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The Authority Gap: Taking women from the margins to the centre with Mary Ann Sieghart

Part of the Leading Edge series: Ideas shaping a better world

The Exeter MBA is delighted to continue its Leading Edge speaker series and to be welcoming some of the world’s most prestigious thinkers to the University of Exeter Business School as part of our new series of online events, The Leading Edge. This series of inspirational talks will provide a space for us to discuss some of the most pressing global challenges and consider how we can all play a role in shaping a better and more sustainable world. If you are keen to explore creative and innovative approaches to tackling social and environmental challenges, this is your opportunity to join with managers from across the world and take part in provocative and thought-provoking conversations stimulated by our prestigious guests.

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Mary Ann Sieghart - The Authority Gap: Taking women from the margins to the centre

Join journalist and broadcaster Mary Ann Sieghart as she shares ideas from her recent book ‘The Authority Gap’; a body of work containing research and case studies, which show that despite the progress society has made, there are still many ways in which women are prevented from achieving equality.

Mary Ann Sieghart is a highly regarded current affairs commentator and presenter, whose new book ‘The Authority Gap’ looks at how we still don’t take women as seriously as men, and what we can do about it. Mary Ann began her career as a Eurobond correspondent and Lex Columnist at the Financial Times, before moving to become Business Editor of Today newspaper. She was a founding partner of The Browser website, a current affairs content aggregation website, joined Newshour, the BBC World Service’s flagship news and current affairs programme, as a presenter and also wrote a weekly column in The Independent about politics, economics and social affairs. She chaired the Social Market Foundation think tank for ten years, and currently sits on the boards of the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian and The Observer), the Merchants Trust and Pantheon International. She has also been a non-executive director of the Ofcom Content Board, Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust, DLN Digital, and the Council of Tate Modern.


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You also have an opportunity to meet other leaders attending these events - please stay with us from 17.00 – 18.00 for our Leading Edge conversations, where you can discuss your reaction to each of the talks in facilitated Zoom breakout rooms.