FT Women at the Top, May 11: analysis, comment and exclusive online videos

On May 11, the Financial Times publishes the next Women at the Top page as part of its flagship project on female business leadership.

In the print edition, the FT’s comment editor James Crabtree examines the rise of the “super-connected” US female board director. Leyla Boulton, an FT news editor, asks whether headhunters are hindering the progress of women on boards; and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala talks about her work at the World Bank, and her former career as finance minister and foreign minister of Nigeria.

Online, in an exclusive video interview, Zhang Xin, chief executive of Soho China, the real estate company, talks about her rise to the top – and how China offers more opportunities for women to become entrepreneurs than many western countries. In the second video package, Leyla Boulton travels to Paris to investigate board diversity, and asks whether the UK can learn from the French experience.

Also online, Lynda Gratton, professor of management at London Business School and director of the Future of Work Research Consortium, writes about what 2030 might hold for women in the boardroom; and the FT’s Lucy Warwick-Ching examines how business can best benefit from understanding “the female economy”.

All in the FT on May 11 and online at www.ft.com/womenatthetop

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The 'Women at the Top' blog is part of a series of online and print publications that focuses on women's achievements in business. With up-to-date news and incisive analysis, the blog will provoke discussion on the role of the world's most prominent businesswomen. www.ft.com/womenblog

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About our bloggers

Liz Bolshaw

Liz Bolshaw is a business journalist and editor. She has been a successful book publisher, online editor, magazine editor and publisher.

She was launch editor of the Europe-wide online community Entrepreneur Country, has published magazines for PwC, 3i, dunhill and Bafta, and launched The Sharp Edge, a magazine for and about entrepreneurs, with Duncan Bannatyne. She is a regular contributor to Thomson Reuters’ Venture Capital Journal.

Her last project for the Financial Times was as editor of the paper’s Business Education magazine.

Rebecca Knight

Rebecca Knight is a freelance journalist based in Boston. She writes regularly for the FT on business education, entrepreneurship, and management.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He was City editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010.

He was the FT’s financial editor from June 2005 to September 2006, with overall responsibility for coverage of companies and markets. Before becoming financial editor, he was the FT’s comment & analysis editor, in charge of the paper’s opinion and features pages.

From 1999 to 2003, he was the FT’s New York bureau chief. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as foreign news editor, UK companies reporter and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

Pino Bethencourt

Pino Bethencourt is a professor and leadership expert at IE Business School in Madrid. She is also an author and executive coach.

Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School.

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Linda Tarr-Whelan, former ambassador to the UN commission on the status of women, is a Demos distinguished senior fellow.