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Cherie Attends the Financial Times Women at the Top Conference

Cherie Attends the Financial Times Women at the Top Conference

With Zaha Hadid

Cherie Attends the Financial Times Women at the Top Conference

With Rachel Kyte

Cherie Attends the Financial Times Women at the Top Conference

With Dame Kelly Holmes

The conference speakers discussed the impact of the increasing participation of women in global economic growth.

This week Cherie attended the Financial Times Women at the Top Conference in London which coincided with the announcement and publication of the FT 2010 Top 50 Women in World Business Ranking. The aim of the conference was to discuss the important issues that will define corporate leadership in the years ahead. The list was compiled by a group of Judges which included Dame Marjorie Scardino from Pearson, Rachel Kyte of the International Finance Corporation, Jacob Wallenberg of Investor Group and Dame Clara Furse.

The Conference speakers examined and debated the role of women in business in the wake of the financial crisis. They discussed the impact of their increasing participation in global economic growth and their legacy as drivers of innovation in developing countries.

That evening guests attended a dinner at the Wallace Collection. Cherie, as the keynote speaker, addressed equality issues in her talk and argued that women are still not equal to men in all professions:

"I fight for women's equality - in my professional and personal life - because I believe it is a matter of fundamental principle. At a time when the most important resource is human capital, it is very stupid to write off half the talent pool."

She then went on to explain the objectives of her Foundation for Women, which now has projects up and running in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in order to help women build their capacity, confidence and capital to set up and expand their own businesses.

At the end of the meal Zaha Hadid, the internationally acclaimed female architect, was awarded the FT Women at the Top's first award for excellence outside the corporate arena.

To view Zaha Hadid's interview with the FT click here

To view Cherie's interview with the FT click here

To learn more about the top 50 women in world business click here

To read a profile of Zaha Hadid on the FT website click here