22 posts categorised "Networking"

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...

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,...

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...

19 January 2011

If you let me play…I just might be CEO one day

Bonjour et bonne année from Brussels! It’s the time of new beginnings and new year’s resolutions. One of mine is to make my writing pithier -- Mark Twain famously said, “If I’d had more time, I’d have written a shorter letter.” Indeed. Since this is my first blog of 2011,...

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...

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...

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...

09 April 2010

Wake up and smell the 21st century…please

Happy Spring Break to those of you who have taken time off for the Easter holiday (and for those of you who don’t celebrate it – go on and eat some chocolate, anyway). A plethora of studies cite a lack of formal / informal networking as one of the largest...

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...

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...

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...

24 April 2009

Networking for busy people

Hello again. I mentioned last month that I’d write a follow up piece on networking, an idea which came to me when I received an email after our International Women’s Day event. A colleague wrote to me to say that: “… I stayed briefly at the end and spoke to...

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...

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 –...

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...

07 November 2007

Launch of the PwC US Women’s Networking Circles - Pittsburgh

Earlier this year, I was one of a number of Gender Advisory Council members involved in a huge project in which we interviewed around 80 of our key female leaders from seven different PwC territories. One of our goals was to both identify our key women (who and where are...