Aspire to lead: PwC’s series on leadership and gender equality brings together women and men to engage in dialogue, to learn together, to inspire one another, and ultimately, to take real actions that support global gender equality.
Worldwide, we’ve connected over 30,000 (and counting) students, executives, and PwC employees along with their networks from over 100 countries to thought leaders and high-profile speakers since 2014. Aspire to lead provides access to innovative suggestions, thought-provoking discussions, and tips to grow their leadership skills and careers. Our global webcasts are free and open to anyone to participate.
The more men and women play an active role in each other’s success, the more we can all realise our full potential. And when everyone is at their full potential, we all benefit, both as individuals and as an organization.
Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, HeForShe is a global effort to engage men and boys in removing the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential. The achievement of gender equality requires an inclusive approach that recognizes the crucial role of men and boys as partners for women’s rights, and as having needs of their own in the formulation of that balance.
What can men do to become champions of change?
1. Sign up now for the Aspire to lead Webcast on February 27 to educate yourself about gender differences and gain valuable knowledge about how you can be even more successful as a student, professional, and leader, regardless of your gender.
2. Visit HeForShe.org now to take the pledge - join gender equality champions Barak Obama, Matt Damon, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and hundreds of thousand of other men around the world - commit online to and spreading the word with your social networks.
3. Click here for 10 actions men can take now to be advocates for gender equality.
PwC International: founding IMPACT partner of HeForShe
As a founding IMPACT partner of HeForShe, PwC International will collaborate with leading companies, heads-of-state, and universities to facilitate actions that recognize the crucial role of men as partners for women’s empowerment and advancement. Recently, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Emma Watson, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, announced the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 movement.
"PwC is proud to partner with UN Women as an IMPACT 10x10x10 founding Champion.
The HeForShe initiative fits perfectly with PwC's long-standing goal of helping our male colleagues - from university students to senior leadership - to see why women's empowerment has a positive effect for all, and giving them the practical tools to act as champions of change.
We will be engaging hundreds of thousands of PwC and external men in the HeForShe movement through our global Aspire to lead webcast on 27 February and beyond that, asking PwC men to encourage our clients, families, and communities to sign on in the coming months.”
- Dennis Nally, Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd
In early 2016, we delivered a third webcast where viewers heard Geena Davis, Award-winning actor and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, give an inspirational keynote speech on the empowerment and advancement of women, followed by a robust panel discussion with Geena as well as Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Academy Award nominee and director, and Peter Yobo, PwC US Advisory Senior Associate, where they examined the parallels between gender portrayals in the media, the role of women in the workplace, and discussed how men and women can take action to support gender equality.
On February 27, 2015, PwC hosted the second global webcast in our "Aspire to lead" series in London, UK. On this webcast we heard authors of ‘The Confidence Code’ Katty Kay and Claire Shipman share top tips from their book and Eileen Naughton, Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland, share insights from her career. The webcast was hosted by Mike Fenlon, PwC’s Global and US Talent Leader who gave tips on how men can support women in leadership roles by supporting HeforShe.
If you missed it, don’t worry - you can catch the playback below.
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On April 24, 2014, PwC hosted a unique, global conversation that touched thousands of college students around the world. PwC’s Aspire to lead webcast, which featured Lean in for Graduates author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, crossed the cultural and geographic borders of more than 70 countries. Sheryl joined PwC’s US Human Capital Leader and Global Talent Leader Terri McClements and Lean In President Rachel Thomas to offer students practical career advice, share their own personal experiences on how to navigate their careers and answer questions from college students. In addition, during the broadcast, participants heard Rachel share Lean In’s ten tips for graduates including, “Adopt the mantra ‘Proceed and be bold,’ Shift from a ‘what do I get?’ to a ‘what can I offer?’ mindset and Break long-term goals into short-term steps.” You can view the webcast in its entirety below.