International Women's Day 2018
I attended a fascinating panel discussion hosted by Unity Trust Bank (thank you Margaret Willis) with a focus on "profit with purpose". The impressive panel included Dr Rebecca Harding, Virginia Mead-Herbert, Chrysta Poppitt and Alison Reid. The discussion was around centred around #profitwithpurpose i.e. a socially responsible and profitable business model, but the subject matter encompassed all number of issues faced by women in the workforce. The speakers brought to life not only hard data on gender inequality in the workplace, but coupled this with rich life experience stories and words of wisdom.
Female progression within the workplace is impacted by the culture of the organisation and gender bias both positive and negative. Overwhelmingly the panel, endorsed by the audience, want to see promotion on merit rather than a quota filling exercise in the workplace. ‘Progression on merit’ is impacted significantly by the company having a more open culture, which includes