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30 May 2008

A week of updates – and the chance to be on British TV!

Hello again

Another interesting week in Gender Advisory Council land.  Over the last few days, I’ve been very involved in planning the PwC contribution to both the Working Mother conference in South Africa on 8th August and for the Women’s Forum in Deauville, France, this October, at which we will again be a sponsor.

As part of our sponsorship, we always provide a piece of research or some other input to the event.  Last year, a team from PwC’s global leadership development programme, Genesis Park including blog contributor Sandra Deltell Diaz researched and authored a very interesting report on “Women’s Economic Participation: Barriers, Enablers, Responses”, which we presented during one of the Forum’s workshops.  This year, we are considering a number of options to link in with the Forum’s theme of “Progress to Share, Future to dare” and I’ll write some more about that project once we agree the scope of it with the Forum team.  There are currently two really exciting and innovative ideas on the table – watch this space.  I had coffee yesterday with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, co-author of “Why Women Mean Business” and she told me that she will again be in Deauville, running a series of what she has dubbed “The Men’s Corner” – break-out areas for the Forum’s male participants to discuss this issue.  And WWMB is due to be published in Korean later this year!

Anne Loveridge of PwC Australia’s web profile has now gone live.  I spoke to Anne last week to brief her on the work of the GAC and she told me that the Australian firm is sponsoring one of the highly prestigious 2008 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year awards – that of Young Businesswoman of the Year.  She and a couple of colleagues from the Australian team also updated me about their two hugely successful leadership summits for women, which took place in Sydney and Melbourne earlier this month.  A total of 175 female Partners and Directors came together to engage, network and empower and were treated to after dinner speeches from leading businesswomen Margaret Jackson and Meredith Hellicar.

Still on the subject of updates … my blog-master Matt and I have added some updates to the Gender Agenda this week, too.  Under “Recommended Reading” you’ll find the details of some new book titles and, to the right, under “Other Links”, you will see a few new websites which have interesting ideas and materials on the topic of women in business.  I’m particularly keen on “The Thin Pink line”, not only because it’s the website of Lois P Frankel, author of “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” but also because it provides free daily coaching tips.  Check it out – and many thanks to Nicki of www.theglasshammer.com for sharing the details with me.

Finally, if you’re in the UK, a working mother and would like to be on TV, you may wish to consider this opportunity from the BBC:

“BBC Television is making a major three-part series called WOMEN about contemporary women's lives. The series will look at the impact of feminism on contemporary family life.

The first episode will provide the background and will map the ideology of women's liberation in the 1960s and 1970s, and evoke the urgency and passion of the early days of the movement.

The second and third episodes will be an audit of the impact of feminism on contemporary family life, and document the professional and domestic lives of women in Britain today. They will aim to assess how the reality of women’s lives compares with the hopes and predictions of forty years ago, and what the consequences of feminism have been for women, as well as for men.

Although at the moment the series is in the early stages of research, Assistant Producer Becky Lomax is looking for full-time working mothers to contribute to the series.

Within her research Becky is aiming to discover:

    • How do you juggle the competing demands of work and home?
    • How big a burden of responsibility do you shoulder at work and at home?
    • Who does the childcare in your house?
    • How involved is your husband or partner with the children?
    • Are there conflicts or frustrations in your household around who takes domestic responsibility?

If you would be interested in participating in the series or to find out more information please contact Becky Lomax by email at [email protected]"

Until next time – by when I hope to have some news about a couple of these events and who will be speaking …



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