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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 Oxfords 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, its 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 Oxfords 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.

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Wednesday, Apr. 23


Problems facing the elderly are in the spotlight at Senior Generation 2014, an international forum at LenExpo beginning today that focuses on drawing attention to and providing information about some of societys most vulnerable members. An exhibition combined with a trade fair will help those interested be better equipped to help this demographic.



Thursday, Apr. 24


Learn more about Denmark during the Danish Business Delegations visit to SPIBA this evening starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Danish Culture Institute. Danish Consul general Klaus Sorensen will be in attendance and the buffet following a presentation on Danish companies in Russia will be the perfect opportunity to network with the assembled businessmen.


AmChams Human Resources Committee Meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning in their St. Petersburg office. Check their website for more details.



Friday, Apr. 25


Light Music presents the main events for their Cultural Kitchen project at Loft-Project Etagi today. A B2B event that focuses on Finnish food, arts, travel, music and design, the evening will conclude with a dinner by chef Jyrki Tsutsunen and dancing to music by Aino Venna. The event, which began yesterday with presentations by tourism and cultural institutions, concludes today with a preview of Finlands Flow festival and other musical events. Invitations are available from www.culturalkitchen.fi.



Saturday, Apr. 26


At 6 p.m. this evening, stylist Liliana Modigliani offers 50 simple ways to up your style quotient with beauty tips at the Galeria shopping center on Ligovsky Prospekt. The event is part of the final day of the shopping malls Fashion Saturday sales event, this week focusing on top brands located on the ground floor as well as presentation from fashion experts on sprucing up your spring look.



Sunday, Apr. 27


Families shouldnt miss Childhood Planet 2014, the trade fair that started yesterday and concludes today at LenExpo. Not only will goods and services be provided for children and families but the event hopes to promote Russian brands and eco-friendly products using the latest technology available in the childcare industry.



Monday, Apr. 28


The Hotel Indigo will be the site of SPIBAs Acting Skills for HR and Other Managers master class this morning starting at 9 a.m. The event will begin with coffee before moving on to the class itself and conclude with a tour of the recently opened hotel. Confirm attendance by Apr. 24.



Tuesday, Apr. 29


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