Women are under-represented at senior executive level in UK companies. Meanwhile, the aspirations and expectations of men and women are converging and organisations that cling to outdated notions of breadwinners versus carers run the risk of losing their future leaders to rival companies with more progressive policies.
Research shows that more diverse companies often perform better, yet the top management ranks remain bastions of sameness. Forward-looking businesses are working to increase career flexibility, address the leaking employee pipeline and tackle unconscious bias. As a result, change is coming to business leadership – but too slowly, and even among those companies getting it right momentum can prove hard to maintain.
The Financial Times Women at the Top summit aims to advance the debate and give new impetus to the movement, drawing on the day’s discussions to lay out ways for participants to change their organisations. Through practical examples, insight from business leaders and interactive dialogue we will address the hurdles companies face as they seek to develop their most talented leaders, regardless of gender.
To open up the summit to your business's future leaders, CEOs and business heads are encouraged to bring a 'Rising Star', male or female, as their complimentary guest.