Women in Leadership & Diversity: Challenge and Change

Women in Leadership

By Anj Handa

On 7th March 2017, I attended the ‘Women in Leadership & Diversity: Challenge & Change’ event at the House of Commons (that’s me in blue addressing the panel about workplace bullying).

The event was chaired by HSBC, involved three MPs, with an audience of around forty people from business and the public sector.

Here’s what event organiser, Sharon Jandu said following the event:

“It was great to hear from the panel and the audience and gain personal insights on the challenges that are being faced.

What is very clear is that women certainly do have a significant contribution to make in leading cultural change and driving a model of collaborative and distributed leadership, we know that recent research has confirmed what we know that support for leadership development is key to enabling more female leaders to progress.”

Supporting Women into Leadership Roles

Moving forward, project groups are being established to consider the following themes:

  • Mentoring and Leadership Values: Tackling the glass ceiling in a positive and sustainable way
  • How do you change bullying behavioural patterns?
  • Recruitment Bias – Accelerating to enable cultural change to take place
  • Technology as an Enabler – Anywhere and Anytime Working

Next Steps

The plan is to identify strategies to increase diversity and opportunity for women within the world of work and explore the behaviours, traits and culture needed to progress. move forward, we will be working very closely with:

Throughout this exercise, we will be working with Flick Drummond, MP for Portsmouth South & Member of the Women & Equalities Select Committee; Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West; Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds & Member of the Women & Equalities Select Committee; and Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport).

We will also be working with the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). I am a Fellow of the RSA and will utilise my membership to best effect for this initiative.

Are you interested in any of the themes? Please email anj@inspiringwomenchangemakers.co.uk to express your interest as we scope out the work. Your input is valuable.