EQPOWEREC Women on boards conference cruise

29. June 2016

EQPOWEREC Women on boards conference cruise 


The researchers working on the EQPOWEREC project (from UL, Faculty of Social Sciences) have attended a two-day (from 19 to 22 June 2016) "Women on boards conference" cruise together with representatives of the Managers' Association and BI Norwegian Business School. The aim of the workshop was to launch a wide debate on gender equality, including  different experts  on the topic from other countries. This experience was very educational because it has allowed us to gain a wider perspective on our situation.


EQPOWEREC project leader, prof. dr. Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela (UL, Faculty of Social Sciences), a leading expert from BI Norwegian Business School, prof. dr. Morten Huse and a representative of the Managers' Association, Sonja Šmuc have welcomed us with short introductory speeches.





The program started with the presentations of different countries and their research work on the topic of gender equality:


- prof. dr. Gillian Warner-Søderholm (BI Norwegian Business School) has presented a six country study about the multiple macro factors which promote successful WoB strategy implementation.



- prof. dr. Cathrine Seierstad (Queen Mary University, London) has introduced some key findings from the research on the profiles of women on boards.



- associate prof. dr. Ljiljana Erakovič (Auckland University) has presented a study on why is a board leadership important for strategic transformation (case of the Bank of New Zealand).



- dr. Alessandra Rigolini (University of Pisa) had a presentation "From no pressure to quota: who are the women appointed in the board?" on the case of Italy.



EQPOWEREC project leader has continued the meeting with the introduction of plans for the Final Conference and the rest of the work until the end of the project. Sonja Šmuc (Managers' Association) had a lecture about the problem of double standards in recruitment process, prof. dr. Cathrine Seierstad (Queen Mary University) and prof. dr. Morten Huse (BI) have presented some articles, on which are they currently working on.






We started the next day with the presentations of experiences with women in leadership positions in other countries. Dr. Eythor Jonsson (University of Iceland) presented the Icelandic experience, Randi Ib (Board Governance) continued with the situation in Denmark. Prof. dr. Rado Bohinc (UL, Faculty of Social Sciences) has contributed to the debate with the presentation of challenges in preparing the law for gender equality in Slovenia.






We continued the program with the reflections of Y generation presented by Mojca Podržaj (Managers' Association) and MSc. Jasna Mikić (UL, Faculty of Social Sciences). Dr. Alessandra Rigolini (University of Pisa) and assoc. prof. dr. Eskil Goldeng (University College of Southeast Norway) have presented a research on CEO changes effects on risk and capital constraints. Assoc. prof. dr. Andrej Rus (UL, Faculty of Social Sciences) and dr. Helena Kovačič (UL, Faculty of Social Sciences) showed us the newest research withing the EQPOWEREC project about the women on supervisory boards in Slovenia.




On the last day we met with dr. Mari Teigen, Head of the Research Institute for Gender Equality in Norway and CORE project leader. She introduced us with the process of adopting quotas in Norway, obstacles and difficulties they had to encounter and the expectations regarding the legislation. After we had a meeting with Silvija Seres, a member of 30 boards (so far). She talked about her career path and gave us her view on the situation of gender equality in Norway.





In a relatively short time we have managed to gain a lot of new information on the situation of gender equality in Norway (and in other countries) and have become familiar with the activities and measures used in other countries. The trip was very informative, because it gave us a lot of starting points for further work.