International Women’s Day

A Message From Tamra Eker, Executive Director, BAB

Tamra Eker with panelists from last month’s “The Stir” event in NYC

(From left to right: Tamra Eker, Executive Director, BritishAmerican Business, Vivian Hunt DBE, Managing Partner, UK and Ireland, London, McKinsey & Company, Natalie Runyon,  Director, Talent, Culture & Inclusion Strategist, Enterprise Brand Marketing, Thomson Reuters, Ivy Kusinga , Senior Vice President, Chief Culture Officer, Chubb, Mary Beth Hogan, Partner & Co-Chair, Litigation Department, Debevoise & Plimpton, and Michael Blair, Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton)


Eight years ago this month, BritishAmerican Business launched our (then called) Women’s Initiative with a keynote talk from TV anchor, journalist and author, Maria Bartiromo.  Member companies Deloitte, National Grid, United Airlines and Thomson Reuters were all early supporters of this critical initiative and NASDAQ gave us a shout out in Times Square.

It was step one of what would be an incredible journey for BAB and its members, and I am immensely proud of how much this initiative has grown.  Over the past eight years we have renamed the initiative ‘The Stir’ (acknowledging the shift from an internal conversation amongst female professionals to a broader conversation around not only gender parity issues, but also diversity and LGBTQ issues) and we have brought a diverse slate of programs, platforms and speakers to our members.  We have partnered with companies and executives that equally champion these issues and we are very grateful for our members’ engagement and support.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, BAB recommits to our Stir initiative and remains vigilant in addressing the issues of gender parity and leaky talent pipelines, which are critical to the health and well-being of our companies and future generations.

Panel from BAB Women’s Forum event in London