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During the 1970s, IMI conducted a survey whichhighlighted the imbalance in the ratio of men and women in management. At the time, women accounted for 30% of manufacturing jobs, but less than 2% of managers were women.


Of the 160 CEOs surveyed, only one was a woman. In response, IMI launched the ‘Women in Management’ programme for professional women aspiring towards the top. To this today, IMI continues to champion gender equality in the workplace.


Our ‘Taking the Lead – Women in Leadership’ programme, designed in association with the 30% Club, is amongst IMI’s most successful executive development programmes. IMI is ranked number 1 in UK and Ireland for gender diversity on Open programmes.