Public relations looks to improve the number of women in the boardroom

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced that the next Equal Access Network event, led by the Institute’s Diversity Working Group (DWG) will take place on Tuesday 2 July at the Guildhall, London. The event, ‘Public Relations: Women in the Boardroom’ will address the important issue of gender disparities within public relations and will be sponsored by Hanson Search, and will support London based charity Dress for Success.

Following from the CIPR’s 2012/2013 State of the Profession survey which revealed that men in public relations still earn an average of £15,000 more than women and are twice as likely to be MDs, partners or directors, professionals will gather to discuss what the profession can do to improve the representation of women at the most senior level within the industry.

Chaired by CIPR CEO Jane Wilson MCIPR, the expert panel includes Gay Collins, Executive Chairperson at MHP Communications, Heather Jackson, CEO & Founder of An Inspirational Journey, Rachel Bell, Founder of Shine Communications and Alderman Fiona Woolf, City of London Corporation.

Cornelius Alexander FCIPR, CIPR Diversity Working Group Chair
We couldn't be more excited about the next in our series of Equal Access Network events. We have brought together an excellent panel of leading public relations practitioners who will help us to answer the tough questions about the representation of women at the highest levels of our industry. I hope practitioners, men and women, will join us as at Guildhall as we look to tackle these tough issues head on.
Cornelius Alexander FCIPR, CIPR Diversity Working Group Chair

The event is open to CIPR members and non-members and attendees are invited to make a voluntary donation to Dress for Success, London when registering their attendance.

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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).