Women still blocked from top jobs and board seats

first_img Comments are closed. Female managers still face a glass ceiling when trying to secure seniorpositions in the profit generating divisions of businesses. An International Labour Organisation report released last week shows thatwhile the gender gap has closed significantly further down the career ladder,the number of women holding board positions remains at 5 per cent or less. Female managers are only likely to hold senior positions in sectors that arenot directly involved in profit or loss making activities, which prevents themfrom securing seats on the board. Half of all female managers in the UK are likely to be in HR, claims theresearch, which pulled together statistics from 41 countries. Four out of 10female managers are in actuarial, insurance and pension divisions, with 38 percent working in marketing. Women have the best chance of career progression in the public sector, with9 per cent reaching the top three management tiers in the Civil Service and 8per cent becoming chief executives in local government. The UK has the fifth lowest percentage of female senior managers in theworld, at 3.6 per cent. Australia has the lowest at just over 1 per cent. Susan Anderson, the CBI’s director of HR, said, “More and more womenare in managerial roles and are making their presence felt in the boardroom. “Almost a quarter of managers today are women, compared with 8 per cent10 years ago. “But business cannot afford to be complacent and more needs to be doneto ensure women have access to the top jobs. “The most productive way of tackling this is through encouraging thespread of flexible working practices and improving access to good quality,affordable childcare.” www.ilo.orgBy Paul Nelson Women still blocked from top jobs and board seatsOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Press release: Minister for Asia & the Pacific Mark Field visits Indonesia

first_img As a fast-growing, vibrant economy, Indonesia remains a key partner for the UK. My visit provides an opportunity to explore ways to strengthen our cooperation in education and security, and to discuss other global issues including the post-Brexit UK-ASEAN relationship. For journalists Email [email protected] Media enquiries Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister of State Mark Field is visiting Indonesia today (14 August) on a programme that includes bilateral meetings and a keynote speech on the UK’s ‘All of Asia’ policy at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies.While in Jakarta, the Minister will be meeting government representatives including Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and incoming Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil. Mr Field will also visit the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat for talks with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi.Discussions will cover bilateral relations, broader regional and global issues, and the UK’s relationship with ASEAN and its members after the UK leaves the EU. Mr Field will also travel to Bali to open the new British Consulate, which provides an important service to British people on the island.Commenting on his visit, Minister Field said: The Minister’s visit to Indonesia is the first stop in a 6-country visit across the Southeast Asia region.Further information Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedInlast_img read more

Speech: Presidency of Maduro no longer rests on democratic foundations

first_imgMr President,Thank you for convening this meeting.There are probably only a few moments in history when a country’s rate of inflation has to be measured in millions of percent. But in the case of Venezuela, this is such a moment. And beneath that stark statistic rests a scene of total economic collapse, and with it, a comprehensive picture of human misery and degradation from which only the corrupt Venezuelan elite are able to escape.People are starving, children are malnourished, essential items are absent from the bare shelves of bankrupt stores. And from this wretchedness, millions have fled to seek refuge in neighbouring countries where they have been rescued by an outpouring of human generosity.This inexcusable and wholly avoidable wasteland, Mr President, is entirely the creation of one man and his cronies.The ranting socialism of Nicolas Maduro has destroyed an entire country and despite his self-congratulatory moral posturing, his enduring legacy will be to have made the poor, not just poorer, but destitute.And it is our concern for the plight of Venezuela and the country’s people that motivates us here today, not the sentiments of anything that can possibly be described as colonial. How indeed can any self-respecting government possibly justify supporting the poisonous regime of the nation-destroying Mr Maduro?But, in addition to holding the opinion we do because of our concern for the people of Venezuela, this United Nations and we the Security Council are also here to resolve the world’s worst sins. And to do so we must all uphold the rule of law which we firmly believe should govern the affairs of all.And that rule of law has collapsed in Venezuela. Worse, it has been continuously eroded, undermined and eradicated by the dictatorial abuses of Nicolas Maduro.Hand in hand with economic devastation, caused by this man, has come the parallel removal of liberty, justice and freedom.We have seen the theft from the Venezuelan people of its very democracy. Maduro has attempted to delegitimise the National Assembly; he has created the artificial and illegitimate Constituent Assembly; and he has ruthlessly put an end to free and fair elections by stuffing ballot boxes and corrupting democratic decision.The political opposition has been suppressed and intimidated, its leaders have fled or been imprisoned, and we will never forget that the opposition activist Fernando Alban, mentioned just now by Secretary Pompeo, was detained and then found dead beneath the windows of the National Intelligence facility.The world can now see that the Presidency of Nicolas Maduro no longer rests on democratic foundations – the Presidency of Nicolas Maduro is not legitimate.We the UK unreservedly praise and support the extraordinary courage of Juan Guaidó in his stand against Maduro’s fraud, corruption and undemocratic status. We applaud Juan Guaidó’s decision to assert the legitimate authority of the National Assembly.Mr President, it is therefore right that we should now respond robustly to the courageous steps taken by the Venezuelan people and the political opposition by bringing this critical issue here to the Security Council. Council members must recognise their responsibility to ensure that the UN uses its leadership to help achieve positive change in Venezuela. Our efforts must now focus on finding a way out of the crisis that has devastated the country.Mr President, let me make our position clear.The UK stands with the EU in demanding urgent, free and fair elections at the earliest opportunity and in calling for a legitimate government to be established.We stand with the Organisation of American States and we stand with the Lima Group, whose members last September referred the Venezuelan Government to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Citing over 8000 extrajudicial executions, 12,000 arbitrary arrests, and the detention of 13,000 political prisoners, they made history by making it the first ever case in which an entire state has been referred to the ICC.Mr President, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States in saying that the National Assembly and its President, Mr Juan Guaidó, are best placed to lead Venezuela to the restoration of its democracy, its economy and its freedom.Therefore we believe that Juan Guaidó is the right man to take Venezuela forward and we will recognise him as constitutional interim President if new elections are not announced within 8 days.We should today all stand together against the tyranny of Nicolas Maduro and in support of legitimate democratic forces in Venezuela. Venezuela can and must recover from the depths of its current despair. To do so it needs an end to tyranny, an end to corruption, and an urgent return to freedom, democracy and the rule of law.This Security Council must make its view clear and we must urgently help pave the way to a brighter future for the Venezuela which Maduro has so culpably ruined.Thank you.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Rock Montana For The First Time In Over 10 Years

first_imgAfter a face melting three night run at Red Rocks, The String Cheese Incident packed it up and headed North to visit the Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula, MT for a two night stand. The shows marked SCI’s first visit to Missoula since 2002, and the first visit to the state of Montana since a performance in Bozeman back in 2005. Needless to say, the mountainous state was ready to get their Cheese on.The show opened up with the title track from their 2014 release, “Song In My Head,” before bringing out new song “Get Tight.” The band then dipped into some classics with “MLT,” “Barstool” and more, giving fans a taste of both new and old Cheese throughout the set. The “Boo Boo’s Pikinik” really got things going in the second set, and covers of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” and the traditional “I Know You Rider” in the encore were great choices for an awesome night of music.Check out a snippet of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody),” below. Full setlist can be seen below, courtesy of Friends of Cheese.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Big Sky Brewing Company, Missoula, MT – 7/20/16Set 1: Song In My Head, Get Tight, MLT, Barstool, White Freightliner, Bigger Isn’t Better> Can’t Wait Another Day> Hi Ho No ShowSet 2: Search, Sometimes a River, Looking Glass> Boo Boo’s Pikinik, Rhythm of the Road> This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), RolloverEncore: I Know You Rider[Cover photo via Big Sky Brewing Co Instagram]——Enter To Win Tickets To String Cheese Incident At Kings Theatre:last_img read more

A new office, a global audience

first_imgAppointed as the vice provost for advances in learning at Harvard last September, Peter Bol is responsible for HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, and a new collaborative educational research group — in addition to serving as the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Bol also taught ChinaX, a massive open online course (MOOC) through HarvardX, with William Kirby, T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies. Coinciding with the Online Learning Summit, hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard this week, the Gazette interviewed Bol about his recent appointment, and the challenges and risks that lie ahead in the era of online learning. GAZETTE: What can you tell us about the mission of your office?BOL: I bring together three different areas. First is the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, which has been concerned with pedagogy directed at advances in teaching and learning across the University. Next is HarvardX, founded two years ago to create open online learning content made accessible to the world through platforms like edX, for which Harvard and MIT made the initial investment. Then there’s a group devoted to research on teaching and learning in the online learning space, and I think we’ll see an increase in attention to residential teaching and learning as well. One of my goals is to ensure that what we do with HarvardX is also circulated through campus; that what we do in research not only improves the quality of our learning online, but also that the research on online learning and teaching can benefit the residential community here at Harvard, and build pedagogy across the schools.GAZETTE: What challenges and risks do you see in this field?BOL: A lot of research is done on teaching and learning, and it’s hard to make a connection between that and practice. Faculty are hired because they advance the research mission of the University. But they are also teachers, and they want to learn more about effective teaching, just as students are interested in effective learning. We have to work on that: What are our best practices, what are our strategies, what methods can be adopted? None of this is easy. When it comes to online learning, we know it involves a tremendous commitment of faculty time to create online courses, and we need to find a way for faculty who are really interested in making something smaller — drill sections for students to practice, for example — and I want to be able to encourage that. But one of the questions you can ask is, what is the incentive for faculty to teach in new ways, and HarvardX has played an interesting role in that. We’ve had more than 70 faculty members participate in HarvardX to date. From what I’ve heard from faculty, it’s been a very transformative experience.GAZETTE: The Third Online Learning Summit is coming up this week — what are your expectations for that event?BOL: All elements of online learning will be discussed, from curriculum design to “gamification,” how we impact the residential community, the learner experience. More than 120 people from leading universities from around the world are attending this event to improve online teaching and learning. That global discussion will be a tremendous experience. Harvard has this wonderful Division of Continuing Education, which has been successfully offering online classes and academic credit for those courses for a long time. That situates Harvard very well to explore online learning in a wide variety of formats.GAZETTE: Does Harvard have a unique role to play in this field?BOL: We’re unique in that we probably have the most diverse and highest-quality collection of open online courses of any university. We are truly representative of the whole University. Our courses cover the entire range of subjects taught at Harvard, including business, law, medicine, divinity, public health, humanities, science and engineering, and the social sciences. We’re making great efforts in it. We have 54 courses at the moment, with new ones opening up every month.GAZETTE: What do you feel are the impacts of MOOCs on campus, as far as learning technologies?BOL: The materials used for MOOCs can certainly be used in on-campus classes as well.In fact, some faculty members are using what’s called the “flipped” classroom, in which lectures are recorded and provided online, and then the classroom session is used for discussion. It really moves away from the lecture, toward hybrid learning, where some learning is done online and some is done in person.GAZETTE: What are your thoughts on the recent research report on MOOC learners, conducted by Harvard and MIT?BOL: It showed we’ve expanded the total numbers of users and that we have increasing engagement with participants. One of the most interesting findings is that we’re serving a high percentage of learners who are post-B.A. and abroad — but they’re also younger, with many in their 20s and 30s. And many of those students, even those in their 20s, identify themselves as lifelong learners. Five percent of the learners have Ph.D.s, and 20 percent have master’s degrees. In February, we had 2.6 million registrations, and around a million people were actively involved in courses, which is amazing.From my perspective, what I find most interesting is we have a very high proportion of teachers — and they’ve told us that they’re using the course in their classes, assigning it to their own students. They’re taking advantage of our online learning, and creating hybrid learning of their own. If we’re helping to teach the teachers, of course, we’re reaching even more people than are actively involved in the courses, which is great. If one of our goals as a university is to advance knowledge through learning, then one of the things that HarvardX must represent is that leadership ought to be based on learning. If I could create a tagline for HarvardX, that would be it: leading through learning. This media we’re looking at now is extraordinarily effective in teaching, and our teaching is now going well beyond the walls of Harvard. We’re contributing to knowledge not only through our research and our teaching, but it’s helping make learners across the world more sophisticated, and stronger educators.GAZETTE: Your HarvardX course, ChinaX, recently released part 10 out of 10 learning modules. What thoughts do you have on that experience?BOL: It’s one of the most interesting experiences I’ve ever had in teaching. The learners became ever more engaged, and the numbers are really interesting: Across that course, 19,000 learners earned certifications, the highest certification attainment across HarvardX courses. It shows that if you have a well-done series of courses, you can build and hold an audience of learners for an extended amount of time — for 18 months, in fact. We had learners in 165 countries, with a majority from the U.S., China, the U.K., Canada, and Germany. Sixteen percent of our learners were from China, as opposed to 4 percent for all HarvardX courses. One of the things we did was to involve all our faculty who teach on China at the University. We brought them in, interviewed them, asked them about their work, articles they’d written. And that was something our learners really appreciated.GAZETTE: Do you have a response to MOOC-disruption books, such as “The End of College”?BOL: I don’t see it yet. Increasingly, across many universities, students expect that their courses will be available in online formats and in-person formats. As that increases, I expect it will happen here at Harvard as well. I don’t think that means people won’t go to school, but just that it will be available in different ways. This March, Harvard College accepted less than 2,000 students out of 37,000 applicants. Around 80 percent of HarvardX users define themselves as lifelong learners, and we’re getting a lot of people coming out of college who want to continue learning. It just makes perfect sense: We offer thousands of courses at Harvard, and students can take just 32 [before graduation]. I don’t see how we can go wrong helping more people get education. If you’re in the business of being an educator and a researcher, you definitely want the number of people learning to increase.last_img read more

Dade attorneys come to the aid of paralyzed clerk

first_img November 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Dade attorneys come to the aid of paralyzed clerk Dade attorneys come to the aid of paralyzed clerk Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Miami-Dade County Court Clerk Gemma Stafford has a talent for helping lawyers not take themselves so seriously. Her easy, fun-loving ways help people relax in tense trials.No matter what side of a case you are on, she has a nickname for most everyone.Coral Gables lawyer J. Frost Walker III, is “Frosty” or “Snow,” and he credits Stafford with “never letting a self-important bunch of lawyers suck the life out of the place.”Richard S. Banick, a lawyer at Fowler White, answers to the name “Chubby.”And when Alan Goldfarb wins a case, this feisty black woman tells the Jewish lawyer: “Not bad for a white boy.”For two dozen years at the courthouse in Miami, Stafford, known for her five-inch-long nails and designer cowboy boots, has gotten away with plenty of good-natured sassing.The lawyers and judges love her for livening up the place. In this downtown fortress, where details of injury and crime play out daily, they can use all the smiles they can get.So this summer, when tragedy struck 55-year-old Stafford, the lawyers and judges couldn’t forget her in her time of need.On the way to the courthouse from her Miramar home, on June 29, Stafford was cut off in traffic. Her Geo Tracker flipped three times and she landed in the hospital paralyzed from the waist down.In a spontaneous burst of good will, Goldfarb made it his mission to help out the popular court clerk. In a July letter to more than 4,300 lawyers in the Dade County Bar, Goldfarb wrote: “Needless to say, Gemma’s life is now forever changed and, as a result, she will have to adjust to a life of extraordinary challenges, not only today but for the rest of her life. Gemma is a dear friend to all who practice in the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, and the time has come to return the kindness she has always bestowed upon us.”As a personal injury lawyer, Goldfarb knows, “You can have the best insurance, and it doesn’t cover it.” He wants to buy her a specially equipped van, home improvements, and make sure her physical therapy stretches beyond the 24 visits her insurance covers. With $5,000, Goldfarb started a fund at City National Bank of Miami, and his colleagues have opened their wallets, too, for a total of more than $62,000 .Stafford and Goldfarb go back two dozen years. She was the young clerk blessed with a rollicking sense of humor who helped put the nervous lawyer with his first big trial at ease.Recently, she managed to make Goldfarb let out a big laugh when she compared the young lawyer she first met 24 years ago to the lawyer he is today: “Let’s just say you know how you get a drum and learn how to beat it? At first, he beat it a little soft. He beats a loud drum now.”Helping Stafford, Goldfarb said, is “a joy, a thrill, the high of my day.”Recently, while at a restaurant having lunch, a lawyer walked up and said, “I was crushed to hear about Gemma.” He reached in his wallet and handed Goldfarb six hundred dollar bills.The checks have come with heartfelt wishes.This letter to Stafford is from Walker aka “Frosty” or “Snow”: “I remember trying cases for AmeriFirst Federal when you were the clerk. The cases were monumentally important to me. Life and death seemed to hang in the balance. Now the people are dead and AmeriFirst is gone. I wonder how I could have been so crazy. The saving grace was your teasing good humor. You made an insecure young lawyer feel part of an exclusive club.”Family Law Administrative Judge Joel Brown penned a handwritten note: “Having known you for so many years, I find it very hard not to see your smiling face when I am in the courthouse. I pray that you will be able to return to all of us.”That’s just what Stafford — who is encouraged by a little movement in one leg — hopes, too. Even as her family takes care of her — with baths and massages and motion exercises for her legs and making sure she takes 10 medications a day—Stafford worries that her Senior Judge Herbert Stettin is “there all alone” and needs her. As Stettin told the Miami Herald, while he managed to get through his most recent cases without Stafford, “it wasn’t the same thing; it wasn’t as efficient; it wasn’t as fun.” The Gemma Stafford Account has been set up at City National Bank of Miami, 25 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130, Attn: Kim Putz.last_img read more

Are your employees proud of their workplace?

first_imgIn the effort to build a winning corporate culture, many organizations focus on things such as comprehensive benefit plans, competitive compensation packages, health and wellness programs, or other creative employee perks. While all of these are important, one critical element that often gets overlooked is the physical workplace.Momentum is wrapping up a comprehensive, year-long research project in collaboration with The Filene Institute and The Leesman Index, and it revealed some interesting insights about the role the workplace plays in employee engagement, satisfaction, retention and productivity. This research focused exclusively on Credit Union organizations, where we collected a data set of more than 1,300 respondents and analyzed it using The Leesman Index. The Credit Union data was then benchmarked against The Leesman Index’s global database of more than 600,000 participants. A few findings stood out to us when we compared the credit union data with data from the highest performing organizations in the world, those that have earned the Leesman+ ranking.Momentum will be publishing a full whitepaper that details this research project in the coming weeks, but a few findings immediately stood out to us. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Arsenal set to re-open talks with Sevilla over possible Ever Banega signing

first_imgBanega has played 65 times for Argentina during his career (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to re-open talks with La Liga side Sevilla over the potential signing of Ever Banega this summer, according to reports.The Gunners wanted looking to bring the midfielder to the club in January, but were restricted with what they could offer due to a shortage of funds.According to The Mirror, Arsenal are still exploring the possibility of signing the Argentina international this summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnai Emery is a known admirer of Banega’s talents having coached him at Sevilla between 2014 and 2016, as well as a four-year stint at Valencia.ADVERTISEMENTThe Spanish manager signed Banega for Sevilla from Valencia back in 2014, and he now wants to bring the 30-year-old to help solidify his Arsenal midfield in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe pair won the Europa League together twice at Sevilla before Emery left the club for Paris-Saint Germain.It remains to be seen how much will be required to prize Banega to the Emirates, but it is reported he has a £17 million buy-out clause in his existing contract.Arsenal’s next fixture is against Southampton in the Premier League on February 24.MORE: Arsenal approach Overmars to replace MislintatWill Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 Feb 2019 5:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link363Shares Arsenal set to re-open talks with Sevilla over possible Ever Banega signingcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Martin Keown slams Unai Emery for three decisions during Arsenal’s shock defeat to Rennes

first_imgMartin Keown slams Unai Emery for three decisions during Arsenal’s shock defeat to Rennes Advertisement Rennes will take a 3-1 lead into the second leg (Picture: Getty)‘There was several decisions for the manager to make and he got them all wrong really.‘Aubameyang going off… He would have been perfect on the counter, Iwobi had more to offer before going off.‘Mkhitaryan playing at right back [after Sokratis was sent off]… he was completely opened up. But congratulations to Rennes, they deserved that.’Premier League legend Michael Owen added: ‘It all went wrong in 60 seconds.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘They were comfortable until the red card and the goal. That last goal is a real killer.’On Aubameyang’s performance, Owen added: ‘It’s always hard when you go down to ten men.‘You’re always going to be starved of the ball. I was a little surprised he cam off. You need pace in those situations.’MORE: 10-man Arsenal suffer humiliating 3-1 defeat to Rennes Unai Emery’s Arsenal were beaten by Rennes (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown criticised Unai Emery for three decisions during Arsenal’s shock defeat to Rennes in the Europa League.The Gunners were expected to comfortably progress to the quarter-finals of the competition after being drawn against Ligue 1 side Rennes in the last-16.But a 3-1 defeat away from home has put the Premier League side firmly on the back foot ahead of next week’s second leg at the Emirates.Alex Iwobi put Arsenal in front after only three minutes this evening but Sokratis’ first-half sending off turned the game on its head.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Greek defender was dismissed after two yellow card offences, the second of which led to Rennes opener as Benjamin Bourigeaud scored from the subsequent free-kick.AdvertisementAdvertisementAn own goal from Nacho Monreal and a late Ismaila Sarr header saw Rennes clinch an impressive 3-1 victory.Speaking immediately after the defeat, Arsenal legend Martin Keown criticised Emery’s decisions to take off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi and said Henrikh Mkhitaryan was exposed at right back.He told BT Sport: ‘Total disappointment.‘Arsenal were ill-disciplined and that’s cost them. Sokratis being sent off changed the game. They were in complete control before that. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 8:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more