Join us for our next Dialogue & Debate webinar, at 11am on Wednesday 9 March to explore the barriers and biases that women face when reaching and carrying out leadership roles in the UK.
The discussion will be hosted by Cumberland Lodge Fellow, Dareen Assaf. Dareen's research explores female leadership in higher education, in an effort to understand barriers that obstruct female academics from progressing in their careers, and to understand the enablers that have helped those who hold successful executive leadership roles.
Our guest panellists include:
- Detective Superintendent Paula Bickerdike - West Yorkshire Police
- Simon Gallow - Advocate and HeForShe Lead at UN Women UK
- Preet Kaur Gill MP - Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Edgbaston; Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development
- Dr Alexandra Ramadan - Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford
What will be discussed?
In 2021, research found the proportion of women on FTSE 100 boards was at an all-time high, but concluded there still were not enough female chairs, chief executives and chief financial officers. Just eight of the CEOs in the top 100 UK companies are women. This trend is reflected across other sectors, including, academia, politics and the police.
Sheryl Sandberg notably speculated that men apply for positions if they meet just 60% of the requirements, while women only apply if they meet 100% of them. Research shows that women are less likely to apply for positions that are more senior than their current position. Reasons for this could be that women are more time poor, they require more flexible working patterns, senior positions require them to work in a masculine culture, and women are conditioned to feel less entitled than men (the entitlement gap).
In this webinar, we explore challenges and opportunities in the workplace for women, individually and as a collective, and we share ideas for how employers can eliminate bias, discrimination and stereotyping. We ask:
How does remote working impact women’s career progression?
Since the majority of single parents are women, how has the pandemic affected their mental health and self-confidence to take senior positions?
Is mandatory gender pay gap reporting effective? How has the pandemic impacted the gender pay gap, especially in terms of leadership and the pipeline to leadership?
How can employers create a culture that attracts and retains women leaders?
What is imposter syndrome and why does it affect women in the workplace?
What support systems are already in place to promote women’s leadership in the physical spaces at work?
What should employers do to promote women’s leadership in the physical spaces at work?
How important is it to have male allies who may support women's progression?
Dialogue & Debate with Cumberland Lodge is a series of regular interactive webinars on pressing issues affecting social cohesion in the UK. It is supported by our charitable funds.
You can join this webinar on Zoom, as a non-video participant, and interact with the panel via our live Q&A. All you need is an internet connection, a screen to watch it on - on PC or mobile device - and your speakers switched on. Everyone is welcome.
Please register in advance here to receive the joining details: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5tKyApKlS8iSkbFvPXgo9w
Up to 500 people can register for this webinar. If you are unable to register, we have already reached capacity, but you will still be able to watch it live on this webpage, and submit questions by tweeting us @CumberlandLodge or commenting on our Facebook livestream.
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