At Brightstar Emer acts as an advocate for gender equality, and champions the subject through speaking engagements at various forums within the business. These include team briefings, segments on the quarterly global webcasts, as well as feature pieces in internal publications. She acts as a mentor to women across the business at different stages of their careers and set up the Brightstar Breakfast Club where talented women at all levels have the opportunity to connect, contribute and grow. Emer is a member of the UK Government’s Women’s Business Council (WBC), and represented the UK at the UN “Annual Commission on the Status of Women Globally” in New York. She was also appointed as the Co-Chair of the “Men as Change Agents” board which is a key project of the WBC, and was a keynote speaker at this year’s Mobile World Congress session on Women4Tech. Most recently, Emer was honored in New York by Women’s eNews, as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” for her work on promoting gender equality – the only European female to feature on the list this year. Emer is also a Non-Executive Director of PaddyPower Betfair plc.
Harriet is an active IBM executive leader, mentor and sponsor of several women diversity groups. She has spoken at and hosted a variety of women in business events, internally and externally, discussing women’s leadership and how to drive transformation. She also regularly blogs internally on diversity and leadership communities, reaching 300,000+ IBMers. Harriet regularly speaks with women’s groups, university programmes and individuals worldwide to coach, mentor, and share her leadership views. She is a proud supporter and advocate of championing women through the Peaceworks Foundation, to help foster understanding, tolerance and co-existence in regions of conflict. In May, she was named one of the most Creative People in Business for 2017 by Fast Company and last year won the Women in Technology Institute award and was inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame for her contributions to technology in business and her commitment to support and mentor women and girls worldwide. Harriet was recognized as the UK Business leader of the Year and Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year for 2014 and ranked 23rd in the Fortune Top Global Businesspeople list.
Whilst at Schneider, D&I was a top strategic priority for Tanuja and her senior executive team, and she personally reviewed progress against key goals monthly. She is also an advocate of the HeForShe UN initiative and Schneider is one of 10 companies– with 28,000 men globally who have signed this commitment. She also launched the PLUS ONE initiative encouraging hiring managers to add one more woman to their team. Tanuja regularly monitors female talent and proactively reviews their progress, as well as ensuring each of them is assigned a mentor and proposing women talent for promotions and key projects. Externally Tanuja is an active advocate for D&I and Women in Technology, and frequently speaks on industry panels, at schools, and in the media on the topic. When Tanuja joined Schneider, she founded PowerWomen a network of senior female leaders committed to developing the next generation of female talent and advancing women’s roles in leadership. This group meets quarterly to discuss the topic of D&I, how they encourage women into their industry, especially in commercial roles and at executive level. She has recently moved to Apax Partners, a global private equity firm, and continues to be a champion of diversity.
As Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Business Network in Fujitsu Wendy has created a new strategy to make Fujitsu the IT company where women can succeed. She is a regular mentor. She has set the ambition for them to become a Times Top 50 Women’s Employer within two years, and is personally driving the action plan to address the gender pay gap issues within Fujitsu. She often shares her very truthful and personal story at internal and external women in business events, including Fujitsu’s Ada Lovelace Day, to speak on the importance of building good networks, and help inspire others to achieve their own success. Externally, Wendy sits on a variety of women in business panels discussing the variety of careers available in tech, and giving practical tips and advice to attendees. She has also recently enrolled onto ‘Inspiring the Future’, affording her the opportunity to connect with, and encourage, young girls.
Wendy is passionate about ensuring gender diversity at all levels across LinkedIn and champions this through the EMEA Leadership Team, ensuring that the topic remains front and centre as the business grows. As a result of this effort, and the programmes associated with it, LinkedIn has almost 50/50 gender parity across the region. She initiated LinkedIn’s partnership with Connecting Women in Technology, an initiative aimed at attracting and retaining women to the technology sector, and she is also the executive sponsor for the Employee Resource Group (Women@LinkedIn, or WIN) focused on developing top female talent. Externally, Wendy is a volunteer mentor for a number of women helping them to reach their potential. So far she has helped three young women make important career moves, with a fourth in the works. She is also on Board of Junior Achievement Ireland, which promotes entrepreneurial skills to young people. On the board she has focused her attention on getting female engagement in STEM subjects.
Also called the FT and HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists, it aims to celebrate the strides being made by women across the UK, Ireland and globally and are published annually by the Financial Times.
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