It's an important year for gender equality in Britain, as 2018 marks 100 years since women first gained the right to vote. To mark the occasion and in close proximity to International Women's Day on Thursday 8 March, IoD Advance this week held a webinar in Manchester, the birthplace of the Suffragette movement, calling on great leaders of all genders, sectors and organisations to step forward and ‘Press for Progress’ in terms of gender parity.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day acknowledges the recent campaigns in support of women’s equality including #MeToo and #TimesUp, and is calling for this strong global momentum to continue forward in the shape of #PressForProgress in the struggle for gender parity.
The webinar also makes up part of a local International Women’s Day initiative in the Manchester area under the #Womanchester Twitter hashtag.
Claire Ebrey, IoD’s Regional Director for the North West, explains why the Institute of Directors is firmly behind the Press For Progress campaign, along with a quick history lesson about a local Manchester protest that led to positive change, and its place in greater fight for equality in Britain.
“The IoD is the longest-running organisation for professional leaders” she says. “With the best leadership, business can be a positive force in society.
“As the membership organisation for leaders, the IoD has a huge role to play in challenging the idea of what a leader looks like, and supporting women to break through. We know that when there’s inclusivity at the top, working practices are improved, group-think is reduced, and the status-quo is more likely to be challenged. Workplace diversity can therefore lead to increased revenues, reduced costs, greater innovation and improved employee engagement, productivity and greater returns.”
Joining Claire on the webinar was Brigit Egan, Managing Director of Oakridge Training and Consulting. Brigit aims to help all leaders leverage their own leadership skills, concentrating on personal impact and presence, leading authentically, and looking at the traits which make for the best leaders.
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