Different Women Different Places

This report is important and timely. Many organisations have already recognised the experience, skill, talent and ability BME women contribute to their success. For those employers who remain to be persuaded, I hope this report will help them to think again”. Baroness Valerie Amos, former Leader of the House of Lords

I hope the report will inspire many more Black and Asian women to pursue senior leadership roles within the workplace, and that they will be supported and encouraged by their employers.” Former Women’s Minister Harriet Harman MP

The Different Women, Different Places” was the first study of its kind in the UK, to begin to close the gap in research into the career experiences and leadership attributes of BME women.


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Using a positive, appreciative inquiry approach, deploying a variety of media and data gathering techniques for reaching and engaging with 400 ethnic minority women in management and leadership positions across the private, public and not-for–profit sectors, the study identified, the leadership attributes and characteristics of BME women. A key outcome was the “Factor 8” leadership framework for repositioning diversity as a leadership strength.

The research was conducted in 2006 / 2007 by The Diversity Practice in partnership with Katalytik and sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, the Learning and Skills Council, Credit Suisse and the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET.

The findings of the Different Women Different Places study are essential reading for all HR and Diversity professionals who want to make the most of the valuable people resource within their organizations.


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