Prominent female scientist Professor Nava Dekel delivered the Barclays-sponsored Women of the Year Lecture on Wednesday at the Royal Institute of Great Britain in London.
Addressing an audience of 150 people, which included around 40 Barclays colleagues, Professor Dekel discussed her groundbreaking research on embryo implantation in IVF treatments and issues such as ethics in scientific research.
She also spoke on the social pressures on women to reproduce.
The evening’s host was Barbara-Ann King, Director, Barclays Wealth, who expressed her pride in Barclays for identifying, developing and recognising female role models across the business.
Barbara-Ann also discussed her experience as one of the winners of Barclays 2009 Women of the Year Awards: “Having won an award on our internal Woman of The Year programme in 2009, I can speak first-hand of the direct and positive impact on me and the teams I manage in engendering recognition of an inclusive culture and, in particular, the importance of women.
"Across our organisation, both through our diversity networks, such as our Women's initiatives Network, and in our business relationships with diverse clients, we are proactive in acknowledging women.”
Following the Lecture, Baroness Helena Kennedy, President, Women of the Year, moderated a lively panel discussion featuring Professor Robert Winston, well-known broadcaster and Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at the UK’s Imperial College; Jocelynne Scutt, feminist lawyer, writer and commentator; and Julie Powell, journalist and Health Director, Good Housekeeping magazine.
Some members of the audience also shared their personal stories around the issue of women’s reproduction.
The Women of the Year Lecture was sponsored by Barclays for the fourth year running as part of its diversity agenda.
To promote gender diversity, Barclays is also a sponsor of the Women of the Year Lunch, one of the UK’s most prestigious events promoting female role models.
The Women of the Year Lunch was set up in 1955 to bring together a wide cross section of working women who had distinguished themselves in their careers, and to enable them to meet each other and hear the views of world-famous women on important issues.