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Joanna has been part of the BakerWomen Leadership team since 2010, and spearheaded the launch of the original BakerWomen Client Event Programme which provided a networking forum for senior business women. These targeted events have helped to shift the culture of the firm – talking and thinking about gender diversity is no longer just “the right thing to do”, but it’s commercially critical for building stronger relationships with clients. Joanna championed the development of granular gender reporting at the firm. From evaluation, promotion and retention statistics, to recruitment and salaries; these tangible statistics have enabled the BW leadership to raise awareness of the issues, and facilitated BakerWomen to develop a clear plan of action, identifying key areas that need to change. As a direct result, initiatives such as agile and flexible working have been promoted in order to support women in their careers. Joanna also mentors women throughout the firm, both informally and formally through the firm’s Career Guidance Scheme. Externally, Joanna is part of the King’s College London Alumni group and is involved in the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. She spoke at the inaugural event ‘Gender Equality: what’s holding back greater change?’ event, celebrating the achievements of the impressive King’s alumnae community and showcasing the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.

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