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Women in Leadership

When the Cultural Leadership Programme hosted Women at the Top in June 2007 they had to move venues to accommodate over 200 women and men who had responded eagerly to the opportunity to explore the challenges for women in leadership. This is a subject which elicits strong, often contradictory, opinions. Whilst some lament the lack of female role models and a decline in priority actions, others list a stream of high profile women as evidence of progress. Surely both views cannot be right. But where is the evidence? The absence of hard data is a chink in the collective armour.

With an increasing reputation for innovative leadership development the Cultural Leadership Programme took the initiative to fill the critical gap in the sector’s knowledge base by commissioning the first independent report on women in leadership in the creative and cultural sector. This quantitative research creates a marker in the sand, setting a baseline for measuring future progress and testing those strong reactions that this subject will doubtless continue to engender.

Women in Leadership