Advancing Women in Leadership Council

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The focus on the advancement of women onto boards and into senior executive roles continues to gain momentum; this is a unique opportunity to discuss from an organizational perspective how to connect, support and equip European female leaders in business roles to achieve success.

This council provides a groundbreaking forum with a focus on the levers for systemic and cultural change.

Potential Topics Include:

Organisation Strategies

  • Gender Balance as a business strategy – the view of the CEO, Chairman and Board
  • Creating a supportive and inclusive environment – Leadership, champions and sponsors
  • The Role of men and women in senior leadership roles
  • Gender balance and business performance
  • Are organisations providing women with career opportunities – talent management, leadership development programmes, projects, assignments, rotations
  • Breaking away from cultural norms - unconscious bias in the workplace, risk taking
  • Evaluating potential - revisiting traditional competency models - Quotas, targets or goals ?
  • Benchmarks

Externally, internally, what are women leaders saying, seeing and feeling about opportunities to progress and advance

  • What is getting in the way? What is helping?
  • Where are the biggest gaps to be addressed?
  • What about Men ?
  • What programmes and initiatives are successful elsewhere ?
  • What about targets, quotas, goals on benchmarking
  • Industry specific requirements

Personal Strategies

  • How do women develop themselves?
  • Understanding the business and P&L responsibility
  • Leadership style - executive presence, gravitas, credibility
  • Managing work/ life mix or integration, aspirations, expectations, confidence, competence and delivery. Flexibility, adaptability, mobility, Dual careers
  • Individual development plans and actions
  • Coaching, mentoring, role models
  • Sponsorship - do you have it? How do you get it? At what level in the business?
  • Involvement, visibility, exposure. Risk taking. A non-executive or trustee role

Who should join?

Council Membership is reserved for those Executives (men and women), leading enterprise-wide initiatives to identify, select and advance high potential and accomplished women into significant leadership roles. This is a very specific focus on advancing women rather than the broader diversity agenda which currently our diversity council addresses. The council will run three times a year to ensure regular contact and continuity for members.

The power of peer learning

Enduring relationships with trusted peers is the core of the council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the council value. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

What Happens at a Meeting?

  •  Presentations by members or external experts on topics selected by members
  •  Discussions on leading edge or “day to day” issues picked by and moderated by members
  •  Panels where 2-3 members share experiences on a topic

Council Director

Anne Stevens

Anne Stevens

Council Director, Global Business Women Leaders; Advancing Women in Leadership; HR Executives Councils
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