On Wednesday 16th May 2018, at the Village Hotel in Cardiff, the HR and business community from across South Wales met to discuss Women In Leadership and to answer the question ‘What’s The Next For Gender Equality?”
Chair of the Forum Mark Hendy opened proceedings by explaining that the Forum chose this topic to discuss because of its importance. Mark explained that with over 10,000 firms reporting gender pay gaps in favour of male workers, with 81% of occupations having a pay gap and with male workers earning on average 18.4% more than women, it was clear that there was so much work to do to make progress on this issue.
Orla Power, Leadership Services Managing Consultant from LHH Penna presented the Workforce Transformation research that is being conducted on an ongoing basis within LHH Penna and addressed such areas as the gap itself, the attitudes and perceptions towards the issue in the workplace and the traits and behaviours of women who have excelled and reached senior roles within business.
Following Orla’s presentation, a Q&A took place with panelists Anne Jessopp, CEO at the Royal Mint (the first female CEO in the organisations 1100 year history), Phil Bushy, Director of People and OD at Public Health Wales and Salina Sage, Head of HR at Tenneco Automotive.
Questions from the audience focused on such areas as mentoring, imposter syndrome, and personal drive to name but a few.
A fascinating evening was had by all, with great insights, informative debate and superb participation.