Tag Archives: female career advancement

Bringing talent back – O2’s story

14 September 2016 | 2 Comments

Over the summer we brought HR, D&I, talent and resourcing practitioners from organisations including Whitbread, EY, Accenture and Cap Gemini together to explore ways to uncover and bring back ‘hidden talent’. Thank you to Avanade & Accenture for hosting us and to O2 for sharing their story. O2 What and why a ‘hidden talent action tank’? O2 When Jessica Chivers wrote the book, Mothers Work! she discovered vast numbers of women were returning to jobs not commensurate with their skills and … Read More


Employers benefit by ‘talking flex’ when recruiting

8 October 2015 | 1 Comment

In this opinion post Jessica Chivers shares her views on the competitive advantage gained by employers who state upfront on job adverts and at interview that there’s scope to talk flexible working. “Should I mention that I’m really looking for four days a week rather than FT?” “Will I put them off if I ask about flexible working at interview?” “At what point in the hiring process is it best to ask about flexible options?” These questions, and variations of, … Read More


Men & Managers – Moving Towards Gender Parity (Conference Keynote)

7 July 2015 | 1 Comment

** Page updated 18/9/15 with new research from Cranfield University ** “I think we’ve been banging our heads against brick walls and talking about how to smash through glass ceilings for too long, and it sounds excruciating. If our question is “what is the most expedient and sustainable way of moving towards gender parity at all levels of our organisations?” I think two significant parts of the answer are men and line managers.” (Image © 2015 Coaching at Work). That … Read More


Talent Fueller – Melissa Geiger, KPMG

6 May 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Melissa Geiger, KPMG. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’ Melissa Geiger was the youngest female to make partner at KPMG age 32. Now 38 and with two young children she is committed to being a role-model to others and chairs the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW).  She was instrumental in pushing female career advancement … Read More


Talent Fueller – Alexandra de Zwart Haggard, Russell Investments

25 September 2013 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller Interview with Alexandra de Zwart Haggard, Russell Investments. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’  Bright, engaging and collaborative, we first met Alexandra de Zwart Haggard in the spring of 2013 in Russell Investment’s sun-filled London offices on Regent Street. Watching and listening to how she interacts with the colleagues who are in the meeting with us, … Read More


Shaking the gender agenda

27 August 2013 | 1 Comment

A talent-keeping comment piece by Jessica Chivers Long-term profitable businesses are, in theory, good places to seek best practice on many fronts; their profitability suggests they’re efficient and effective on everything from product design to marketing to recruitment and retention. And whether they’re viewed as such by employees or not, profitable businesses are scientific undertakings – observations are made, data is gathered, analyses undertaken and approaches across all business units and functions refined, axed or substituted according to whether they … Read More


Talent Keeper – Steve Lake, Carillion

28 June 2013 | Leave a comment

In a room of seventy or so bright, eager women, Steve Lake leapt out as the lone trouser suit at Carillion’s biannual ‘women in leadership career development day.’ It was a rare, topsy-turvy situation at this male heavy construction firm yet one I think he relished, which became apparent when he told me later how he’d come to be there. Steve was a welcome addition at the session we ran for the parents (and intending parents) focused on how to … Read More