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Welcome to another year and another newsletter from Parental Choice. This month we are looking at Women in the Boardroom; whether you have aspirations to reach the top of the ladder or disagree with the concept of quotas, we hope that you find our writers' views interesting. We are always looking for new suggestions and topics so if there is anything that would like to know more about, please do email us at

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Diversity on Boards makes business sense” proves McKinsey 

Lisa Buckingham OBE FRSA, is the Senior Diversity Adviser at the Institute of Directors and is a strong supporter of women on boards not just from a gender point of view but also crucially from a strategic business stand as well. Parental Choice asked her for her views on women on boards. 

"Women in the boardroom has now moved firmly out of the touchy-feely world of Corporate Social Responsibility and has burst right onto centre stage of the business agenda.


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Women on Boards: Why does it matter?

Women on Boards (WOB UK) is an organisation that exists to help women make the right connections and choices to get to the boardroom.  A lot of people assume that now that women are graduating from universities at the same rate as men, the legacy of a patriarchal workplace where women were excluded from many roles and forced to retire on marriage, will resolve naturally over time. 

This assumption rests on the belief that people make it to the top of organisations based solely on ability and hard work, or “merit”.  However this is not borne out by the evidence ....

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Bumps and the Boardroom: Why Mothers make great Leaders?

The business case for more diversity in our Boardrooms, more Women on Boards and a more gender-balanced workplace with women at all levels is compelling. But many women, especially mothers, can be daunted by the perceived stresses and burden of managing a family and the increased workload a senior position may produce so Parental Choice asked Lisa Barnwell, founder of “Me & My Baby” clinic and Bumps and Boardroom why mothers make great leaders and should be using their talents in the boardroom ....

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