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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

A few months ago, this blog asked: do you have to be a guy to be a geek? The question has been raised again several times in the past week.

Maija Palmer, writing in the FT, explores possible reasons why fewer women are pursuing careers in technology than a decade ago. “Women accounted for just 18 per cent of UK technology professionals in 2010, down from 22 per cent in 2001,” she notes.

Writing for Edge magazine recently, Clint Hocking, creative director at LucasArts, the gaming company founded by film director George Lucas, makes a plea for more women to enter the games development industry – in particular to provide “balance”. (more…)

Rebecca Knight

Female bosses get a bad rap. There’s even a word for them. No, not that word. I am talking about the term “queen bee”. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

There is a large body of research into the different language styles used by men and women that broadly categorises transactional, direct statements as “masculine” and indirect, relational language as “feminine”. But is this simply stereotyping, or is it based more concretely in how language operates? (more…)

Rebecca Knight

For the past five years, women have outnumbered men in worldwide university enrolments and graduation rates. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

It is MBA season, the time of year when graduates move back into the business world, hoping their hard work will propel them effortlessly to the top. (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

“The power of progress is fundamental to human nature, but few managers understand it or know how to use it to boost motivation.” (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…)

Merryn Somerset Webb

I am speaking at my school’s old girls’ day this week. I am flattered, but I also wonder why, given that I was lucky enough to go to one of the best girls’ schools in the country, that it was me they asked. (more…)

Lynda Gratton

If the age of the general manager is over, what can we bank on for the future? (more…)

Liz Bolshaw

Calpers and Calstrs, two US pension funds, are to launch a database of independent directors that will help improve corporate governance in companies held in their portfolios. (more…)

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