International Women’s Day 2021 – what did Consulting firms do?
There should always be time to celebrate women, but this year’s International Women’s Day allowed many companies to showcase how they are promoting, empowering, and addressing the needs of females in the Consulting sector. With #choosetochallenge trending across social media, what did Consultancy firms do and how are they contributing to the success of women in what is a traditionally male-dominated industry?
Several firms chose to celebrate the work of women globally. For example, Kearney held an International Women’s Day Forum where they hosted an ambitious 11-hour program, bringing together 12 different cities including London, Johannesburg, and Paris. Whilst at GEP (a company founded by Women) they continued to promote their let equality bloom campaign through a Case Competition aimed at Women.
PwC hosted a Let’s talk about Women in Business event, where there was an opportunity to learn more about the importance of gender equality and to meet some of their inspirational female employees. Meanwhile Elixirr questioned, Why are there so few women in the Consulting industry? in their #choosetochallenge series which looked at the experience of women at different stages of their careers.
Outside of Consulting, several companies hosted standout virtual events. This included Ab InBev’s Women in Breweries panel discussion, Morgan Stanley’s International Women’s Day – Quant Finance insight event and Google Celebrates International Women’s Day. Imperial College Business School should also be commended for some excellent sessions. There are two I would like to highlight which were both inspirational and thought provoking. The first was a collaboration between the Business School’s Africa Business Club, Imperial College Women in Business Society and Imperial MBA Women. They hosted the Life and Times of Yvette Stevens: Breaking Barriers as a Woman. Yvette is an Imperial alumni and Sierra Leone’s first female engineer. Secondly an event organised by the Student Experience Team who interviewed Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox in a Let’s talk about Resilience session as part of their The Business of Being Human speaker series.
It has been great to see Consulting companies taking on #choosetochallenge headfirst and actively creating and encouraging women in the sector. Hopefully, International Women’s Day will continue to be a year-round catalyst for change.
Bosede Ogunleye, Employer Relations Manager - Consulting Sector