34 posts categorised "Guest contributors"

09 August 2012

Life-changing experiences: gender, mobility, and leadership

This week's blog post introduces my new colleague, Aoife, to the PwC Global D&I team, and explores the connections between gender and mobility experiences. Enjoy! **** Hello and nice to meet you, My name is Aoife and I am excited to have recently joined Dale in PwC’s Global Diversity &...

19 July 2012

Lies I was told: women, work, and "having it all"

Hello everyone, Anne-Marie Slaugher's recent essay, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” incited vehement and very polarized reactions from readers. I personally didn't find anything particularly surprising in the essay (except Slaughter's underlying assumption that life should be easy). Many of you sent me your comments on this article...

29 June 2012

How do cultural norms impact men and women at work?

Bonjour all, This week's blog is written by guest writer and PwC Canada alum, Julie Armstrong. I asked Julie to write a blog after we caught up on the phone last month and I peppered her with questions about her research findings on prevailing cultural norms and how they manifest...

30 August 2011

High hopes in high heels

Bonjour, Hope all is well with you out in the reader-sphere as I post these last few pieces from Brussels, before I head away back across the Atlantic. I had a lovely talk with my colleagues from PwC Bermuda last month. I was curious – as I’m sure you will...

31 May 2011

Weißwurst and Karma

Bonjour, Today’s guest blog comes from Arundhati Pandeya, a Consultant in PwC’s Munich, Germany office. She called me a few months ago when she had just started her career with PwC and was relatively newly graduated. We discussed her new joiner and multi-cultural experiences in Munich (one of my favourite...

17 March 2011

Making it happen - an EPIC journey

Bonjour, This week I’ve asked Erica Goldsmith of PwC UK to share how her recent international assignment enhanced her personal and professional life. I was inspired by Erica’s candour and insight – and having been on an international assignment, could relate to what she had to say about the dream...

15 February 2011

Leadership…twenty-first century style

Bonjour from Brussels! One of the perks of my job is meeting a lot of talented people from all over the world. Alexandra Moraru, is PwC’s AIESEC Coordinator and sits in our Brussels office. AIESEC is present in over 107 territories with over 50,000 members. It is the world’s largest...

11 June 2010

Can Men Innovate Alone?

Bonjour, Many of the cutting-edge research papers and corporate gender initiatives that abound these days are based on the assumption that men and women think and behave differently as a result of a combination of nature and nurture. Whether or not you subscribe to this theory, there’s enough credible research...

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...

15 April 2010

Do women’s networks speak to younger women?

Bonjour all! As mentioned in last week’s blog, I first connected with today’s guest writer, Dr. Elisabeth Kelan on LinkedIn due to our shared groups on the site and mutual interest in gender diversity. I then saw her speak at the World Diversity Leadership Summit in Vienna on a panel...

01 December 2009

From Australia to Chad…on moments that take your breath away

Hello again. This week I’ve asked a colleague based in Australia – Kathryn Wightman-Beaven – to guest blog. I speak with Kathryn regularly as part of our efforts to both formally and informally connect PwC’s diversity and inclusion efforts with our corporate responsibility work. I’ve never felt more proud to...

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?...

26 June 2009

The power of connections

Hello again. Following on from my recent thoughts on networking, I’ve also been thinking about how powerful it can be to keep an open mind and have an inquisitive spirit when you’re out and about and meet new people. In the last few weeks and months, the following chain of...

03 June 2009

When will this segment of the glass ceiling ride off into the sunset?

Hello again. For our first article in June, here is a wonderfully thought provoking piece from my colleague, published author and virtual friend Beverly Barna, based in Tampa, Florida. In her article, Bev jumps into a time machine and goes back to 1998 to remember a time when… and considers...

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...

29 January 2009

On changes in South Africa

Hello again. I’m heading away on holiday tomorrow, and I have already packed a hefty suitcase of reading material and several very large bottles of SPF 50 sun-cream. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks’ time but, in the interim, here’s a guest blog entry from my South African...

06 January 2009

Update – on using “My Mentor” in Bangalore

Hello again and Happy New Year. Let’s start off 2009 on the Gender Agenda by sharing some great news from India. I mentioned last year that a lady called Rashmi Seth had won a copy of Maureen Frank’s “My Mentor” toolkit at the prize draw in Bangalore when we launched...

12 December 2008

Empowering women through micro-finance

Hello again. This week’s entry is provided as a follow up to Dyan Decker’s article from the summer, in which she described her hopes for her forthcoming trip to Tanzania as part of the PwC Ulysses programme. Dyan, pictured below with her colleagues Nicolas and German, spent eight weeks in...

04 December 2008

Guest blog: what the Obama victory may mean for diversity in corporate America

Hello again. Our latest guest blog entry comes this week from New York based Simi Sanni Nwogugu, an executive coach with her own diversity consulting firm that helps clients retain and advance women. Simi is a good friend of PwC in the US, where she co-ordinates the coaching programme for...

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...

18 July 2008

Her place at the table – in conversation with Carol Frohlinger, negotiating skills expert

I was immensely cheered at the weekend to read an article in my Sunday paper, which suggested that both of the US Presidential hopefuls are likely to select a woman as their running mate, as Hillary Clinton’s - “… groundbreaking campaign has paved the way for a number of other...

11 July 2008

Congratulations and Celebrations

Hello again. How delightful that I can share a couple of pieces of great news in this week’s blog entry. As I promised last time, I can now reveal how much money PwC has managed to raise with our ten days of fundraising via the “Power of Ten” initiative, for...

30 June 2008

Feeling proud

Hello again. I’ve been thinking about the emotion of “pride” over the last few days. It’s one (the original and most serious, apparently) of the seven deadly sins, it’s also said to “go before a fall”. Wikipedia tells me that “it is identified as a desire to be more important...

09 May 2008

Teaming with Men for Success

Last month, I attended the Catalyst awards in New York and, as I wrote here at the time, participated in a fascinating workshop on gender equity and male involvement. Many of you have now seen the handouts from this session and I hope have found them to be as interesting...

11 April 2008

Blanka’s story: Czechs in the City

I’m currently in New York, at the end of a whirlwind 10 days of travelling between London, Toronto and the Big Apple. I have so much to report back on, having attended two book launches for “Why Women Mean Business”, gone to the Catalyst Awards Conference at which Nissan and...

07 April 2008

Why Women Mean Business – a view from the front line

Here’s the second of our guest articles – this time from Paula Holt from PwC UK, who is an author on the UK's PwCPeople blog. Paula wins a copy of “Why Women Mean Business” for her thought provoking views on life as a working mother. Here’s her story. “I joined...

03 April 2008

“The single most important thing to progressing in my own role was …”

One of the very first PwC people to whom I spoke when I first started in my role with the Gender Advisory Council was Dale Meikle, who has written today’s blog posting. Currently on secondment to our European partnership, she joined PwC US in 1999 and worked in the Washington...

20 March 2008

Learning from (and with) our colleagues

One of the many great things about working in a truly global firm is the way in which we can share information, learn from each other, see the world and take new things back to our own cities. This recently became the case for my colleagues in PwC Netherlands, who...

21 January 2008

Recognising the strength of the power within

Hello there I’ve been very occupied lately on the arrangements for the first PwC launch of the book “Why Women Mean Business”, which takes place in London next week on January 30th. It’s great to see so much interest in the book, and I’m very much looking forward to listening...

08 January 2008

The benefits of networking – what’s in it for you?

Hello again. For my second post of 2008, here’s an extract from the subscription-only “Diversity at Work” bulletin, published by IDS, who have kindly granted me permission to reproduce this section of their recent detailed report into PwC UK’s people networks. You can read more about these networks on the...

31 December 2007

From Sweden to Mexico, via China

Many thanks to those of you who emailed me to say how much you enjoy reading the contributions to the blog, and learning more about our PwC leadership and development programmes. Here’s another piece from a Ulysses participant, Lena Svensson. I met Lena on my trip to Stockholm last month,...

14 December 2007

Ulysses – a powerful and defining experience

As referenced earlier this week, here’s a blog contribution from US Partner Jill Hemphill, who participated in our leadership development programme Ulysses last year. I had the pleasure of meeting Jill at the 2007 Catalyst Awards Dinner at which PwC US’s gender retention initiatives were honoured, and she was so...

11 December 2007

Genesis Park – reflections from a female alum: PwC Spain

It’s always been my intention for this blog to act as a thought leadership platform as well as an area in which we consider news, views and debate around the issues of women in leadership. Some weeks ago, I approached various PwC women who had participated in our key global...