The breakfast took place at Gordon Ramsay's D'oyly Carte private room and subjects discussed included Lord Davies' proposal for boardroom quotas, the issues relating to maternity leave and working mothers, the need for mentors for women entering the industry as well as the impact of technology on the work/life balance.
Those who attended were:
Visit London’s director of business tourism Tracy Halliwell
Pricewaterhouse Coopers head of UK hotels and venues Samantha Van Leeuwen
Hotelzon corporate sales executive Gail Ennis
BT Convention Centre Liverpool’s general manager Jacquie Rogers
The Brewery general manager Maria Duddin
Marylebone Cricket Club marketing manager Elly Ford
Gordon Ramsay Holdings business development manager Toni Mears
Etherlive operations and businsess development manager Emily Wallace
Fairmont Hotels director global sales in Europe Susannah Donne
"If there is a glass ceiling, it is maybe felt more by women who want to combine a career and a family," said BT Convention Centre Liverpool’s general manager Jacquie Rogers.
"This is not unique to our industry however, as many successful business women who have made it to the top have had to make choices along the way. For me, my personal choice was to put my career before having a family. It's certainly not a decision I regret."
"The discussions around the table proved how much choice women have in today's society in comparison to those living in 1911," added Gordon Ramsay Holdings business development manager Toni Mears.
"While in some ways we face the shackles of our gender in certain areas of business, I believe that our financial independence, the choice that we have on when to start having children, if at all, and our proven skills in leading industry roles have led to vast choices for women in the 21st century."
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