Women are and remain vastly underrepresented on corporate boards, although companies perform better when their boards are more diverse. Do we need quotas to increase the number of female boards members, or do other measures exists that can make corporate boards more gender-equal? What advice can we give women who are aiming for a corporate board?
Join a discussion with:
- Professor Elena Beccalli Chairwoman of the Italian branch of European Society for Banking and Financial Law, Dean of the School of Banking, Finance and Insurance at the Catholic University of Milan)
- Professor Barbara Casu Professor of Banking and Finance at Bayes Business School and Director of Centre for Banking Research)
- Dr Sonia Falconieri Reader in Finance at Bayes Business School)
- Dr Hans Frankort Reader in Strategy at Bayes Business School).
The event is hosted by the Global Women’s Leadership Programme at Bayes Business School. The event will be moderated by GWLP Director Dr Janina Steinmetz.
Topics will include:
- The business (and moral) case for gender-equal boards
- A discussion of gender quotas to increase female board membership
- Alternatives to quotas
- What is needed to be in the running
- The experience of women who have served on corporate boards
More about our speakers:
Elena Beccalli is Chairwoman of the Italian branch of European Society for Banking and Financial Law, Dean of the School of banking, finance and insurance at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan), and full professor of banking at the same School.
She is research associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation of the London School of Economics, and academic fellow at the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance of the University of St. Andrews. She has been visiting professor at the Singapore Institute of Management and at the Pecking University.
She is chairwoman of the Italian branch of European Society for Banking and Financial Law (AEDBF), and member of the Directive committee of Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA). She serves as journal manager of Journal of financial management, markets and institutions (JFMI). She has published extensively (books and articles) on several subjects related to banking.
She has a ten-year experience as independent non-executive board member and chairwoman of board committees of Italian listed banks and asset management companies.
Professor Barbara Casu Lukac is the Director of the Centre for Banking Research at Bayes Business School. She is also the Course Director for the Executive PhD at Bayes. Her main research interests are in empirical banking, financial regulation, structured finance, and corporate governance. Barbara has published widely, with over 50 publications in peer reviewed Journals. She has also written the popular textbook “Introduction to Banking” (Pearson FT), which is widely adopted for banking courses across the world. She has recently co-edited the Palgrave Handbook of European Banking.
Sonia Falconieri is Reader in Finance at Bayes Business School which she joined in 2009, and is course director of the Master in Finance. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Toulouse. Her research interests are in Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance. In recent years, her research has specifically focused on investigating gender diversity in corporate finance. Her articles have been published in some major journals such as the JEEA, the Review of Finance, and the Journal of Corporate Finance. Her research on gender diversity has also been featured in the Hampton-Alexander Report in 2019.
Dr. Hans Frankort is a Reader in Strategy at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London. His research examines the determinants and consequences of interpersonal and interorganizational relationships, and the drivers and effects of employee work effort.
Since 2019, he has studied new board appointments in the FTSE100, and how appointment trajectories differ between male and women directors. His research has received several awards and appeared in outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Management, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal.
At Bayes, Hans is Research Champion in the Faculty of Management and he teaches across MSc, MBA, and (Executive) PhD programs. At City, he is a University Senator and Member of the Doctoral College Board of Studies. He also held visiting positions at UC Berkeley, the University of Toronto, the University of Crete, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.