45 posts categorised "International"

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

07 December 2010

White men and diversity

Bonjour from snow-dusted Brussels, Okay. Let me start by saying I admire and even love many white men. Charles Dickens, Jack Kerouac, my father, my husband, and Richard Branson to name a few off the top of my head (yeah, you knew that last one was coming). But how often...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

18 November 2008

Heat and dust

India. Diverse. Hot. Dusty. Crowded. Chaotic. Noisy. Colourful. Teeming with people. And animals are everywhere – dogs, cows, monkeys, goats. An eight hour flight, a five and a half hour time difference. A world away. A world in which there are many forms of transport: bicycles, motorised three-wheeler rickshaws, cars,...

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...

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...

29 October 2008

Going live: the launch of “Closing the Gender Gap”

Hello. I am once again in New York (rain swept, grey and cold, with the streets littered with discarded, inverted umbrellas – and weeping British tourists, distressed at the low level of sterling against the dollar) – this time for Working Mother’s annual Work Life Congress. PwC US were once...

20 October 2008

Trailer: “Closing the Gender Gap: Challenges, Opportunities and the Future”

As promised …. here’s the trailer to the new PwC film, "Closing the Gender Gap" – just click on the link on the right, make sure you have the sound enabled on your PC - and enjoy. It’s a short (two minute) taster of the main film but will, I...

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...

30 September 2008

Sex, Flights and Videotape

Hello again. Last week’s promised update on the progress of our video failed to materialise, as you may perhaps have noticed, due to one very simple reason: I was without a laptop! My computer made a noise, not unlike the sound of a champagne cork popping (only much less fun)...

21 May 2008

Aussie rules

Hello again I had a very relaxing few days off work last week, and caught up with my reading (see below for a book recommendation!), also enjoying some spring sunshine in the English countryside. While I was away, my wonderful on-line colleagues updated the main www.pwc.com/women website with the details...

13 December 2007

Spotlight on Sweden goes live

Thanks to the efforts of both my colleagues in Sweden as well as in Global IT and Communications, we can now officially flick the switch to 'ON' as I announce that the new website feature “Spotlight on Sweden” is now live. It features interviews with, and role model profiles on,...

15 November 2007

The Swedish word for “women” is “kvinnor”

Last week, I hit the road again and spent a couple of days with my colleagues in PwC Sweden, at our office in Stockholm. The purpose of my visit was to research and write up a feature on PwC women in Sweden, which will be featuring on the main part...