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Renzi forces change at state companies

Some of Italy’s main corporate figures are out

Sense of gender lacking in MBA programmes

Men and women experience working life differently but schools tend to adhere to a male outlook

Raina Brands from the London Business School Photograph: Rosie Hallam
©Rosie Hallam

Men hold the upper hand in networking

Women are at a disadvantage at work

Ruth Sands

Women in business – Ruth Sacks, academic

The academic says ensuring there is a diverse group from which to draw expertise is important

Anne Richards

Anne Richards: from haggis and science to funds and finance

An early switch in career path has paid dividends for the chief investment officer at Aberdeen Asset Management

Georgetown MBA

MBA course focuses on women

US business school aims to help women succeed in the workplace

Cindy Schipani

Women in business – Cindy Schipani

The professor advises women to choose networks that will give them the skills that they need

Marie Chandoha

CEO says Charles Schwab delivers value

Marie Chandoha wants to encourage more women into industry

Veronica Chou in the sitting room of her Beijing penthouse
©Eric Powell

Material girl

Heiress Veronica Chou talks about her fashion business and her Beijing ‘courtyard house in the sky’

Female face of the crisis quits spotlight

Blythe Masters joined JPMorgan 27 years ago. Her story shows finance is entering a new era

Monica Kurnatowska with her husband Geoff and children Feliks
©Daniel Jones

Stay-at-home dads helping mums fly high

More fathers are braving spasms of insecurity to help women to emerge as breadwinners

Jo Malone’s Belgravia shop

Interview: How perfumer Jo Malone has risen above adversity

The entrepreneur talks about overcoming dyslexia and how her mother’s stroke and her own battle with cancer moulded her career

Woman in a boardroom

‘Men in skirts’ do not enhance diversity

Little will change in boardrooms until more women take up senior executive roles

Masters quits JPMorgan

One of Wall Street’s best known bankers resigns

Most women bullied or harassed at work

Study shows 64% of those aged 28-40 abused in past three years

Women in business – Maryanne Maina, MBA student

Women are a powerful force in the entrepreneurial world. Mentors and coaches can act as guides

Glencore out in cold over women on boards

Miner is only company without female director after Antofagasta move

Japan's Momoko Ueda tees off on the 18th during a practise round at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland, July 31, 2007. The tournament will take place August 2-5. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh. (BRITAIN) - RTR1SEQI

‘Home of Golf’ tees up women members

Members vote on ending St Andrews as a male preserve

More women on boards but men still at top

Target of 25% female FTSE 100 board members likely to be met

Debbie Jorgensen of Merrill Lynch

Could women make up personnel shortfall?

Shortage of 240,000 advisers predicted in next decade

Caroline Web

Women in business – Caroline Webb, management consultant

The management consultant aims to write a manifesto for realistic optimism about modern working life

Moya Greene
©Charlie Bibby

Stamp of authority: Moya Greene

Known as a tenacious corporate moderniser, the Royal Mail chief executive is bolstering her reputation at the newly privatised company

Female chief executive numbers increase

But study shows women’s share of all senior roles has faltered

Ayse Kocak, CEO of GC Aesthetics, the only female head of a breast implant maker
©David Parry

A female face of breast implants

Ayse Kocak argues that her job selling silicone enhancements is helping other women

Illustration of gender imbalance by Shonagh Rae
©Shonagh Rae

Australia targets gender reporting rules

One in six directors at ASX-listed companies are female

Jan Flawn, founder of PJ Care. Photographed in their Peterborough care home.
©Charlie Bibby

Quest for patient understanding

Jan Flawn provides a specialist service to neurological patients

‘Lack of recognition’ holds women back

Decision makers look for people in their own image

deputy governor for financial stability Sir Jon Cunliffe

BoE prepares for major overhaul at top

Move comes as Cunliffe warns of lack of trust among national regulators

Nichole Young-Lin

Women in business – Nichole Young-Lin, MBA student

The founder of Saving Mothers says feminism is about women being able to do what they want

Emma Bridgewater
©Camera Press

The Inventory: Emma Bridgewater

‘ I have always felt shopping is the most political thing we do,’ says the pottery designer

Lisa Anderson
©Ed Giles

Lisa Anderson’s valuable lessons

The Middle East specialist on guiding the American University in Cairo through turbulent times

Women ‘will win more board roles’

The digital age and advances in technology are creating new definitions of leadership

Penelope Warne, Senior Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna
©Daniel Jones

Law firms try female leadership

Two women talk about life at the top of a profession that is still dominated by men

Ava Brown

Women in business – Ava Brown, online MBA graduate

The MBA graduate advises women in business to mentor other women who need role models

Sophia Loren in her cookbook 'Eat with Me'
©Nina Mangalanayagam

History Cook: ‘Eat with Me’ by Sophia Loren

When Sophia Loren wrote her ‘gastronomic autobiography’, age 37, it was every bit as bizarre – and sulphurously sexy – as you’d expect

Academic sector rewards selfishness

Female academics bear brunt of undervalued tasks such as pastoral care or teaching administration


US business school teaches 100,000 women

Thunderbird School of Global Management has met its target

The next Goldman arbitrage

Lending seed capital to poor female entrepreneurs is a clever transaction

Growth helps narrow gender gap

Companies in fast-expanding economies find they cannot afford to ignore female talent if they want to compete

A geologist checks and programs a mobile pit wall stability radar device

Mining offers fast-track opportunities

South African women are building careers in what was once considered a male-only domain