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Boardwave Debate @Breakfast - The quest to embed true gender equity into business

What are Europe’s companies, investors and boards doing in the quest to embed true gender equity into business for the long-term? And how can we lay better foundations for future generations of female leaders? Sponsored By: Bain & Co

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Boardwave Debate @Breakfast - The quest to embed true gender equity into business
Boardwave Debate @Breakfast - The quest to embed true gender equity into business

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23 Mar 2023, 08:30 – 10:30 GMT

NoMad Restaurant, 28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AW

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About the event

Debate Leaders; Jayne Zecha (Partner, Bain & Company) and Kath Easthope (COO, Boardwave)

Sponsored by: Bain & Company

What To Expect At A Boardwave Breakfast?

The secret sauce to a really great networking breakfast, is the calibre people who are there to meet you, the quality of the discussion, which is interesting and thought provoking. And finally the dining experience, whether its at a cool venue, or michelin star restaurant. If you bring all these things together everyone has a great time, learns a little and meets new friends and colleagues.

Diversity in an industry that lacks diversity...

"I'm a failure if we don't back the next female-founded unicorn”

Steven Bartlett has again put his head above the parapet with the launch of this new £100m fund for European entrepreneurs.

The European technology sector needs the next generation of leaders to make these commitments, but there is still a lot of work to do to deliver a transformation in gender equity and ensure we move away from rhetoric and perceived tokenism.

Despite the evolving dialogue around gender equity, female founders secured just less than 2% of all VC investment in Europe. And despite extensive research showing better equity in a business leads to greater company success, female leaders remain under-represented in some of the largest and most advanced countries in Europe compared to the US where 25% of chief executives are women.

So what are Europe’s companies, investors and boards doing in the quest to embed true gender equity into business for the long-term? And how can we lay better foundations for future generations of female leaders? In this discussion in association with Bain & Company we’ll explore:

  • Which businesses and investors are getting it right and what can we learn?
  • What companies, investors and boards can do now if they are serious about delivering gender equity.
  • Whether the fund raising process needs to evolve and adapt to attract more women.
  • The role technology is playing in breaking down barriers and helping remove bias in recruitment for example.
  • How women can back women more and what men can do to break down barriers and change the dynamic.
  • How we can help women overcome the issues that are within their control but often hold them back, i.e. how can we reframe imposter syndrome and build confidence.
  • How we can inspire more girls to start and importantly stay in STEM, and what needs to change to engage a new generation of female leaders?

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