36 posts categorised "Events"

01 July 2011

On mediocrity, meditation and mothers

Bonjour, Last week, I attended PwC’s Diversity Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. It was, as the French would say, a spectacle – hundreds of clients and subject matter experts flooded the audience as one by one, renowned speakers took to the stage (which had two runways) to share their insights...

18 May 2011

The whole world is watching you

Bonjour, I’ve just returned from facilitating PwC’s “Emerging Arab Women Leaders – the voice of the future” Forum, held in conjunction with The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) in London. Both events sought to ensure that younger generations of women in the Arab world succeed – the audience was largely...

10 May 2011

Who’s your sponsor?

Bonjour, I’ve just returned from San Francisco where my colleague Monica Banting (PwC Canada’s Women in Leadership Manager) and I participated in the Boston College Global Workforce Roundtable annual meeting. We saw hot-off-the-press research from around the globe, as well as leader perspectives on talent and diversity from Sodexo, Intel,...

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....

19 October 2010

Women’s Lib 2.0 in Deauville

Bonjour, Merci beaucoup to the Australians (including Jillian Segal, a director of the Australian Stock Exchange and PwC’s own Christine Stasi), who brought the sunshine with them to Paris last week - though even their Down Under effervescence couldn’t keep the rain from stormy, blustery, seaside Normandy. No matter as...

20 September 2010

Inspiration from the east

Konnichiwa from Tokyo! I’ve had an amazing time in Tokyo, where PwC Japan hosted its second annual Women’s Network Conference, connecting its women to PwC leadership, peers, and exploring career strategies. I have a special place in my heart for Japan. At university I roomed with Mariko (whose mother is...

12 July 2010

Great Expectations

Bonjour, Those of us suffering through the eighteen days of summer heat in Brussels tip our hats to those of you in the wintery (a mild winter, I’ve been assured) Southern Hemisphere, where World Cup fever (congrats to Spain!), has proliferated from South Africa and where Australia recently swore in...

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...

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...

03 March 2010

Food for thought

Bonjour from Brussels, I’ve just returned from sunny (oh, so sunny) Barcelona. Growing up in the U.S., I never understood why my grandparents, aunts, and uncles spoke endlessly about the weather in Scotland. Every conversation inevitably began with a full and detailed disclosure of the climate and precipitation report in...

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...

19 November 2009

Feelings are facts and perceptions are reality…

Hello, bonjour, and goedemorgen! I’ve just returned from Holland, where I had the pleasure of attending an International Women of Excellence event with professionals from IBM, American Express, Shell, TNT, BAE Systems, and Philips (some of the panellists are pictured below). It was a day full of revelations for me,...

06 November 2009

Who will we choose to be?

Greetings from an autumn-infused New York City! I managed to take a detour on my walk from a conference in Times Square to our PwC office on Madison Avenue the other day and can report that the trees in Central Park are awash in breathtaking hues of orange, yellow, and...

26 October 2009

“Men love war and women love warriors”…and other dead clichés

“Men love war and women love warriors,” quoted Gassan Salamé, Professor of International Relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in France at last week’s Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Needless to say, this got QUITE a reaction from the audience; of course the reading of the quote was...

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...

01 May 2009

When will there be good news?

A wise woman once told me that the secret of happiness is thick skin and low expectations. When I have, in the past, shared this nugget with friends, the response has always been a mixture of nods of recognition and acknowledgement and a few comments along the lines of “that’s...

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 November 2008

Unaccustomed Earth

Last week saw me in Delhi, Bangalore and then back to Delhi once more, before returning to London at the weekend. My week was busy, frantic, noisy, crowded, chaotic – and fascinating, insightful, educational, a privilege. I met so many great people and was made very welcome by both NASSCOM...

14 November 2008

Passage to India

A brief update before I head off to India this weekend, and a bit more information about what I’ll be doing over there. Since I last blogged, NASSCOM have come back to me and changed my speaking session around – so I will now be on the CEO panel (an...

10 November 2008

On being wrong!

It’s rare for my first words upon waking to be: “Who won?” It’s even rarer for me to say, publicly, that I am delighted to be wrong. But both instances occurred on Wednesday 5th November 2008, when I awoke to discover that Barack Obama had won the US election –...

04 November 2008

On birthdays, elections and South Africa

Today is not only Election Day in the USA but also the 89th birthday of my grandmother, after whom I am named (Cleo is short for Cleone, which is her middle name; my middle name comes from my paternal grandmother). We call my grandmother “Mamma” (a long family story behind...

22 October 2008

Changing to Win

Last night, I gave myself a bit of a break from all things connected with Planet Video (although work on the DVD and the on-line version of the film continues…) and I went along to the launch of PwC UK’s newest people group, the Disability Network. It’s the UK firm’s...

10 October 2008

Beyond the Palin – tales from Newsweek’s “Women in Leadership” forum

Earlier this week, I attended Newsweek magazine’s event, which both examines and celebrates women in leadership. It’s held in the spectacular setting of the New York based American Museum of Natural History, and attracts a high profile and eclectic crowd of women and men from politics, the arts and business....

07 October 2008

Gender equality as smart economics

I’m now in New York once more, but I had a couple of really interesting days in Washington DC last week, sharing, learning and collaborating. On Wednesday, I cleared Security at the World Bank and then had a meeting with Amanda Ellis and her team. Amanda runs the World Bank...

19 August 2008

South African reflections

Hello again. I’m once more in London, after a fascinating two week trip to South Africa. As is often the case when I visit a new-to-me-country, I’m finding myself now absorbed by all manner of things South African and keep looking things up on-line (and then losing lots of time...

05 August 2008

Celebrating in South Africa

Greetings from Johannesburg, where I’m having a fascinating time, helping my PwC South Africa colleagues celebrate National Women’s Day. This morning, I spoke about the work of the Gender Advisory Council (the “who we are, what we’re doing, where we’re going”, approach) at a PwC sponsored business breakfast, in front...

30 July 2008

An evening with Generation Y

Hello again. Last week, my travels saw me spending time in the PwC offices in both New York and Chicago. It was my first time in the latter city and, although I didn’t get to see much of it, I have to say that I liked what I saw and...

19 June 2008

“There’s a special place in hell …”

“… for women who don’t help other women”, said Julia Cleverdon at last week’s First Women Awards, quoting former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and being applauded loudly for doing so. In a room full of women and oh yes, some men too, including actor Bill Nighy, we saw...

09 June 2008

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodnight...

… Hillary Clinton. It was great having you in the running as the first female candidate for American President. From across the Atlantic, and on my occasional visits to the US, I watched, listened and wondered whether America was really ready for a female leader. When I read this article...

18 October 2007

Planes, trains, automobiles … and a ferry

The ferry I mentioned in the title of this entry brought me back to London via Caen and Portsmouth at the end of a really interesting Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. It has grown from 800 delegates in 2006 to 1200 this year, with a far higher ratio...

16 October 2007

A CEO’s view of Deauville – Sam DiPiazza

At the end of his Forum session on “Transparency, Trust and Truth”, I caught up with Sam DiPiazza and asked him for his views on this year’s Forum: "This year felt as if it was a significant step forward from a year ago. The dramatic increase in attendance, with so...

12 October 2007

Deauville Diary

I've spent a lot of time sitting in meeting rooms this week, listening to powerful, clever and funny women discuss the issue of women in leadership. On Tuesday, I was in New York for the PwC USA and Newsweek magazine sponsored Women in Leadership conference, and now I'm in Deauville,...

09 October 2007

The eve of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society

At the time of writing, we’re just a few days away from the opening of this year’s Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, which takes place over three days in the extremely scenic resort of Deauville in northern France. PwC Global are one of the key sponsors and both...