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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.

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Andrew Hill

Aude de Thuin,  founder of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, has stepped back from management of the forum and sold her shares to Publicis.

That’s a bigger step than it sounds. Publicis has had majority control of the Forum’s parent company since 2009, but I can testify, having met de Thuin and attended the first few annual conferences in Deauville (the FT used to be one of its media partners), that she was the heart of the event. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

Thank you to Carla Guerra for her comment on the post about La DressCode. Her nomination of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg for our informal female style awards got me musing about another of my passions – the world of fast-growth entrepreneurs, especially game-changers and technology superstars. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

Just two weeks since I posted on the thorny issue of how to dress for the office, a 43-page guide from UBS on what to wear has in recent days rivalled weather reports and WikiLeaks in search term popularity. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

Every year Catalyst, the US-based independent think-tank (not to confused with the former UK think-tank of the same name), undertakes a census of Fortune 500 women board directors and executive officers and top earners. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

The impact of diversity was top of the agenda for the second of this afternoon’s Women at the Top conference panels: how can countries harness its effects to boost growth? (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

Yesterday saw the election of 41 United Nations member states to the executive of a new “super agency”, UN Women, to promote women’s rights.

The agency brings together four existing UN bodies into a single force under its head, Chile’s former president Michelle Bachelet. Campaigners hope this will help push women’s rights up the international agenda and focus funding on one place. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina’s failures to win seats in the US midterm elections have been widely reported with a that’ll-teach-them self-righteousness that I think is misplaced. The takeaway from this is not that the former chief executives of eBay and Hewlett-Packard threw millions of greenbacks into the ring and lost: it’s that they did it at all. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

This week I went to see Made in Dagenham, the film about several Ford sewing machinists who, in 1968, protested that they were paid less than men doing equivalent jobs. (more…)

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