In 2017 we launched our Women's Empowerment Programme which aims to create a flexible and supportive environment, ultimately enabling more women to reach leadership positions.
It is widely recognised that a more diverse leadership team is good for business. We want to better represent our people and our clients, believing that smart decisions today will create lasting value for our Crowe team and their clients tomorrow.
Workplace studies show that where at least 30% of leadership teams are female, the impact on the business is greater. Currently Crowe’s female partners represent 22% of the leadership team and in addition, make up one third of the Executive Board.
We intend to increase the proportion of female partners to 30% by 31st March 2024 , allowing us to have maximum impact for our people and our business.
To do this we set out key objectives in our Women's Empowerment Programme business plan. While none of these initiatives are gender exclusive, they have be designed to tackle the main barriers facing women in finance.
We aspire to develop strong diverse leaders and have invested in a mentor training programme to support this. Potential mentees are invited to apply to participate in the programme, giving them access to the experience and expertise that the mentors have to offer. We intend that the mentor training will over time be extended to a wider group, giving all our people access to a mentor should they need it and the same time increase their prospects for advancing to leadership positions.
"I want to encourage our people, whatever their gender, to be the best they can be. I would like us to identify our future leaders and make sure they have a strong support network to achieve their own success".
"Challenges have always been juggling work and home life but Crowe has always been hugely supportive in allowing flexibility. It’s not a competition between work and home life and if you are happy in both, your output will be greater".
"It’s easier to climb the mountain when you see that someone else has done it and how. I think one reason that women struggle in achieving leadership positions is that they lack the confidence that comes from having role models and mentors to show them how it’s done".