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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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Liz Bolshaw

US-based membership organisation Women Corporate Directors (WCD) yesterday announced the winners of its 2012 WCD Awards. (more…)

Rebecca Knight

Niall FitzGerald, former chief executive of Unilever and chairman of Thomson Reuters, spoke last week at Brandeis University’s International Business School, just outside of Boston, about the qualities of good, strong leaders. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

A flair for networking is often cited as one of the critical skills required for ambitious professionals. But some argue that women are less adept at this dark art than men. (more…)

In one of the swankiest spot in New York’s Chinatown this week, the Women’s Venture Fund (WVF) held its 14th annual gala, and honoured two highly successful women in business, writes Devon Portney. They are Ida Liu of Citibank, and Alitia Faccone of McCarter & English, the law firm. (more…)

Rebecca Knight

According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, women-owned businesses account for 40 per cent of all privately held companies – which is not too shabby. But only about 3 per cent of all of these companies have revenues of $1m or more, compared with 6 per cent of companies owned by men. According to a study by the Kauffman Foundation, just 1.8 per cent of women-owned companies have revenues above $1m. (more…)

So another tribute to women: the first Nobel peace prize for any woman in seven years goes to three women. It seems the Nobel committee in Oslo has done a broad sweep of female achievement since it gave the prize to another African woman in 2004. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

This year, four female directors have films in contention for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival – four more than last year. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

With Hollywood awash with Oscar speculation, I have been thinking about awards. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

Elisabeth Scott, the British architect of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre on the banks of the Avon at Stratford, was the subject of a BBC Radio 3 documentary on Sunday. She was the first woman ever to win a high-profile public architecture competition, beating about 70 men to the prize in 1928, a time when women of her age had not yet won the right to vote. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

The UK’s honours system tends to incite powerful emotions. (more…)

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