Hello, and welcome to The Gender Blog. I’m Cleo and I live and work (primarily as a freelance writer and global diversity, inclusion and employee engagement specialist) in Dorset, a hundred miles or so south west of 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. I then took a break and travelled, read and wrote for a while before re-joining the corporate world for a three year stint as global head of diversity and inclusion for a major Australian engineering services company. Check out my full corporate CV on LinkedIn.
My diversity work in a corporate capacity included researching and authoring the ground-breaking 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 inclusion, women in business and gender diversity at events in the UK, India, South Africa, Belgium, Spain, France, Mexico, Sweden, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Singapore and Australia; 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 then 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 a supporter of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a role which included assisting with the organisation of their annual 2010 Women Mean Business conference in Mumbai; I was also a key member of the judging panel for the prestigious Women in the City awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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 have written for a number of other websites, particularly The Glass Hammer and Evolved Employer. Please check out my freelance writing site Collaborative Lines and get in touch if you’d like to discuss a writing assignment or an interim diversity and inclusion project.
Note: I do not accept paid advertising, paid/sponsored guest posts or product placement blogs.
However, if you’d like to discuss writing or consulting projects, please contact me via cleo at the gender blog dot com – thank you.