#Equalpayday – can more be done?

Equal Pay Day which highlights the disparity in pay between men and women. Today represents the time in the year when women will effectively stop earning, in comparison to their male counterparts. Among many digital and in person campaigns, staff at the popular Stylist Magazine will be leaving work 18% earlier, which according to their …

Diversity is no longer a ‘soft’ issue

Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero Group, was recently named as one of 2016’s Leading 100 LGBT Executives by OUTstanding, an award supported by the FT. To mark the occasion Iain writes for Influence on how diversity has moved up the corporate agenda. The diversity and inclusion agenda has been around for a while and organisations …

Gender Pay and the ever increasing gap – is this it for parity?

Gender pay, publication and going beyond the numbers On Wednesday 12th October 2016 leading figures in business, academia and the third sector gathered to discuss the gender pay gap, the reasons this disparity exists, and the recent Government publication legislation due to come into force in April 2017. According to a recent McKinsey report, closing …

It’s not fair! An ethical guide to the new CIPR Diploma

By Heather Yaxley A guiding principle of new CIPR Professional PR Diploma is to enable public relations practitioners to examine their moral and ethical responsibilities. This is not simply a matter of signing up to a code of conduct or learning a set of ‘best practice’ rules. It’s not just about studying various theoretical models …

Are the UK’s female PR leaders walking a fine tightrope?

Or do they have just the right balance of competence and warmth to succeed? By Claire Cunningham In hindsight…  “If only I had known then what I know now”, a worldly and successful relative said to me as she gave my 11-year-old self some career advice. “I’d do it all over again differently.” Now, I find …

Diversity 2.0: In The Year 2020

This month sees the annual PRSA Diversity Month. A concerted nationwide campaign to inform the PR profession in the US of the issues and the progress on the subject of Diversity in PR. A pursuit that I thought everyone would supportive. But last year while working for the Diversity Working Group, I heard a phrase …

Social Capital in action – 2 men strolling for peace and understanding

A wonderful real world social experiment shows the power of Social Capital in action. Two men are filmed walking through different neighbourhoods. Nothing unusual about that – except one is clearly an Arab Muslim, the other patently a Jew. Their journey creates different responses. From the majority there’s initial astonishment and bemusement – a psychological …

When women are just numbers

On Thursday last week Politico published an article related to the European Commission’s potential freeze on hiring men if more women don’t get top jobs. Currently, less than a third of the Commission’s Heads of Unit are female and, while many would hail the announcement as a step forward in reducing the gap between men in …

All-female boardroom: ‘Not all about gender’

When a client pointed out that Oracle Group’s founder and group managing director, Caroline Coskry, had elected an all-female board of directors it was the first time that she had considered the gender balance in the boardroom. Here Coskry discusses why it should not always be about gender. When I first started out in the world …

What people want in a leader

The leadership race in the UK is changing by the hour. Our political parties are in turmoil and you cannot predict what will happen next. So it’s timely to see the release of new international research across five continents, which reveals “feminine, title-less and diverse leaders” are the most successful. If you’re studying communication, want to …