Online & In-Person Event

Better Boards

What is getting in the way of board diversity

Location: Athens Date: June 24, 2021 | 6.00 pm EEST

Overview

Investors, regulators, governments, customers and employees are increasingly pushing companies to increase diversity of their Boards. And with good reason - not only this is the right thing to do, but the business benefits to having more diversity voices around the table are clear. However, many firms are still struggling to increase diversity on their Boards - and even those who have appointed more diverse Board members find it difficult to move beyond tokenism to harness the benefits of truly inclusive, diverse leadership. We will explore what is getting in the way of Board diversity, and what can be done to accelerate change.

Learn more from our partner Michelle Daisley, who leads Oliver Wyman’s Global Board Effectiveness practice, and the other speakers. This Better Boards session will take place in Athens (Greece) and virtually, with the support of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Financial Times Board Director Programme, and under the auspices of Leschi Epicheirimatikotitas.

Agenda

6:00 pm  Opening- Welcome

6:05 pm Diversity & Inclusion – Moving our society positively forward– Kate Smith

6:15 pm Women in Business – Mareva Grabowski

6:30 pm What is getting in the way of Board diversity – Michelle Daisley

We will explore what is getting in the way of Board diversity, and what can be done to accelerate change:

  • What does diversity mean: gender, race, generational, cognitive diversity, LBGT+
  • Progress has been made, but has the pace slowed?
  • The value and benefits of having diverse perspectives around the Board table - and the pitfalls of groupthink
  • Diversity vs Tokenism - the importance of inclusion to ensure diverse voices are heard and valued
  • What are the barriers to progress and what can be done to accelerate change?

7:00 pm  Q&A - Panel discussion -

  • Socrates Lazaridis, CEO - Athens Stock Exchange
  • Christina Papaconstantinou, Deputy Governor - Bank of Greece
  • Sabina Dziurman, Former Director Greece & Cyprus - EBRD

8:00 pm Close – Networking drinks

Speakers