Today is an exciting day.
Today is International Womens’ Day.
Today is also the day that we launch a brand new role model list. In partnership with the Financial Times, we are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the FT and HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists.
So what’s HERoes?
HERoes is OUTstanding’s latest diversity initiative. We’ve seen the positive impact that our work has had on the LGBT+ and ethnic minority communities, so we’re now expanding our focus to encompass gender diversity too. We hear a lot of talk about the progress that has been made with gender equality in business. But with women still earning 18% less than their male colleagues and men being 40% more likely than women to be promoted into senior management roles, there’s clearly still lots of work to be done. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to succeed, and have their success recognised. So we want to celebrate those who are leading the charge.
And what are these lists?
The FT and HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists are something very special, and they’re a bit different to your average ‘power list’. We’re celebrating not just those who have achieved significant success in their own careers, but also those – both men and women – who have helped drive the female talent pipeline, elevating others during their rise through the ranks. The lists will be published in the Financial Times at the end of September, coinciding with the FT Women at the Top conference.
Who decides who gets to be on the list?
Now this is where I get really excited. We have an INCREDIBLE panel of judges who will be deciding on the final role model lists. Helena Morrissey, founder of 30% club and all round role model extraordinaire will be joining me, Carola Hoyos, Financial Times, Mellody Hobson, CEO Ariel Investments & Chair, DreamWorks and Mark Wilson, Group CEO, Aviva. There are still a few judging panel spaces we’re in the process of finalising, so watch this space for more announcements coming soon. I’m thrilled to have such powerful, high profile names on board and I can’t wait to spend some time with these inspiring leaders.
Know any HERoes?
So there you have it. We’ve got a really good feeling that the FT and HERoes lists are going to be huge. And we can’t wait.
Do you know any inspiring business leaders who are creating opportunities for women to succeed? If so, why don’t you nominate them? You can find full details on our website.