The rise of the #metoo movement and ongoing debate about gender inequality in the workplace has put women’s leadership firmly in the headlines. Those are two good reasons why we’ve devoted a whole issue of our Observe magazine to explore the subject. But not the only ones.

It’s guest-edited by no-less a leader as Julia Gillard, former PM of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.

You’ll find that while OBSERVE 16 is primarily about women, it’s not only for women. Far from it. Gender equality affects everyone and can benefit every person and every business.


Breaking barriers, pushing forward

In this issue, we ask how diversity can drive the bottom line, and the ways men can help women rise and shine in the workplace. We look at why promoting women without taking account of employees’ multiple identities can only take us so far. We also step into the boardroom and explore ideas on how best to balance it more equally. Plus, there’s plenty of inspiration on a host of topics from a range of women who are breaking barriers and pushing women forward across the globe.

Of course, at Odgers Berndtson, diversity is so often at the heart of our business of finding the right person for the right job at the right time. Our ‘unlimited’ approach seeks to uncover the best talent with no pre-determined limits on who that should be. We explain what that means in practice.

We hope you’ll find OBSERVE 16 a truly rewarding read. Please join in the conversation on our social media channels about a topic that affects everyone, especially as we celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March.

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Áine Hurley

Áine Hurley is a senior member of the Board Practice in the London office, where she also leads the HR Practice. Her team is responsible for recruiting HR Directors as well as experts in Talent, Re...



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