Do Diverse Teams Make Better Decisions?

The topic is diversity in London

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From HR Magazine

On 4 June, I addressed a diverse audience of business people at the London launch of The Two Percent Club – which addresses the imbalance of talent at the top of British companies – for which Ernst & Young was host and sponsor.

That we were debating the need to challenge the status quo of diversity in business just before the centenary of the death of Emily Davison, the pioneering suffragette who lost her life a few days after falling beneath the King’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby, wasn’t lost on me.

It caused me to reflect, as I have on numerous occasions, on how much has changed, but also on how far we still have to go on equal rights for all women globally, such as female representation in the workplace, particularly at senior levels, and equal pay.

I’m very passionate about the competitive case for diversity in business. It’s an issue close to my heart, not least because I have a young daughter and a young son whose futures are tied up in it. But also because I have a responsibility to ensure my own business and each person in it actively and positively effects change in the market and seeks to be a leader in doing so.

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