Gender Diversity: Female Leadership and the Business Impact

07 December 2016
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Picture: Names from left to right, Fiona Claridge (Right Management), Nikki Walker (More2Gain), Katy Carroll (Bayer Healthcare), Margot Slattery (Sodexo), Niamh Cornally (Experis Ireland).

On the 16th September 2014, talent management specialist Right Management and leading professional recruiter Experis hosted the third in a successful series of female leadership seminars entitled ‘Female Leadership: Measuring Business Impact’. A variety of guest speakers from leading organisations shared how they measure and maintain their diversity strategies as they drive business growth and stay competitive. Among the keynote speakers committed to this female leadership forum was the award-winning Irish businesswoman Margot Slattery, MD of Sodexo in Ireland. Margot has received numerous awards including the Sunday Independent’s inaugural ’50 Most Powerful and Influential Businesswomen in Ireland 2014’.


Nikki Walker, Founder of More2Gain and ex Finance Director at Cisco, discussed and identified the financial gain for organisations at an EMEA level of diversity and inclusion programmes whilst discussing measurement and uniqueness to each organisation.


Katy Carroll, Business Unit Manager at Bayer Healthcare, shared global measurements and metrics collected by the organisation to prove the value of engaging in gender diversity policies.


Niamh Cornally, Client Services Director at Experis Ireland, adds: “Today more than ever, it’s critical for organisations to shift from “one-size-fits-all” to a “one-size-fits-one” approach to their talent management strategies. Employers must not only tap into diversified talent pools, but rethink the needs of its entire workforce if they want to have a competitive advantage. As part of our journey on the Female Leadership series, we are seeing increased trends in organisations for inclusion and development of gender diversity strategies for nurturing the talent within their businesses. Mind-sets have to be changed and aligned at a leadership level to encourage and implement programmes to develop future leaders, whatever gender they might be.”

 

The aim of the event was to encourage thought provoking discussions and provide learning for all. Approximately 40 people attended the event and senior male colleagues were also encouraged to attend.

Posted on: 07/12/16