18 posts categorised "Gender Advisory Council"

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...

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...

06 November 2009

Who will we choose to be?

Greetings from an autumn-infused New York City! I managed to take a detour on my walk from a conference in Times Square to our PwC office on Madison Avenue the other day and can report that the trees in Central Park are awash in breathtaking hues of orange, yellow, and...

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...

01 May 2009

When will there be good news?

A wise woman once told me that the secret of happiness is thick skin and low expectations. When I have, in the past, shared this nugget with friends, the response has always been a mixture of nods of recognition and acknowledgement and a few comments along the lines of “that’s...

02 April 2009

Diversity in the downturn: what’s the business case?

Last week I attended a very interesting multi-company workshop on diversity in the downturn, organised by Opportunity Now and hosted by the UK headquarters of a major pharmaceutical firm. We were a small group of nine, from a very diverse range of organisations: professional services (me), a global car rental...

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...

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 –...

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...

16 October 2008

On being nearly ready for our close up...

This is quite possibly the shortest Gender Agenda article that I’ve ever written, and perhaps we all deserve a break after my epic Sarah Palin piece from last week; but I have to share that we are nearly ready to go live with The Film! Yes, after a long, tumultuous...

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)...

30 July 2008

An evening with Generation Y

Hello again. Last week, my travels saw me spending time in the PwC offices in both New York and Chicago. It was my first time in the latter city and, although I didn’t get to see much of it, I have to say that I liked what I saw and...

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...

19 June 2008

“There’s a special place in hell …”

“… for women who don’t help other women”, said Julia Cleverdon at last week’s First Women Awards, quoting former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and being applauded loudly for doing so. In a room full of women and oh yes, some men too, including actor Bill Nighy, we saw...

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...