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Speaking up for Women in Yorkshire and UK-wide | Press Release

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Speaking up for Women in Yorkshire and UK-wide | Press Release, published on The Happiness Speaker website

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Outgoing PSA Yorkshire President Lee Jackson (right) formally hands over the PSA Yorkshire presidency to Frederika Roberts (left)

Outgoing PSA Yorkshire President Lee Jackson (right) formally hands over the PSA Yorkshire presidency to Frederika Roberts (left)

Speaking up for Women in Yorkshire and UK-wide

On Saturday 18th October, Frederika Roberts took over from Lee Jackson as President for the Yorkshire region of the PSA (Professional Speaking Association).

The PSA is bucking the trend when it comes to women in senior leadership roles. Three of the PSA’s 12 regions have female Presidents and overall 6 women are in leadership roles within the PSA regions. From October 2013 to October 2014, the PSA had an overall joint Presidency, held by two formidable women: Eilidh Milnes and Jane Gunn. 29% PSA Board members are women; the figure stood at 38% until one Board member resigned last week due to relocating to the USA. The annual PSA ‘MEGA’ Conference held in London 10-11th October this year was headlined by the world-renowned British ex-pat speaker and speech coach Patricia Fripp CSP CPAE. Three of the five ‘Speaker Factor‘ finalists at the ‘MEGA’ conference this year were women and the winner was Claire Carpenter.

Compare the figures above to the figures quoted by ‘The 30% Club’, which aims to see 30% women on FTSE-100 boards by the end 2015: Though the percentage of women in senior leadership positions in the UK is rising, it currently stands at 22.8%. PSA women are leading the way.

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