International Centre for Women Business Leaders - Team #6

Cranfield School of Management

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International Centre for Women Leaders

Dr. Ruth Sealy BSc, MSc, PhD, MCIPD

Ruth is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre. Prior to this, Ruth has had a varied career including nine years as an entrepreneur, setting up and running a company within the travel industry, based in London and the French Alps. After successfully selling the business in 2001, she worked as an independent Business Pscyhology consultant. Her work included assessment, but particularly development of high potential talent, focusing on emotional intelligence and cognitive processing, working extensively in the engineering/aerospace sector.
Ruth completed her PhD at Cranfield looking at the impact of role models on the identity formation of senior female directors in the banking sector. Her 2006 US Academy of Management paper was nominated for a Best Paper award in the Gender & Diversity in Organizations Division, and a recent 2009 British Academy of Management paper won the Best Paper Award in the Gender in Management track. Her research interests now include international comparisons of women on corporate boards, managing the senior female piepline, identity development of senior business women, corporate governance and diversity.

For more details contact her at ruth.sealy@cranfield.ac.uk

Journal Articles & Publications

Sealy, R. & Singh, V. (forthcoming) "Role models, work identity and senior women's career progression: Why are role models important?", International Journal of Management Review.

IJMR forthcoming pdf.pdf

Terjesen, S., Sealy, R. & Singh, V. (2009) "Women directors on corporate boards: A review and research agenda", Corporate Governance: An International Review, 17 (3), 320-337.

Anderson, D., Rutherford, S., Sealy, R., & Vinnicombe, S. (2009), The role of governing bodies in the promotion of equality and diversity in higher education institutions (2008-2009), Report commissioned by the Equality Challenge Unit and the Foundation for Leadership in Higher Education, London.

Sealy, R., Vinnicombe, S. & Singh, V. (2008) "The pipeline to the board finally opens: Women's progress in FTSE 100 boards in the UK", in Vinnicombe, S., Singh, V., Burke, R.J., Bilimoria, D. & Huse, M. (eds) Women on corporate boards of directors: International research and practice, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 37-46.

Sealy, R. & Singh, V. (2008) "The importance of role models in the development of leaders' professional identity", in James, K. & Collins, J. (Eds) Leadership Learning: Knowledge into Action, Palgrave

Sealy, R. Vinnicombe, S. & Singh, V. (2008) The 2008 Female FTSE Report: A decade of delay, Cranfield School of Management, November.

2008 Female FTSE Report.pdf

Sealy, R., Singh, V. & Vinnicombe, S. (2007) The 2007 Female FTSE Report: A year of encouraging progress, Cranfield School of Management, November.

Female FTSE Report 2007.pdf

Conference Papers

Sealy, R. & Hawarden, R. (2009) "Women on Boards - Is progress sustainable in times of economic crisis?", Caucus paper, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA.

Sealy, R., Vinnicombe, S. & Singh, V. (2008) The 2008 Female FTSE Report: A decade of delay, Cranfield School of Management, November.
Sealy. R. (2008) "Role Models and Identity Formation for Female Directors in Banking", British Academy of Management Conference, Sept.
Sealy, R. (2008) "Women in Leadership in the 21st Century", Symposium paper, British Academy of Management Conference, Sept.
Sealy, R. (2008) "The Importance of Female Role Models for Senior Women in Investment Banks", Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA, August.
Sealy, R., Vinnicombe, S. & Singh, V. (2008) "Understanding career development of European women in Russia, Spain, UK and the Netherlands", symposium paper, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA, August.

Sealy, R. (2007) "Relational Identity and Identification: The importance of senior female role models", British Academy of Management Conference, Warwick, September.

Sealy, R. (2007) "The Importance of Female Role Models for Senior Women in Varying Organisational Demographic Contexts - the Diversity Directors’ Views", Gender, Work & Organisation Conference, June.

Sealy, R. & Singh, V. (2006) "Role models, work identity and senior women’s career progression - Why are role models important?" Best Paper Proceedings Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2006, pE1-E6

Sealy, R. (2006) "An exploration of the relationship between the lack of cognitively and structurally close female role models and the career ambitions of female managers", Small Group Meeting on Gender & Career Advancement, The Netherlands, June.

Sealy, R. (2006) "An exploration of the effect of organisational demographics and the lack of senior female role models on women’s career progression", EURAM Conference, Oslo, May.

Sealy, R. (2005) "An exploration of the relationship between close versus distant female role models and the career ambitions of female managers", Gender, Work & Organisation Conference, Keele, June.

Sealy, R. (2005) "An exploration of the impact of close versus distant female role models on career ambitions of female managers", British Academy of Management Conference, September.



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