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Women Gain Ground, Respect

Published: January 29, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • The percentage of women in senior roles rose from 21 percent in 2012 to 24 percent in 2013.
    Photo: Depositphotos.com / For SPT

Although women occupy 31 percent of managerial positions in Russian companies, ranked 11th in the world according to Oxford’s Saïd Business School and significantly higher than in the United States or the United Kingdom, much needs to be done to develop true diversity at management level.

“If you look at quantitative data, it’s actually quite clear that the situation for women in senior positions in Russia is relatively positive,” said Katleen de Stobbeleir, a professor in HR Management and Leadership at Vlerick Business School, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times. “Certainly, Russia is ahead of the U.S. and most of Europe in terms of women in senior positions.”

“When I teach executive classes for specific companies in Russia,” de Stobbeleir continued, “I am always surprised by the high proportion of women in the classroom.”

2013 was a milestone year for women in senior positions.

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“On a global scale, the percentage of women in senior roles rose from 21 percent in 2012 to 24 percent in 2013 while Korea inaugurated its first female president,” said Gayle Peterson, co-director of the newly launched Women Transforming Leadership Programme at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times.

In 2013, the EU enacted a law requiring a specific number of women in executive positions in companies. Last year the European Commission began voting on a regulation that would require 40 percent of top posts in European Union companies to belong to women. In the U.K., women make up 47 percent of the financial elite, according to CCI-Inform, the commercial and industrial journal of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Research has proved that women improve the efficiency of a company. A report from U.S. consultant firm McKinsey and Co. recently revealed that gender-balanced executive boards earn a 56 percent higher operating profit compared to companies with male-only committees.

You may also be interested in: Top Female Executives Celebrated

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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