Female leadership: Understanding it, making it more efficient and looking at its current and future evolution
There are more women than men graduating from business school. Then why, most times, do we only find maybe one or two women sitting on a company’s executive board?
International HR manager George Brown addresses this question in his talk as he looks at what women in leadership means in 2020. What have been the trends in the last five years?
Brown zones in on the essential questions, such as what is preventing a woman from getting to a top management position, aside from managing double careers and motherhood? Are these obstacles on a corporate level, coming from a masculine environment or does it come from within on a feminine level?
COVID-19 is setting back progress for years, triggering an exodus of women from the workplace and amplifying inequities. According to a report from the US Labor Department, as the school year started, women quit their jobs at four times the rate of men. Women, who are typically the lower wage earner in a family, are bearing the brunt of parenting and running a household during a pandemic.
For those still in the workplace, Brown will offer some concrete advice on what women can do differently to get to the top. One has to do with making noise.
One reason men are more likely to make it to the top is because they are more visible and they make more noise. Women, on the other hand, think their work speaks for itself and they will be credited for it. But that’s not the case.
While Brown offers great tips for women, men stand to gain a new perspective on women in the workplace.
The presentation is in French. However, English questions are welcome during the Q&A.
George Brown hails from Ireland and has worked internationally in human resources. He was the European VP of HR at Cadbury (formerly Cadbury Schweppes) in the UK for three years. He was the HR director for Suez (now part of Engie) in Paris for eight years. He worked for Schlumberger and McDonald’s, where he worked 12 years as the VP of HR and European franchising.
For years, Brown fiddled with the idea of starting a business. He finally got around to it in 2010 as he launched GADT Consulting. Among the principle activities, GADT Consulting focuses on leadership, high potential managers and M&A assessing. Brown helps companies with their due diligence before making a major acquisition by making sure there is good cultural fit.
Brown has been a guest lecturer at Toulouse Business School to talk about leadership, corporate social responsibility and M&A. He is writing a book on management and leadership.