In the first of FRS’ series of 2015 breakfast seminars, Dr Louise Ashley presented the latest research on gender, diversity and inclusion within large professional service firms.
Important progress has been made in this area over the past fifteen years, and higher numbers of women are staying in the profession and making partner. However, the pace of change has slowed in recent years.
- With reference to recent academic studies, Dr Ashley discussed:
- Explanations for the change in pace
- Suggestions for methods by which change can be effected in future
- Benefits and drawbacks of the much cited ‘business case’ for change
- The contradictory role of clients with respect to gender and diversity
- The necessary balance between cultural change and structural interventions in driving change forward
We then had an active discussion involving our panel, which comprised Ruth Grant of Hogan Lovells and Kevan Skelton of Reed Smith, and our audience.
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