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23 December 2016

The gift of Building Gender IQ

As 2016 draws to a close it feels good to look back and feel proud of so many great PwC diversity achievements this year. Highlights for me definitely have to be the appointment of our most gender and geographically diverse Global Leadership Team to-date, amongst these ten men and nine women (47% female), ten nationalities are represented with a wealth of international experience between them.

Another highlight was our female partner admissions, for the third consecutive year these have increased, and this July we were very pleased to admit 177 new female partners (27% of total partner admissions). These results are testament to our ongoing diversity efforts and commitment.


Sharing the detailed story of our global D&I strategy externally for the first time in our The PwC diversity journey: Creating impact, achieving results publication is another of my highlights. Check it out here to learn more about our diversity journey and progress, D&I practices that are having an impact in PwC firms across the globe and our ten valuable lessons learned.

Of course leading the charge on our Moving women with purpose research is another of my definite highlights. Never did I think when I initiated this research study that it would throw up so many fascinating insights. Insights that all organisations, including PwC, have an opportunity to learn from and move the needle on the significant global mobility gender gap. If you haven’t read it already check it out here.

Continuing our work as a Corporate IMPACT 10x10x10 HeForShe Champion, the UN Women’s global solidarity movement for gender equality, has been another clear highlight. So far, 57,347 PwC partners and staff have made the HeForShe Pledge. And in late October we took the exciting step of launching a dynamic and interactive online course on gender equality today called Building Gender IQ.

Developed in partnership with world-class experts this 35 minute course addresses the root causes of gender inequality, as well as power dynamics and unconscious bias. For someone so steeped in the gender debate, even I found taking this course an eye opener. I think it provides everyone with an opportunity to more broadly understand the stereotypical ways people can typically view gender.

At PwC we see this course as a way to spark new conversations with the innovative curriculum designed to educate all people on the benefits of gender equality as well as the costs of inequality. After taking the course, which features both video-based expert lectures and individual activities, users have a much clearer picture that the benefits of equality are not only for women, but for all of society.

With people who’ve taken the course telling us it has made them feel more empowered to become advocates for gender equality in their homes, workplaces and communities, why don’t you join the almost 10,000 PwC employees who have already taken the course since it launched.

The course is available to everyone in the world, simply click here to access it (or here if you work for a PwC firm). In the words of Bob Moritz, Chairman PwC International Limited: “I would encourage everyone to spread the word, take the course, and turn it into an asset that enables change.” Or why not share the gift of building gender IQ with a colleague, friend or family member.

I sign off for 2016 with the amazing news that we’ll be continuing to accelerate our diversity efforts in 2017 under new leadership with the appointment of Sharmila Karve as our new Global Diversity Leader.


Sharmila brings a strong commitment to inclusion and a wealth of business knowledge and experience working with local and international clients and holding various leadership roles with PwC India to the role. Taking the reins from Agnès Hussherr, who I simply have to thank for been such a visionary, inspirational and amazing female role model and leader over the past three years. And I can’t wait for 2017 when the global D&I team and I get to be inspired and work with another amazing female role model, watch this space, you’ll be hearing more from Sharmila soon.

So from myself and the Global D&I team, we would like to sign off this last Gender Agenda blog for 2016 by wishing you all a fantastic holiday, no matter how you celebrate it, and a very happy New Year.  



Aoife bio

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Aoife Flood is Senior Manager of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Programme Office for PwC International Limited with responsibility for the development and implementation of our network-wide global Diversity & Inclusion strategy.

She is a proud PwC female millennial and lead researcher and author of our ‘Moving women with purpose: Creating gender inclusive global mobility’, ‘The female millennial: A new era of talent’, and 'Next Generation Diversity: Developing tomorrow's female leaders' thought leadership publications.

Aoife is also co-author of our Global Gender Agenda blog. You can learn more about Aoife here or find her on twitter: @AoifeRFlood


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