Monthly Archives: July 2011

Liz Bolshaw

Research from the Institute of Leadership & Management and Ashridge Business School published on Thursday reveals that recent UK graduates are looking to move on from their current jobs in record numbers.

There will be a touch of Parisian glamour at the Commission’s stuffy Berlaymont headquarters today as LVMH, the French luxury titan, drops in to chat business and gender with justice commissioner Viviane Reding.

Rebecca Knight

Workplace flexibility – also known as flexitime – is seen as key to helping companies recruit and retain working mothers. But flexitime is also often code for the “mummy track”, a professional path that offers mothers certain benefits, yet provides fewer opportunities for advancement. 

Rebecca Knight

What started as a series of informal social gatherings among the high-ranking women at State Street, the Boston-based financial services provider, has become a fully fledged effort to develop and promote female managers.

Liz Bolshaw

What is the going rate for a FTSE 100 chief executive today?

Angela Ahrendts, chief executive of Burberry, the luxury goods company, has again been in the firing line about her compensation. The furore follows an announcement that the company has offered her 500,000 shares – worth about £7.3m ($11.7m) at the current share price – if she remains in her post until 2016.

Liz Bolshaw

A few months ago, this blog asked: do you have to be a guy to be a geek? The question has been raised again several times in the past week.

Maija Palmer, writing in the FT, explores possible reasons why fewer women are pursuing careers in technology than a decade ago. “Women accounted for just 18 per cent of UK technology professionals in 2010, down from 22 per cent in 2001,” she notes.

Writing for Edge magazine recently, Clint Hocking, creative director at LucasArts, the gaming company founded by film director George Lucas, makes a plea for more women to enter the games development industry – in particular to provide “balance”.

Rebecca Knight

Growing up in Trenton, New Jersey, in the 1960s, Nell Merlino often accompanied her dad, Joe Merlino, a lawyer and powerful figure in state politics, to the office.

On July 6, the Financial Times publishes the next Women at the Top page as part of its flagship project on female business leadership.

Rebecca Knight

Ask any entrepreneur the things he or she has given up for the sake of a business and you’ll hear a long list of sacrifices: sleep, personal time, hobbies and – perhaps most important – time with family. 

Liz Bolshaw

More than 80 per cent of high-flying women questioned in a new survey believe there is anti-female bias in appointments to company boards – but most oppose the introduction of quotas.

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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.