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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

Catalyst, the US-based diversity think-tank, has published a new report in its Advancing Women in India series that benchmarks 56 companies with headquarters in India or that are subsidiaries of global businesses with head offices in Europe or the US. (more…)

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Tomorrow in the UK, the Woman’s Hour programme on the BBC’s Radio 4 launches a new thread titled “Women in Business”, which will follow the fortunes of three women entrepreneurs and their mentors. It follows recent reports of a large increase in the number of women starting businesses from home. (more…)

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Catalyst, the US-based think-tank, has just published a new report compiled from the responses of 700 respondents based in Europe at senior levels – 55 per cent of whom were women and 45 per cent men. The focus was on executives in large companies (60 per cent of the companies surveyed had 10,000 or more employees, and 85 per cent had a global scope). (more…)

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As the bonus season is upon us and banking in the headlines, it is worth examining board diversity in the world’s largest financial institutions. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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At the recent FT Women at the Top conference dinner, I found myself seated next to a senior director of a well-known Swiss private bank. (more…)

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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…)

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In a 2010 World Economic Forum report on corporate practices for gender diversity in 20 countries, 59 per cent of companies surveyed said they offer mentoring and networking programmes, and 28 per cent said they have women-specific programmes. (more…)

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