Tomorrow: 50% of women bosses?

President of Maviflex, a company with 125 employees specialising in automatic and flexible doors, Anne-Sophie Panseri is also the President of Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise (FCE) France. This association of female CEOs has just signed a partnership agreement with Societe Generale to support female entrepreneurship.

Seules nous sommes invisibles, ensemble nous sommes invincible” (Alone we’re invisible, together we’re invincible). FCE France’s motto mirrors the attitude of its president, full of life, commitment and conviction. Anne-Sophie Panseri puts all her energy into the entrepreneurial spirit because she believes that being a corporate boss is the best job in the world. She therefore wants to encourage and help talented new people, and women in particular. “Women account for around 50% of the population but just 15% of economic governance. A woman will be more likely to create her own business than take over an existing one, with the inevitable consequences that has on her family life.” Beyond the issue of diversity, there lies an economic reality. Every year, 60,000 businesses employing around 300,000 people disappear due to nobody being willing to take them over. We’re not talking about stereotypes here; Anne-Sophie Panseri doesn’t idealise female management. “Some female bosses implement a particularly rigid management approach, whilst certain men put the emphasis on joint decision-making. The role of FCE France, which incorporates 1,380 female CEOs, is to encourage women bosses to become more involved in economic life and strengthen their presence within decision-making bodies at local, regional and national level. Our goal is also to train our 1,960 members, by including female senior executives.

Increase the influence of female CEOs

Ten years ago, women accounted for 25% of corporate bosses. In 2017, this figure has not increased and will not change unless impetus is provided. We have thus just signed a skills partnership agreement with Societe Generale. The initial objective is to strengthen our members’ expertise in management and finance. The environment is a fast-changing one, notably in the field of norms and standards. By anticipating future evolutions, we are increasing our companies’ agility. Simultaneously, we are realising that, during business creation phases, many female bosses minimise their company’s development and thus the capital they will require. This leads to major difficulties in obtaining new start-up loans. Another aim of this partnership is to help accelerate female representation within major bodies associated with economic governance, such as Boards of Directors or industrial tribunals. The aim of all these initiatives is to develop an ecosystem that is more favourable to women.