To mark the centenary of the end of the first World War, Pink Shoe members gathered to remember women at war.
Dr Mari Takayanagi completely enthralled us with a fascinating talk telling the stories of women in Parliament during the war.
Helene Martin Gee represented Pink Shoe for a debate hosted by Angelika Mlinar MEP and organised by the European Women’s Lobby and PwC. ‘Looking Backwards - Moving forwards: Women on Company Boards’
Looking back to the European Parliament 2013 ‘Women on Boards Directive’ the event considered what has been achieved and how to move forward in the future; discussing what type of policies are needed to ensure that women’s representation in leadership and management at the highest levels to drive businesses across Europe.
The European Commission proposal was intended to address under representation from women on company boards with the aim that a minimum of 40% of non-executive members on company boards should be filled by women by 2020 in the private sector and by 2018 in public-sector companies.
With the approaching end of the current European mandate and almost five years since the European Parliament vote, the expert panel assessed what has been achieved.
We heard that progress varies considerably across the EU, with some countries introducing legislative measures while others have self-regulated women’s representation in companies. For example, in the UK there has been good progress without the legislation of quotas, with the input of the 30% Club.
Pink Shoe Founder Helene Martin Gee joined Ambassador Jacqueline Winstanley to debate and discuss 'Opening up creative Spaces' with an impressive panel at St George's Hall, Liverpool.
An amazing day at the Telegraph ‘Women Mean Business’ Live with excellent panels discussing how to encourage and support more women to start-up and scale-up businesses.
Of course for Pink Shoe the highlight was a fireside chat between our very own Jill Pay with Julie Baker, the inspiring Head of Enterprise, Business Banking at NatWest.