To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Institute of Directors is hosting a series of events looking at how to make sure British business is open to all. Throughout this week, the IoD will address a range of diversity issues including age, gender and ethnicity.
Today there is a roundtable with AIG and European Women on Boards: Building the next generation of international female board leaders. The event will discuss how to strengthen the pipeline of female executive talent which is something I am particularly passionate about along with ensuring the pregnancy journey and transition to motherhood is seen as a beneficial addition to this pipeline rather than a negative.
Congratulations to Karen Blackett, CEO MediaComm UK who has been named as the most influential black person in Britain topping the Black Power List 2015. Karen said the advice she was given by her father to work twice as hard and contribute to British society spurred her to achieve such high levels of success and the decision to work with a life coach and focus on her own self belief was one of the key secrets to her triumph. As a single mother she has shown that gender, race and motherhood are no barriers to huge success.