A week on from International Women's Day and the message is still resonating.  This year we recognised this important day and showed our support for gender balance by leaving some small tokens of appreciation for each member of staff.

Each year, International Women's Day has a theme.  This year's was 'Balance for Better'.  I felt that the message was not, 'women are better than men' but that we need to strive for gender balance.  It's about being proactive - making our role models visible and about men championing women.

This is something that we have been working hard to achieve at Brabners and an issue which most firms in this industry (and others) are acutely aware of.  

As part of our work to recognise International Women's Day and address the gender balance issue, we interviewed some of our own female leaders to find out what challenges they have faced in their career and how they have dealt with these.

By having visible role models, we can show our younger or more junior colleagues that achieving promotion at Brabners is absolutely possible regardless of gender.  

Our own champion for diversity and managing partner, Nik White, has been shortlisted for the Transformational Leader Award at the upcoming Northern Power Women Awards in Manchester.  The awards recognise and promote diversity champions from across the whole of the north of England, so to come this far just shows how serious we about addressing gender imbalance.

It is important to keep the conversation going.  Not just for gender diversity but for diversity across all levels.  And not just for one day a year.  International Women's Day is a great platform to remind us of the gender imbalance but the responsibility is on us to keep working on it and addressing this challenge throughout the year.

Best of luck to Nik and all of the other nominees at Monday's award ceremony, and watch this space for more news about how we will be championing diversity going forward...