Head of Tax Lisa Wilson speaks at BookingGo’s Innovate Week Conference
Lisa Wilson, Partner and Head of Tax, recently received an invitation to present about Women’s Empowerment and Business, at BookingGo’s Go Innovate week.
The event which was held at Manchester Metropolitan University brought together some of the UK’s brightest and best tech experts.
Speaking about the conference Lisa said, “It was a pleasure to be asked to present at such a well-attended event. Women’s empowerment & gender equality are generating headlines at the moment, especially since the introduction of recent legislation, such as Gender Pay Gap reporting, in April 2018.
As an advisor to business and as a Partner in a professional services firm, I am conscious that the pool of talent is restricted when gender inequality exists. Whilst organisations are making progress in encouraging women into and to remain in work, unfortunately there are still significant hurdles which limit women’s opportunities.
There are many sectors where the drop off rate of women going through an organisation is significant, from junior level to partner level. For example in financial services women in junior roles account for 43% of juniors and 20% of senior managers, but this drops to just 9% at CEO level. With so many talented female professionals not making it into these leadership roles, it has been proven to disadvantage business and profitability.
We have made our working practices as flexible as possible to retain the best talent, whatever gender they may be. We provide opportunities to all, as we want our team to provide the best possible service to clients. If we have talented women leaving us, we cannot be said to be doing that.
We believe that a motivated and more ‘agile’ workforce of women and men, who balance their hours of employment with family responsibilities can only be good thing, for us as a firm and for them as individuals.”
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