On the 6th of March, PWC hosted events in Jersey to highlight the benefits of having a diverse leadership team in business and how this links directly to higher economic performance.

During a week which celebrated International Women’s Day (8 March), the packed event,  entitled ‘Women in Work: The Key to Economic Success in the Channel Islands’, delved deeper into how more women participating in work, more women leading local businesses, more women creating new businesses and closing the gender pay gap would give a massive lift to our local economy.

PWC firmly believes that the untapped source of talent and key to our Islands’ future success are women. Together with a diverse panel of both local and international speakers, PWC explored how policymakers, educators and businesses can realise this untapped potential and, in doing so, bridge the skills gap and boost diversity, prosperity and growth in the Channel Islands.

The events, which had waiting list on both Islands, was held in Jersey on 7 March at the Radisson Blu. Keynote speakers included PwC UK’s Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Leader, Jon Terry, Global CEO at Equiom Group, Sheila Dean, and PwC Northern Ireland ‘TechSheCan’ expert, Narelle Allen.

In Jersey, Jon, Sheila and Narelle were joined by Jess Dunsdon (ITV News Presenter, Channel TV), Rory Steel (Director of Beaulieu Institute of Technology), Becky Houze (4th Generation Dairy Farmer, Lodge Farm) and Nicolle Maltwood (Chairwoman, Women in Tech, Jersey).

The highly experienced panellists discussed real examples of how the most successful organisations have managed to achieve and benefit from greater gender diversity in senior roles. As the use of automation and artificial intelligence gather pace, they elaborated on how it’s often the skills that can’t be replicated by machines such as creativity, empathy and adaptability that are the most prized.