I have read all of the comments on my Fast Forward 15 mentoring scheme made across C&IT's media channels in June, with great interest. I fully endorse Martin Ellis’ comment that 'if you’re good enough then you’re the right gender’, however, the fact remains that regardless of industry sector there is a poor representation of women at board level. The Government's Annual Review 2015 'Women on Boards' underlines that FTSE100 boards are made up of 23.5% women and 76.5% men.
The conference and event sector has made huge steps, with women making up 45% of Event magazine’s top 100 in 2015, compared with a derisory 17% in the past. It is not just our industry that is looking at female talent: those sectors perceived to be more male dominated such as defence, automotive and utilities were all recently recognised in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for their progressive outlook on developing and nurturing their female talent.
In our market, of course the best person should always get the job. However, if we are helping to empower women to gain confidence and realise their full potential, then we can only see more women progress to more senior levels. It's a win/win all: having the most competent people, regardless of gender, will only further drive the professionalism and standing of the meetings and events sector. And as the 'Women on Boards' report states: 'balanced boards mean better business'.
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