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As we mark International Womens Day 2018, what do we know will help us #pressforprogress?

On International Women’s Day (IWD), I am struck by the amazing amount of activity planned to mark the day, locally, pan EMEIA and even globally, both internally and externally. We also celebrate this year that it is 100 years since women over 30 achieved the right to vote alongside men in Britain. We can also see female leaders in many walks of life including the police, politics and even most recently, hosting the BAFTA’s.

8 March, 2018
Fleur Bothwick

To all you ambitious women if you do one thing in 2018 for your career – find a sponsor!

When we first started to build out the gender agenda at EY, our gender partner sponsor and I had a call with the States and asked them which one of all of their initiatives had really delivered on investment. They suggested, Career Watch, a sponsorship programme that at the time they ran for their women. We customised it for the UK and later rolled it out across EMEIA and I can say that in my 15+ years of experience in this field, if it is run correctly, it probably is the most impactful intervention that you will find.

5 March, 2018
Fleur Bothwick

How can we make sure that disability is firmly on the D&I agenda for all organisations?

I wonder if you have ever heard Caroline Casey talk about the business case for a focus on disability. If you haven’t heard of her I would highly recommend her Ted Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyBk55G7Keo or any of her recent videos for her #valuable campaign. She reminds us that one billion people across the world live with some form of disability. ‘Despite the international drive for workplace equality, the value of those one billion people is routinely disregarded by the most powerful force on the planet: business. The impact of this is the continued disproportionate societal exclusion of 15% of our global population.’

19 February, 2018
Fleur Bothwick

It’s the 30th anniversary of Black History month in the UK so why are organisations still struggling to make real progress on this agenda?

I recently visited Bristol University with one of my sons as part of the pre university assessment process. It’s a lovely area of the UK, a friendly campus and small enough to feel like a community, but my son didn’t feel at home. He noted that the other students visiting, on the whole, looked white and didn’t reflect the inner London state secondary school he has been attending for the last six years.

25 October, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Are Diversity and Inclusion leaders an endangered species?

I recently spoke on a panel at the annual Stonewall conference about taking the LGBT+ agenda global. I was joined by an interesting writer on politics, economics and social trends and a London based lawyer, Harry, who is an incredibly energetic advocate of this topic across his firm globally. It made for a lively and interesting conversation, but sadly I concluded that there are still more challenges than solutions for our work in this area.

17 July, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Making It Real - how hard can it be to take your LGBT+ agenda global?

I recently spoke on a panel at the annual Stonewall conference about taking the LGBT+ agenda global. I was joined by an interesting writer on politics, economics and social trends and a London based lawyer, Harry, who is an incredibly energetic advocate of this topic across his firm globally. It made for a lively and interesting conversation, but sadly I concluded that there are still more challenges than solutions for our work in this area.

17 May, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Will you really accelerate progress with your gender agenda by changing the name of your women’s network?

It seems extraordinary to me that it’s quite recently that I am hearing D&I conversations about the need to engage men as gender champions in our push for gender equality. Almost as though to date we have only worked with women on this agenda and that now this could be the silver bullet for success.

31 March, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Is now the time to move away from trying to impact mindset and behaviours and look more to bias interrupters?

I read a recent article in a UK paper that stated that bonuses for female bosses in London were half the size of those awarded to their male counterparts. One of the commentators said that reward for performance should be gender blind and suggested that one way of achieving this would be to invest in unconscious bias (UB) training.

7 February, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Why aren't there more people Job Sharing?

I was really interested (and in fact heartened) to read towards the end of last year that Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party, will be sharing this role with Jonathan Bartley, who was most recently the Green Party’s spokesman on work and pensions. When you read about their experience to date, they appear to bring a real diversity of thought and perspective to this role and as Mr Bartley is quoted as saying, the Green Party will be "more united with two leaders than other parties are with one".

9 January, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Why the new gig economy needs more inclusive leaders

I was recently asked to speak at an event about the future of work and my preparation took me down a fascinating journey of discovery. I’ve obviously been reading about robotics, digital disruption and demographic shifts, but what really struck me during my research was that a lot of the ‘future’ we are talking about is not the future - it’s here now and it has implications for D&I.

5 December, 2016
Fleur Bothwick