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Diversity at the Top: Women in Business

Thursday 27 April, The University of Manchester

The business case for gender diversity in senior and executive positions is compelling.

Studies show that companies that have the best records for promoting women outstrip their competition on every measure of profitability.

So why are there are just seven female CEOs in the FTSE 100?

Why have efforts to appoint more women to the boards of Britain’s biggest companies stalled, while men still hold a tight grip on key decision-making positions?
What can be done to speed up progress, and who should be the driving force behind it?
And, in tough economic times, should diversity come ahead of talent for businesses?

Alliance Manchester Business School has assembled a panel of senior leaders to explore the subject of gender diversity at the top, providing insight and debate on the topic’s most pressing issues.

The panel:
Ann Franck, CEO, Chartered Management Institute
Nisreen Shocair, President, Middle East and North Africa, Virgin Megastore
Sally Penni FRSA, Barrister, Kenworthy’s Chambers
Andrew Saunders, Deputy Editor, Management Today
Facilitated by Rachel Bridge, business and motivational author, and former Enterprise Editor at the Sunday Times

5.45pm-6.30pm: Registration and drinks reception
6.30pm-7.50pm: Panel debate followed by audience Q&A

There is no charge to attend but places are limited.