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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 the children of Darfur and Chad. I’ve heard it said that P.W.C. stands for “People Who Care” and I think that it might be true, given that the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has confirmed that we have raised the largest amount of money from a single firm in the history of the organisation - just over $4.6 million USD!  What an achievement.

Congratulations too to Olivia Gillan, one of this year’s new PwC UK Partners, who was this week named as one of Management Today’s “35 Under 35”, their list of top young female talent.  And they really are young – one of them is only 20!  What a wealth of female talent we have. Even if looking at the names, ages and achievements of these gifted and hard working women makes those of us who are OVER 35 feel a little long in the tooth …

Back in my 35+ world, we’ve been busy putting some interesting new content on the pwc.com/women website this week.  We welcomed Nora Wu to the Gender Advisory Council, as our representative from the PwC firms of China, Hong Kong and Singapore.  Nora runs our Shanghai office and has had a busy and energised career, taking the slightly alternative path of having her children first and then entering the accountancy profession.  Read her profile here, where she comments that:

“My advice to my female colleagues in China and Asia is to first believe that giving up is not an option. Continue to seek the solutions and inspiration you need to succeed. Success is not measured so much by what accomplishments you have reached in life and when you have reached them; it is measured more by what obstacles you have overcome on that road to success. Success is about believing in yourself and not being afraid of hard work and the difficulties you might face. Understand that the road to success will be long and hard, but be persistent and enjoy the journey. It’s worth it.”

Over on the renamed “Read, watch and listen” section we have some really fascinating video content available.  Regular readers will know of my admiration for Leslie Bennetts and her fantastic book “The Feminine Mistake” - I’ve also blogged before about the PwC US event held last year at which Leslie participated in a panel discussion, “Life Changes” in which issues facing working mothers were debated, with some heat, by an eclectic and illustrious group of women.  The video footage of that event is excellent and will really make you stop and think, whether or not you have children (one audience participant was very engaged and said that she didn’t even have kids “yet” but now had so many questions and options going through her mind).  The film is streamed onto the website in chapters, so take some time when you’re on a fast connection and have a look.

Finally, my next blog entry will feature an interview with Carol Frohlinger, one of the powers behind The Thin Pink Line and also an attorney, consultant, coach, and co-author of the book  “Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success”.  Carol has kindly signed a copy of the book for a Gender Agenda blog reader, and I’ll be sharing how you can win it next time. If you would like to receive email alerts when I update my blog, please let me know.

Until then, congratulations again to Olivia, and welcome to Nora –

Cleo

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