WOMEN’S BUSINESS FORUM ATTRACTS BACKING FROM BIG BUSINESSPosted: 15-06-2012
Europe’s largest conference on women in the workplace has attracted sponsorship from three more globally recognised organisations following record ticket sales. Organisers are on track to draw an audience of over 650 to the event at Rudding Park, Harrogate on 2 and 3 October.
Major sponsor RBS is joined by Morrisons, Ernst & Young and BP. The companies are also supporting the conference by sending some of their most talented women and men to attend, from not only the UK but Europe and America too. The forum is the only one of its kind focussing on the positive effect gender balanced boards and workforces can have on business management and performance.
Liz Bingham, Ernst & Young’s Managing Partner for People commented: “As business challenges become more complex and global in scope, companies need to be able to draw on the widest spectrum of views. Increasing the number of women around the boardroom table and fostering a pipeline of talent coming through the system plays an important part in this. Put simply, a diverse workforce is no longer just the right thing to do, it’s a business imperative.”
Heather Jackson, founder and CEO of the Women’s Business Forum said: “It is clear that organisations have recognised that achieving a better gender balance across senior management makes good business sense. The issue is receiving growing exposure and we have seen unprecedented interest from delegates and sponsors alike.”
The event has already confirmed speakers including; Allan Leighton, chairman of Pace, Carrie Hindmarsh, CEO, M&C Saatchi and Emily Lawson, senior partner with McKinsey & Company.
The conference will feature a panel of high profile chief executives and additional speakers will be announced in the coming months. The Women’s Business Forum will examine the business performance benefits that can be achieved from creating a better gender balance in senior corporate roles and effective strategies to achieve this goal.
Kirsty Bashforth; Head of Organisational Effectiveness at lead sponsor BP is another of the confirmed speakers for the event. She said:
“We have moved beyond the debate on whether gender balanced senior teams deliver better value over time…the data is consistently conclusive. But we have to focus all through the pipeline to make sustainable progress. And it’s not just about structures and processes – it’s about opening our eyes to recognise the difference more balance makes to a team’s performance, tackling those mind-sets that often sit unchallenged. Sometimes it’s lack of awareness, sometimes it’s fear of change, occasionally it’s just bias…we need to keep working to shift all of these elements, and this event is a continued step forward to that tipping point for real progress.”
The Women's Business Forum is just one of the initiatives delivered by An Inspirational Journey as it seeks to ensure companies support, guide, retain, grow and develop the most balanced, skilled and talented teams of tomorrow to the top of the corporate hierarchy, Regardless of Gender.
An Inspirational Journey, supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, provides events and online support for over 4,000 corporate women from over 25 globally recognised companies.
Chris Sullivan, Chief Executive of RBS UK Corporate Banking, who was recently awarded European Champion of Diversity for his support and work within this arena said: “It is increasingly accepted that gender balance at senior levels means success for both women and men. Studies have shown strong links in financial performance based on gender balance. Ultimately, it simply makes good business sense which is why we are delighted to be supporting the Womens Business Forum.”
Tickets range from £350 to £550 to attend the conference and a gala dinner. For more information visit www.womensbusinessforum.co.uk .
“I was thoroughly
impressed with the quality of the event and I am really
pleased that EY are associated with this important mission
of An Inspirational Journey.”
Partner and People Leader,
Ernst and Young
“I can honestly say that
in every regard
it was the most fulfilling, educational, and inspiring
Forum I have ever been to.”
Editor with Hearst Magazines
“As with last year, you managed
to achieve a great line
up of speakers which made the time spent worthwhile.”
“ I thought the Forum yesterday
was excellent...The speakers were first class”
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It really was inspirational and I've come away fired up with new
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The speakers (were) very good indeed. I look forward to continuing
We were extremely impressed by the
organisation, calibre of participants and,
of course, the choice of venue.
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Thanks so much for inviting me to your
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Dr Jacqui Grey
The atmosphere of the event was wonderfully open and mutually
supportive. A rare thing in a gathering of 500 people!”
The great thing about The Women's Business Forum is it sets up
those networks across sectors and really gets people sharing the
I like the fact there are a lot more men in the audience than there
usually are at these functions...It's really important for both
sides to understand what the issue is ”
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An Inspirational Journey and The Women's business Forum is part
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The speakers were brilliant; from role models, which are essential
to anyone's progression, particularly a female's progression, to
accomplished and successful leaders
Now's the time, it couldn't be more important to say we need
more women on boards.”
Head of Organisational Effectiveness
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