Spotlight on women in management
The Statistics Tell the Story
- In 2003, 8.5% of Capgemini UK’s Vice Presidents were women; today, that number has risen to just over 17%.
- In 2005, 46% of those accepted on Capgemini UK’s consultancy graduate scheme were women, and the proportion of women in senior management positions continues to grow.
- In 2007, 23% of newly promoted vice presidents at Capgemini were women.
- In 2007, monthly business periodical Journal des Enterprises noted the strong female presence in top management at Capgemini France’s Montbonnot center.
Individual Success Stories
On the eve of International Women’s Day 2007, Capgemini’s Colette Lewiner was named Commander of the National Order of Merit. Founded in 1963, the highly prestigious National Order of Merit is awarded to French nationals for distinguished civil or military achievements. Colette was instrumental in the creation of our global utilities business and is a dedicated mother of three.
Christine Hodgson is the Technology Services leader for North West Europe (UK and Benelux). She was once heralded as the UK’s youngest female company director and is an advocate of flexible working both for herself and her team. “Actions like this strengthen our identity as a company where women can excel and become business leaders.”
Proactive Strategies to Improve Women’s Representation
In recent years, Capgemini has implemented a number of initiatives intended to promote the advancement of women within the organization, including:
- The creation of women’s networks in North America, the UK, India, Belgium, Australia, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.
- The development of the India Women’s Council to address the challenges women face in the workplace, tap into the female talent pool, and serve as a knowledge-sharing and networking forum.
- The initiation of the Women’s Leadership Development pilot program to provide skill-based training, mentoring, and on-the-job coaching to develop the future leaders of Capgemini.
- Direct recruitment of women and internal talent development.
- The scheduling of networking events and master classes to coincide with lunch time, rather than after work.
- The signing of the Charte de la Diversité dans l’Entreprise (French corporate diversity charter) by Capgemini and Sogeti, and their active participation in IMS Entreprendre pour la Cité, an organization responsible for promoting the charter to increase diversity in France.