The Pearl Initiative facilitated a discussion over lunch on Women in Business, as part of the Pearl Initiative’s programme on Strengthening the Pipeline of Women through to Executive and Board Levels in the Gulf Region. 

The event was kindly hosted by the CPC initiative, Benaa Wa Amal.
The Pearl Initiative programme on Women in Leadership aims to influence the thinking and behaviour of business leaders on the business case for greater gender diversity at senior levels, as well as deliver insight on practical ways to develop more women through senior management ranks and thereby create a larger pool of executive and Board ready women.

The Phase 1 Research Report “Women’s Careers in the GCC: The CEO Agenda” was launched in April 2015. Based on a survey of over 600 senior women across the Gulf Region, as well as interviews and focus groups, the Report makes five key recommendations to CEOs on agenda priorities to achieve gender diversity at senior levels in organisations.

Key takeaways from the event
  1. Determine outcomes from the recommendations made in the Report “Women’s Careers in the GCC: The CEO Agenda”.
  2. Propose practical next steps to influence the thinking and behaviour of business leaders on the business case and actions required for greater gender diversity at senior levels.
The Pearl Initiative will follow up on this discussion by:
  • Holding a series of action-oriented roundtables across the Gulf Region, aimed at directly influencing business leaders with practical good practices on why and how to work towards better gender diversity in organisations.
  • Identifying and publishing good corporate practices in organisations across the Gulf Region that have been successful in attracting, retaining and promoting female employees through to senior positions by implementing practices such as family-friendly work policies, performance targets, measurement and monitoring efforts, career planning and leadership development programmes.
  • Supporting the further development of community networks, for enhanced communication and support across the Region.