In business, as in government, women occupy an ever-increasing number of senior posts. That said, they are still comparatively thin on the ground.
And it is arguable that the unspoken (and often unconscious) male directorial hegemony and with it the 'glass ceiling', though not as strong as they once were, are still very much in evidence.
Many companies admit that they lack senior female managers, but have little idea how best to redress the balance. Indeed, in the past, many women have opted to set up their own businesses rather than swim against the current in someone else's company. Looking ahead, the millennium signals an important new era for the female manager. What companies need to do is ensure that the opportunities are there.
The Women In Management conference, which is sponsored by Management Today, in association with Cranfield Business Women and Cranfield School of Management, will be held at the Church House, London on 1 July. The conference has been designed to look at issues facing female managers from both the individual and the organisational perspectives. It draws on sources ranging from individual experience and opinion to academic papers. Delegates will also hear from businesses which have implemented various strategies to increase the number of women at senior levels. Speakers include Barbara Mills QC, Janet Street-Porter, Professor Anne Sigismund Huff and Nicola Foulston, the 1996 Businesswoman of the Year.
Chaired by Mary Chapman, chief executive of Investors in People UK, the conference will be of particular interest to both women managers seeking to develop their potential and to human resource professionals who wish to improve their understanding of the difficulties female managers face.
For more information and to reserve your place, call Tania Cassell on 0171-413 4116.