Latham Gathers Business Leaders to Discuss Women in the Boardroom

High-profile event includes keynote address by Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI.

April 14, 2016

Latham & Watkins gathered executives from leading companies, private equity firms and financial institutions to discuss the issues and challenges associated with increasing diversity in the boardroom. The high-profile event held in London featured a keynote speech by Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI, followed by a panel discussion with women executives from a variety of global businesses. 

Watch a short video featuring commentary from the panelists

Libby Savill, a partner in Latham’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, chaired the panel discussion, which covered a range of topics including career progression, mentoring and increasing diversity in the boardroom. The panelists included Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Nasdaq NLX, Lynn Fordham, CEO of SVG Capital and Nicola Mumford, Non-Executive Director at Bank of Canada Europe and former Managing Partner of Wragge & Co. London. Topics included: 

  • The characteristics boards look for in C-Suite candidates and how they identify them 
  • The business rationale for board diversity and increasing awareness of the value of competent female directors 
  • How to raise visibility of the pipeline of "board-ready" female directors

Commenting on the event, Savill said: “It’s at events like these where top female executives share their frontline experience and insight that ideas and initiatives can take shape. We were privileged to have a great line-up of talented and accomplished female business leaders whose perspectives on these critical boardroom issues made for a lively discussion.”

The event is the latest in a series hosted by Latham & Watkins’ Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee, an initiative focused on advancing women in the boardroom. WEB’s mission is to promote women in business through global and local efforts designed to create broader networks and productive business relationships, attract top talent and support the long-term success of women.

To find out more about Latham’s WEB initiative, click here.



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