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2018 - the Year of Women on Boards

Breaking down barriers to the boardroom on International Women’s Day with the Women’s Directorship Programme #PressforProgress

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, and as the gender diversity movement gathers momentum around the world, we are challenging the myth surrounding a lack of senior female talent. In partnership with The University of Hong Kong, HKU Business School, we run the Women’s Directorship Programme and 2018 is the sixth year of this world-leading board governance programme exclusively for board-level female executives.

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the advancement of women. The representation of women at the board and senior leadership levels is one of the greatest indicators of positive change and we are committed to driving that change forward. After five years of hosting the Women's Directorship Programme we have seen the true extent of the exceptional female talent available - there are no excuses, every board should include female representation so that half of the world’s talent isn't overlooked. By empowering female leaders to gain the confidence and skills needed to secure board positions, and by opening up access to board level networks, the Women's Directorship Programme demonstrates our commitment to altering the representation of women in leadership roles across the world.

Covering two three-day sessions in May and September 2018, the programme is designed to unlock the full potential of the international female executive talent pipeline and equip participants with the knowledge and insights needed to add the most value to a board.

Now in its sixth year, we are delighted to share that the Women's Directorship Programme has already demonstrated a lasting impact, with more than forty per cent of the programme's alumni having since gained their first boardroom position or seat on the Ex-Com of their existing firms. The programme is also supported by senior business leaders, including Donald Brydon, Chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Rick Haythornthwaite, Chairman of Centrica and MasterCard and Raymond Ch'ien, Chairman of Hang Seng Bank, and a distinguished alumni network.

The 2018 Women's Directorship Programme includes six modules, taught over two three-day sessions (May 24-26 and September 13-15, 2018):

  • Role and Responsibilities of the Board, Audit and Remuneration Essentials

  • Strategic Leadership and Networks

  • Persuasive Communication and Conflict Resolution

  • Stock Exchange Rules and Market Regulations

  • Ethics and Compliance

  • Board Simulation - led by Donald Brydon, Chairman of the London Stock Exchange and Sage Group

For more information or to register for a place on the programme, please visit the new website

Join us on the mission to #PressforProgress.

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