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Jim Burrell - Senior Vice President of European Operations

Jim Burrell joins Opportunity Now advisory board

Opportunity Now, the gender campaign from Business in the Community, has invited Enterprise SVP Europe Jim Burrell to join its advisory board.

The advisory board is a prestigious group of senior executives from industry and government which helps Opportunity Now to shape and drive its agenda.

Acting as ambassadors and champions for gender diversity within their own business, sector and beyond, membership of the advisory board is only open to those organisations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to gender diversity.

Opportunity Now has defined three priorities that are critical to how business helps achieve the potential of people, teams and organisations. These are to create a better gender balance for leadership progression, to ensure unbiased recognition and reward for all and to enable agile work cultures that are fit for the future.

“Serving the communities in which we operate is one of the core values on our Cultural Compass,” said Jim Burrell talking about his appointment. “It is clearly a great honour for Enterprise and for me personally to be invited to join the advisory board of Opportunity Now. But this role is really an extension of the service we provide to a wider community of women and the work which remains to be done to ensure that they have the same access to opportunities, wherever they may work.”

Our ninth year as a Times Top 50 list of best employers for women

Enterprise has been named a top 50 UK employer for women on the Times’ annual audited list. This is the ninth consecutive year that Enterprise has been recognised for its policies and initiatives that promote women into senior leadership roles.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women recognises the UK’s leading organisations, and the policies which ensure that their workplaces provide women with the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

To achieve inclusion on the list, businesses are required to demonstrate that gender equality is an integral part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to progressing women in the workplace that covers their entire organisation.

The list is produced in partnership with Opportunity Now, the gender equality campaign from Business in the Community.

Asian Women of Achievement Awards

Huffington Post lifestyle editor, Poorna Bell, picked up the Media Award at this year’s Asian Women of Achievement Awards. The award was sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Fay Yeboah and Jo Vickers attended on the night to present the prize to the winner. Co-founded by Pinky Lilani OBE in 1999, the awards were launched to celebrate the often unsung Asian heroines of British life.

International Women’s Day@Enterprise

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

At Enterprise in the UK and Ireland alone, there were many events commemorating the day.

In Ireland, activity involved Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees, level 4 managers from across both the UK and Ireland as well as top performing female Enactus students. The day started with a “job shadow” where female branch and assistant managers shadowed a senior manager. The evening kicked off with a drinks reception and a game of ‘networking bingo’ before dinner and a keynote from Susan Hayes-Culleton, an expert on financial and career issues.

The team at EBS in Aldershot focused the day on leadership development, with games, workshops and facilitated discussions on career development at Enterprise involving both male and female employees.

Our Oxford/Southampton group held a ‘Women in Leadership’ conference. Successful women both within and outside the company were invited to speak on a range of issues including how to prepare for promotion, increasing self-motivation and inner drive and balancing a career with motherhood. The event was kicked off by local MP Caroline Dinenage, who gave an insightful talk on what it is to be a female in Parliament, tweeting a photo of herself with our ladies showing their nominations for their inspirational women, ranging from Baroness Thatcher to Beyonce.

UK99 ran two events. A panel discussion in partnership with legal advisors Taylor Wessing addressed the issue of the portrayal of women in the media and featured panellists from the BBC, neo-feminist student magazine Bad Housekeeping and the world of PR. In the afternoon, women met at a co-sponsored event with Aviva where a panel session discussion was the focus for an afternoon of discussing women’s issues.

U5 held a Women in Leadership meeting entitled “Inspiring Change” following the theme from IWD itself. A networking event was followed by a “story-telling” session led by mothers returning to work. Jo Vickers, now chair of UK99’s Women in Leadership group, made a guest appearance, sharing her personal story as well as an update on WIL from a corporate perspective. One of the biggest themes arising from Inspiring Change was to the opportunity to become each other’s biggest fans. The group has committed to sharing and celebrating each other’s successes and encouraging each other to pursue goals and dreams.

“Mindset shifts” and personal transformations were key themes at U3’s celebration of IWD. The day started with a speech from Jenifer Lord on how to become more authentic in the workplace. Participants were asked to discuss with the person next to them whether they “wear a mask at work” and what makes them different to who they are outside the workplace. Personal development coach Jane Kenyon, founder of charity Girls Out Loud, closed the day with a speech on being a teenage girl in today’s world. She spoke of how the media, celebrity culture, premature sexualisation, peer pressure, bullying, lack of strong female role models, privacy invasion and misuse of the internet are leading to a generation of teenage girls with an identity crisis.

         

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