London Stock Exchange Group celebrates International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Women’s Network Forum and Founders4Schools participated in London Stock Exchange’s Market Open ceremony today.

HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO opened the market as Chair of the Women’s Network Forum (WNF). London Stock Exchange is a member of WNF.

Founded in 2014 and chaired by HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, WNF comprises representatives from companies across a range of industry sectors including financial services, technology, real estate, energy, consumer products, retail and manufacturing.  It is a forum for senior leaders to discuss the challenges that businesses face in attracting, developing, retaining and advancing women in the workplace.

Following the Market Open, WNF’s report “Fueling Gender Diversity Unlocking the impact of the next generation workplace” was presented to guests comprising business leaders and “Next Generation” influencers in the workplace. A panel of senior leaders and millennials discussed the transformational impact seen in WNF member firms from shifting behaviours of the Next Generation, and the pathway this provides for accelerating improvements in gender parity.

Founders4Schools is a GovTech charity operating in the education sector which seeks to improve the employability of young people by connecting them to leaders of successful businesses across corporate, creative and social enterprise parts of the job market, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future. With 35,000 business leaders volunteering their time, Founders4Schools has helped teachers all over the UK to arrange introductions to employers for over 250,000 young people.

Following the Market Open, Founders4Schools partnered with London & Partners, the Mayor's International Promotion Agency, to deliver a scale up workshop to benefit 100+ women-led businesses and to launch its annual research on how women-led businesses are the driving force of the UK economy with their £27.3 billion contribution to the UK economy in 2018.