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GTWN collaborates with European Business Schools and European Commission

Group hails European Commission Vice President Reding’s call to shatter Glass Ceiling in Europe’s Board Rooms and improve corporate governance for 21st Century Europe   07 March 2012:  The European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative has published a first list of more than 3500 board-ready women to bring Europe into the 21st Century and support European Commission Vice President Reding’s initiative to shatter the glass ceiling for women in Europe’s publicly listed corporation’s board rooms. The list includes individual profiles of 150 senior executive women who are publicly supporting Commissioner Reding’s initiative as well as European Business Schools who have culled their alumnae, faculty, and Board members to identify more than 3500 “board ready” women. The group has also published five sets of criteria for board membership.  These criteria were used as guidelines for the selection of the individual women and by the business schools for their selection of board ready women (see below). The group includes Business Schools such as IESE (ES), EDHEC (F), INSEAD (F), Cambridge Judge Business School (UK), IMD (CH) , RSM (NL), Boston University Leadership Institute(BE),  ESMT (D) and the business school association EFMD (European Foundation of Management Development) as well as professional organizations such as the GTWN (Global Telecom Women’s Network), WiTT (Women in Telecoms and Technology), WoB  (Women on Boards), the FT Non-Executive Director’s Club, EPWN (European Professsional Women’s Network), IFA (Institut Francais des Administrateurs),  TIAW (The International Alliance for Women). Lady Barbara Judge, Bridget Cosgrave, Sherry Coutu, Claire Enders, Janice Hughes, [...]


GTWN co-authors “Call to Action” with European Business Schools and European Commission

INTRODUCTION European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding furthered her initiative to obtain more gender balance in European boardrooms by joining together with Europe’s leading business schools and the female board members within their eco-systems to support their launch of a “Call to Action” to shatter the glass ceilings impeding senior women executives from acceding to corporate boardroom seats throughout Europe. BUSINESS SCHOOLS HOLD ONE OF THE KEYS Business schools hold one of the keys to obtaining more women in the corporate boardrooms of Europe over time and this because of three reasons: ■As a question of ethics and performance, business schools should promote and advocate the diversity of leadership of which female leadership makes an integral part ■Business schools form one of the key sources of the development of new future talent. They develop our future (male and female) leaders ■Business schools have a unique access to both our female leadership and to the corporate and academic world and can act as an ‘intermediary’ and catalyst Business schools have an important role to actively promote female leadership and to build awareness in the corporate world. They are one of the starting points of female executive talent development. CALL TO ACTION The following “Call to Action” identifies specific actions for business schools to take and/or which are already being taken to promote current senior female leadership in Europe in the corporate world and at the same time ensure that the pipeline of female talent is filled. The initiatives below are a [...]


International Girls in ICT Day

PRESS RELEASE April 26, 2012 The Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN) launches STAR 1 to enable girls and young women to use computer technology to better their lives. First partners are the Raspberry Pi Foundation, International Education Association, Aramex and Ruwwad for Development Founder Fadi Ghandour, and Wireless Wings 26 April, International Girls in ICT Day: The GTWN, a senior executive network dedicated to the “Changing Culture of Communications…from Generation to Generation” announced today that they have launched STAR 1 -- a public/private partnership designed to help girls use computer technology to better their lives. The STAR 1 project is a comprehensive program delivering a full scalable and replicable package consisting of affordable computers for children, a train-the-trainer ICT education program for computer programming, and a private/public-funding model. For the hardware/operating system component, the GTWN is partnering with the Raspberry Pi Foundation(http://www.raspberrypi.org/about), a Cambridge UK-based charitable foundation making inexpensive computers the size of a deck of playing cards for education and developing-world applications. The Raspberry Pi Foundation released their first $25 USD computers for global sale in February, and sold out in minutes. The GTWN is also working with IEA, The International Education Association (http://iea.org.lb/), a non-profit group committed to global partnerships in education based on the effective use of Information Communication Technology in and out of the classroom. IEA has successfully implemented programs for the United Nations Development Program and Cisco, among others throughout the world. Funding, logistics and in-kind funding is being provided by the GTWN themselves [...]

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