Celebrating Executive Women 

On 15th March 2018 one hundred women gathered at the House of Lords for the 6th Clive Lewis Women in Leadership lunch. The recent focus on the passing of 100 years since women were given the right to vote made it a fitting year to have one hundred Executive Women attend the event. The annual lunch was started by Clive Lewis OBE DL, Chief Executive of Globis Mediation Group in 2012. It was launched to create a platform for female executives in response to the Davies Review which was first introduced in 2010 to examine the under representation of women on Boards.

The invitation only event brings together some of the UK’s most influential business women. At the beginning of 2010 it was clear that increasing the number of women on Boards would be no ordinary journey when only 135 women (12.5%) sat in FTSE 100 Company Board positions at that time. However, it is impressive to have seen such a significant culture shift in all organisations over the past 8 years, with more women on Boards (26%) and in senior executive positions than ever before. Whilst the Davies Review has been specifically about FTSE businesses, attendees come from all sectors,  with the majority being HR directors and Chief Executives. During the lunch, Mr Lewis updated the group on a number of progress areas for women in leadership and two guest speakers gave insights into their experiences of leadership within a variety of roles. 

A series of initiatives were highlighted as being necessary during the event. These included a female executive Coaching provision and a new Development programme for current and aspiring female executives. 

The Women in Leadership Lunch is making a major contribution to the continuing debate to ensure that the positive momentum for women in executive positions is sustained.

Helen Robinson2017