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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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Rebecca Knight

Korn/Ferry International, the recruitment firm, has just published a book for job seekers billed as an “exclusive opportunity to get behind-the-scenes insight from top consultants” on how to manage your career.   (more…)

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. (more…)

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.  (more…)

My first job out of college was as a news clerk at The New York Times in Washington, DC. It was entirely unglamorous. My duties included sorting the newsroom’s mail, answering phones and ordering take-out pizza for reporters stuck on deadline. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

The FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme has had six years of pairing chairmen and chief executives of the UK’s largest companies with nominated senior women executives from other companies. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

The Professional Boards Forum has launched “BoardWatch” to track progress against the targets set down in Lord Davies’ report into the number of women on FTSE 100 boards. Drawing on data provided by BoardEx, a business networking service, BoardWatch will report monthly figures.

In the first of these reports, 31 per cent of new directors appointed to the boards of the UK’s largest 100 listed companies since March 1 are women. This has inched up the total percentage of women directors to 13.4 per cent (from 12.5 per cent at end-2010) and reduced the number of “stag” or all-male boards to 14 from 21. (more…)

On May 11, the Financial Times publishes the next Women at the Top page as part of its flagship project on female business leadership. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

The latest census from the Alliance for Board Diversity proves what we probably knew already – that little progress has been achieved in the diversity of corporate America in the past six years. (more…)

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Typically, investors focus on bottom-line results, sustainability and social responsibility – but that is no longer enough. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

Reports by McKinsey, the consultancy, have been some of the most powerful forces in building the economic argument for improved gender parity in the workforce.

This month, McKinsey publishes Unlocking the Full Potential of Women in the US Economy, a report that explores why, in spite of all the well-acknowledged economic arguments, highly skilled women still do not progress up the career ladder. (more…)

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