaders face in their companies and how to overcome them
08:30 Registration, breakfast & networking
09:00 Opening remarks by Aoife Duggan, Idea Drop
09:15 Presentation by Zoe Bailey & Wendy Walton, BDO
09:35 Panel discussion led by Idea Drop
10:30–11:00 Networking and event close
Panelists & speakers:
Zoe Bailey, Director of Strategic Development, BDO
Wendy Walton, Head of Global Private Client Services, BDO
Louise Shenton, Innovation and Leadership Facilitator, Dali Shenton
Carol Hill, Innovation Consultant & Former Director of Global Product Lifecycle Implementation, Pearson