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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.