16 posts categorised "Current Affairs"

03 March 2011

On Peru, purple, and impossible causes

Rimaykullayki (that’s Quechua – an Andean dialect - for “hello”) from Peru, I’m meeting this week with members of the World Bank’s Private Sector Leaders Forum in Lima, but squeezed in a visit to the breathtaking Inca masterpiece of Machu Picchu, located a bus and train ride away from the...

22 November 2010

What women want in China

Ni Hao from Beijing! Impressions of the city from a newcomer: cloudy (always – though the sun is sometimes visible like a glowing red ball through the thick grey cloud cover). During rush hour the mighty army of cars weave around each other in a baffling sort of ordered chaos....

31 August 2010

Be here now

Bonjour, Here in Brussels, we’re gearing up for la rentrée – the period where all the city-dwellers who’ve been enjoying their August holidays on the Riviera, Normandy, Provence, and the like, return en masse in a bustle of car horns and exhaust fumes for the re-entry to work and school...

18 June 2010

Live your best life

Bonjour all, Vous allez bien? I know summer has officially arrived in Belgium as I only had to wear a light trench coat yesterday. Below are a few nuggets I gleaned from Oprah’s Live Your Best Life Weekend, which took place in New York City recently. I’ve tried to cull...

25 May 2010

A lot of little things…and some bold steps

Bonjour, It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, starting with a fly-by-the-night personal trip to New York to see my best friend (and Oprah – more on that later) and ending with PwC’s Global Leadership Summit in Paris – a truly galvanizing experience. Our Chairman Dennis Nally has been adamant that...

04 May 2010

Everything a Woman Graduate Needs to Know (But No One is Telling Her)

Bonjour everyone, I’m heading to Amsterdam tomorrow to meet with our Dutch diversity team and New York later this week on a (somewhat impetuous) personal trip to visit my best friend and see one of my idols (hint: her name starts with an “O” and ends with a “prah.”) If...

24 March 2010

On crowns, inclusion, and women in the Middle East

Grüß Gott! I’ve just returned from Vienna, where I had the opportunity to view the thousand-year-old Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire. I’m not big on jewellery, but I AM big on military history (thus shattering every feminine stereotype – hey, I do my part) and this artefact, while...

17 February 2010

The Turning Point

Greetings, I hope some of you have had the chance to view the Gender Agenda Debate which took place in Davos and has been airing this month on CNBC. If you haven’t caught it on television, please click here to view a short preview as well as the entire 48-minute...

28 January 2010

On sex and matters of the heart

2010 is here. And the gender debate percolates… The Economist opened the year with its Rosie the Riveter cover, boldly announcing: We Did It! If you read the series of articles, make sure to also check out Nicki Gilmour’s discerning commentary: Gender Equality is Here and Other Media Myths that...

30 June 2009

Survival in uncertain times

Hello again. As mentioned last week, here is a guest entry from Pauline Crawford of Gender Dynamics, in which she asks us to consider that men and women bring different qualities to provide the answer - but do we know the question? Do we need to re-shape the playing field?...

21 May 2009

On bias and the value of difference

Is it possible for an Asian man to be prejudiced against Asian people? For a woman to show bias against other women? Well, according to Professor Binna Kandola, it is. And, in his new book, “The Value of Difference”, which he wrote as a way of re-energising the diversity debate...

12 May 2009

Pink is the New Black

As a follow on from yesterday’s article on how our PwC colleagues in Malaysia, Vietnam and their South East Asian region celebrated International Women’s Day in March, here are some examples of their promotional artwork, an overview of their role models programme and a fantastic group shot of PwC-ers in...

11 May 2009

On “wearing it pink” in Malaysia (and Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam)

Hello again. We’re all still on a high from our fabulous Opportunity Now win at the end of April… I was absolutely delighted to receive so many kind messages once the news broke. I personally received over 250 emails, texts and Facebook messages in the first 48 hours after the...

15 April 2009

Further survey findings: is the recession creating an equality timebomb?

Hello again. We’ve finally finished compiling the fascinating results of the survey which we undertook last month in support of International Women’s Day – and, as predicted at the time, the results make for grim and thought provoking reading. We were trying to assess the first impressions of the impact...

02 April 2009

Diversity in the downturn: what’s the business case?

Last week I attended a very interesting multi-company workshop on diversity in the downturn, organised by Opportunity Now and hosted by the UK headquarters of a major pharmaceutical firm. We were a small group of nine, from a very diverse range of organisations: professional services (me), a global car rental...

26 January 2009

An “equal opportunity” recession?

What is the collective noun for a group of news articles on the same or a similar topic? A “lemming” of articles? A “squawk” of features? Add your own. Either way, I picked up on a couple of stories and trends in the UK press last week, which made me...