Hello, and welcome to The Gender Blog. I’m Cleo and I live and work (primarily as a freelance writer and global diversity specialist) in London with my husband, TLS. I love to travel and, on this blog, I write about things which catch my eye as they relate to women, including myself: in the media, in politics, in business, in books, in the world.
Between 2006 and autumn 2009, I worked for a major professional services firm, running their global gender diversity function and banging the drum for more women in leadership roles, more women in the pipeline and other issues relating to gender balance and equality of opportunity.
My diversity work in a corporate capacity included researching and authoring the groundbreaking report on the loss of female talent The Leaking Pipeline: Where are our female leaders? 79 women share their stories and serving as the Executive Producer of the film, Closing the Gender Gap, for which we identified, approached and interviewed leading business people, academics and politicians, who shared their views and hopes for the world in 2050 and how female talent can help to shape it. The film was showcased at the 2009 World Economic Forum in Switzerland and is available to view via this link.
On my travels, I have spoken on the topic of women in business and gender diversity at events in the UK, India, South Africa, Belgium, Spain, France, Mexico, Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA; I’ve also been quoted in and written for media sources which include The Times of India and websites The Thin Pink Line , The Glass Hammer and Evolved Employer. As part of my “day job”, I oversaw and provided much of the material for my employer’s external gender diversity website, wrote and edited over 80 entries for corporate blog, The Gender Agenda and contributed articles and material on global initiatives, gender balance and diversity to publications which include Thomson-Reuters IDS Diversity at Work, Strategic HR magazine, the Opportunity Now website and the newsletter of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women.
In a personal capacity, I am a member of the Fawcett Society and my current global diversity based involvement includes serving as a Global Advisor to the Women Business Leaders’ Forum in India (an initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry). I am also a supporter of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a role which included assisting with the organisation of their annual Women Mean Business conference in Mumbai, and I was a key member of the judging panel for the prestigious Women in the City awards in both 2010 and 2011.
I was honoured to be named a winner of The International Alliance for Women’s World of Difference 100 Award for 2011. Each year, TIAW recognises up to 100 women from around the world who have contributed to the economic empowerment of women and supported their advancement in society and business.
As well as blogging, I write for a number of other websites. Sample articles include this piece on the need for gender balance in politics, a column on travel tips for Alpha Female and an article celebrating the launch of the ILGA website to support members of the LGBTI community. Please check out my freelance writing site Collaborative Lines and take a look at my portfolio.
I also write and consult for emberin, Australia’s leading gender diversity company and undertake interim diversity projects in the UK; additionally, I am a passionate supporter of a small charity called Educators’ Trust India, for whom I do pro-bono writing work and fund raising and I am writing a book about the role and impact of women in twenty-first century India – details are available here.