8 March, 2016

M&S and #IWD2016 – Celebrating, inspiring and improving

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is gender balance. Women develop brilliant careers at M&S, however we’re always striving to maintain a balanced talent pipeline across all levels. To get a real insight, we’re bringing together five inspirational M&S women to talk about their experiences –  what has worked for them, as well as finding out how they think M&S, and society, can be made more equal for women AND men.

Our speakers include:

Tanith Dodge – HR Director
Tanith joined M&S after excelling at companies like Intercontinental Hotels Group and WH Smith. She is now the HR lead for our 83,000 employees across the UK, and the world.

Jo Jenkins, Director of Womenswear, Lingerie and Beauty 
Having joined M&S to head up Lingerie and Beauty in 2013, Jo’s leadership saw her add the Womenswear division to her responsibilities last year. 

Beulah Keane – Head of Strategic Programme Office, Property - UK & International
Beulah’s remit covers new store developments, modernisations, Food Halls, and new GM & Food environments across the UK and Europe, as well as India, Hong Kong and China.

Kate Stein, Head of Technology, Fresh
Kate has been with M&S for 15 years. Having started out on the graduate programme she now has a broader role across our food business as Head of Technology for Fresh Food Trading.

Tanya Datta - Commercial Manager
Since joining, Tanya’s spearheaded many improvement initiatives, turned around one of our highest performing stores and won the Asian Women of the Year Young Achiever award, 2015.

Additionally, there will be a hot topic ‘gender debate’ designed to answer tough questions such as, ‘why are there fewer women in senior roles?’ and a fun lunchtime talk at our company archive in Leeds. Exploring the role of women within M&S, from our first market stall teams to leading figures like Flora Solomon, the talk is a chance to hear about wartime challenges for female employees, and find out more about us as an employer today.

What’s more, we’ll be getting all our people involved by asking them to film and share themselves talking about who or what’s helped them in their career, and how they think gender balance could be improved.

Because we believe, by doing more, talking about these complex issues, and raising awareness of the challenges that women face in their careers, we can help create a more equal society. One in which women can ultimately achieve their ambitions.  

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