Reframing the debate: Shattering the mirrortocracy
Amongst the top executives of FTSE 100 companies, there are more men named John (or Jean!) than there are women. Research earlier this year also found that for every woman in a chief executive role in the S&P 1500 firms, there are four men named John, Robert, James and William.
Now that 60% of global university graduates are women, it’s time to reframe the gender debate – the conversation must shift from ‘why’ to ‘how’.
Diversity at Sibos is a new stream for Sibos 2015 Singapore. We will analyse how financial services companies can create, and sustain, a diverse talent pipeline to avoid creating ‘mirrortocracies.’
As part of this stream, we are pleased to announce a special initiative that has been organised in partnership with Barclays and the Singapore Committee for UN Women.
We are inviting the world’s thought leaders, including the contrarians, to join us for a provocative session on gender targets.
A panel of senior figures from the financial industry will explore the impact of quotas in improving the balance of corporate boards. Are quotas simply a blunt instrument, rather than a sharp tool that cuts to the heart of the issue? In which countries have they succeeded, and where have they failed? What other conditions are required to ensure success?
The panel will question how we can build affirmative action without giving a perception of bias. It’s not just about the numbers – how do you change the mindset?
Following this searching discussion, you will have a chance to network with your global peers, compare experiences and examine what has worked in your ecosystem, and what needs to change.