Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

In the news - Tackling the UK's 'diversity deficit' in the boardroom

Academia is far from alone in the battle for greater diversity in the workforce - business boardrooms and sport are also overwhelmingly white and male. So what tactics are having an impact in these high pressure environments?

"When I was growing up my career adviser gave me two options - a nurse and a teacher," says 43-year-old Karen Blackett.
Ms Blackett, who is now the UK chief executive of global media agency MediaCom, last month became the first businesswoman to top the Powerlist 100, which champions the most influential black people in Britain.
Today she is one of the few exceptions to the current lack of ethnic diversity in British boardrooms.
She manages £1.2bn ($1.8bn) of advertising spending for companies like Procter and Gamble, Shell, Universal, RBS and Volkswagen for MediaCom, and earlier this year she was awarded the OBE.

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