Register for this webinar to learn:

  • The Gender Equality Index and key factors that drive male and female labor force participation
  • The role governments can play in setting policy to achieve economic and public-finance goals
  • How data gaps inhibit the understanding of the relationship between a firm’s diversity and inclusion policies and its business performance
  • How companies can lead progress by “being brave” and pushing their own corporate policies beyond legislation
  • What multinational organizations’ role is in creating fairness across the globe
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More and more, we’re seeing studies on gender inequality showing how 1) pay equity, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and 3) economic, social, and governance (ESG) policies are interconnected. The results of these studies highlight the increasing demand for companies to consider all three policy aspects when making strategic decisions around their teams.

It’s evident that pay equity and DEI metrics have become an integral part of the social side of ESG, and new emerging regulations are now requiring organizations to report on this. From diversity in the workplace to equitable pay, women have been found to be the most underutilized source of growth and business results.

Our guest speakers, Stephanie Kelly and Abigail Watt of Aberdeen Standard Investments Research Institute, focus on finding what drives differences in female participation in the workforce. Their research provides key evidence to engage organizations in setting effective ESG policies, and opening up important dialogue about the role that companies and investors have in creating equal opportunities.

Join this webinar to gain insights on gender equality and maximizing female potential in the workforce, and get proven strategies to strengthen your own ESG and pay policies.

About the presenters


Ruth Thomas
Pay Equity Strategist, CURO (now Payscale)

Ruth Thomas has over 30 years of global HR and reward management experience. A Co-Founder at CURO as well as an equal pay and DEIB advocate, Ruth is an expert in the management of compensation processes and the design of pay and benefit structures, salary progression systems and management incentive plans.

As CURO’s (now Payscale) leading Pay Equity subject matter expert, she works with prospects and customers to help them optimize the execution of their reward strategy through technology. Ruth recently led the vision and development of CURO’s pay equity solutions, including a UK Gender Pay Gap reporting tool and global Pay Equity Analysis software.

Prior to joining CURO (now Payscale), Ruth held roles at Lloyds TSB Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Dow Jones Group and Credit Suisse.


Vicky Peakman
Pay Equity Specialist, CURO (now Payscale)

An experienced Human Resources professional, Vicky has worked both internally and in consulting, including as HR Manager for the Middle East at the British Council and as a consultant for Aon Hewitt. She has delivered across the full range of the HR activities but specialises in reward, engagement and performance management.

Most recent projects include pay strategy and design, benchmarking, gender pay gap reporting, pay equity and bonus design. Vicky is also a trained coach and a Chartered Member of the CIPD.


Stephanie Kelly
Deputy Head of the Research Institute, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Stephanie Kelly is the Deputy Head of the Research Institute at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She leads on politics and macro ESG research for the Institute, specializing in gender equality, climate policy and US, European and UK political analysis. Stephanie is responsible for leading the ASI political risk framework and scenario process, as well as oversight of the ASI global ESG index, Climate Policy Index and Gender Equality Index. She is also a regular commentator on the implications of political risk for investors in global news media with regular slots on CNBC and Bloomberg. Stephanie joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2014 and holds a BA(Hons) in Economics and Politics and an MSc in International Politics from Trinity College Dublin.


Abigail Watt
Research Economist, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Abigail is a research economist in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Research Institute (ASIRI) and is responsible for supporting research projects through empirical work, with expertise in time series econometrics in particular. Abigail also contributes to ASIRI’s indicator maintenance and development, helping to track macroeconomic and financial market developments by constructing summary indicators. Previously, Abigail interned with the global strategy team in Multi-Asset Solutions during the summer of 2015 investigating the forward looking information contained within option market pricing, considering the option implied market levels for various stock market indices. Abigail holds an MSc in Economics (Econometrics) with distinction from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).