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27th March 2015

Successful women in business

Lisa Cockerill

Lisa Cockerill

Over the last few weeks, I have been drawn to articles about successful women in business and I have found myself wondering how these women get ahead in a corporate life. One of the articles that really made me think hard about how us women actually survive in a world of technology, which is a notoriously male-dominated industry, was about Helena Morrissey, Chief Executive Officer at Newton Fund Management.

Successful women in businessIt was only a couple of days before this that I heard her name mentioned as being an inspirational female leader. Not only has the 48-year-old female made her way to the top of her game, she is the mother of nine children.  Wow – yes 9 children. The title of the article is ‘mother-of-nine pushing for boardroom equality’. Now, in my humble opinion this would not have been the headline if this was a father of 9, right?  This to me is gender inequality at its finest even through the media. However the content of the article fascinated me – I found myself daydreaming into my future and the possibilities open to me.

I am a strong believer in equality in all walks of life and as I looked further into this gender gap at senior levels, I became troubled by the official statistics which show that women make up just 22.8% of FTSE 100 company boards, while in the FTSE 250 index of smaller firms women make up just 17.4% of boards. Why is this? We female species are all round talented individuals. Will it ever change? Well yes, it has to and it is beginning to thankfully. Even Vince Cable is now pushing for more equality in the boardroom. With all this said, I am pleased to say that my manager is in fact a women, so here at IC Resources we are starting to bridge that gap.  Updated statistics relating to the FTSE 100 and 250 will be published on 25 March 2015.

Time to dig deep for that drive, ambition, confidence and desire to succeed in addition to overcoming the practicalities of life. OK not all of us have a stay at home husband and a nanny (good on you Helena!) but then not all of us have 9 children, so there’s no excuse for holding back!

Interested to hear your thoughts on this.  Or if you think now might be a good time to see what job opportunities are out there, please look at the positions we are currently trying to fill.

LISA COCKERILL

SENIOR CONSULTANT

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