Pictured with Vice-President Academic and Registrar Professor Paul McCutcheon are some of the key speakers at the UL International Women's Day Conference which took place in UL on 10th March , from left, Dr Briga Hynes , Mamo McDonald, Catherine McGeachy, Professor Susan Vinnicombe, Emily O'Reilly and Finola Early
University of Limerick gathers Leading Gender Studies Academics for International Women's Day Conference 'Women and Leadership'
Participants learn that only 5 of the FTSE 100 Board CEOs are Women
The Women's Forum at the University of Limerick today hosted an International Women's Day Conference bringing together Gender and Women's Studies academics and teachers from across Ireland and the UK. One of the key note speakers was Susan Vinnicombe OBE, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Diversity Management, Cranfield School of Management, who presented her findings of recent research into the gender diversity on the boards of the FTSE 100 companies.
Professor Vinnicombe's research, which has recently been presented to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, has found that:
- Although there has been an increase in the number of women holding key positions in FTSE 100 companies - only five CEOs and two Chairmen are female.
- Of the 135 new appointees to FTSE 100 boards in 2010 only 18 went to women
18% of senior managers at FTSE 100 companies are women; 30% of managers are women and 30 - 60% of graduate entry is female.
- Companies with women on the board perform better financially (ROE) and have better corporate governance.
Other speakers at the day long event included, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, Emily O'Reilly; Professor Marie Parker Jenkins, Professor of Education University of Limerick; Finola Early, Director of Student Programmes, Operation Smile; Mamo McDonald, Honorary President of Age & Opportunity and Dr. Briga Hynes, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Limerick.
Speaking from the conference Dr. Ita Richardson, Chairperson of the UL Women's Forum said that UL is committed to bringing gender inequality in leadership issues to the fore. "There are now seven women Professors at UL constituting 20% of all those at that level in the University whereas the national average of female professors in Irish Universities stands at only about 10%.The International Women's Day provides an ideal opportunity for the campus wide community to come together to celebrate, network and acknowledge the achievements and diversity of women's lives. Three workshops organised by the Administrative Career Development Working Group of the Women's Forum will run in parallel to the conference."