On 15th July we held our annual black tie dinner in the Mansion House, by kind permission of The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London Fiona Woolf.
As ever, the event began with a champagne reception followed by a sumptuous dinner in the historic Egyptian Room with its splendid décor.
The Lord Mayor is an Alderman and was Sheriff in the City of London between 2010 and 2011. She is also a past president of the Law Society of England and Wales. She is also a member of the Competition Commission, a consultant to the World Bank, a non-executive director of Veolia Water Central Ltd, a trustee of Raleigh International and chairman of the Chelsea Opera Group.
As well as an introduction from our Chairman David Stringer-Lamarre, followed by a welcome address from the Lord Mayor, we were then presented with esteemed guest speaker Lord Browne, a partner of Riverstone Holdings and the CEO of BP between 1997 and 2005. Lord Browne was voted the Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999 to 2002 and together with the Lord Mayor focussed on the issue of diversity in leading the City of London.
In his latest book, ‘The Glass Closet’, Lord Browne argued that whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, it’s better for you, your business and the economy when you bring your authentic self to work. Using energy to hide your identity from colleagues means that you are not able to direct that energy towards your work goals. Being open about your sexual orientation rather than concealing it is therefore good business. His LGBT and diversity speech was met with a standing ovation in the Egyptian room.
The event was also kindly sponsored by Computer Service Centre.
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