Claudia Parzani and Michael Kent recognised as leaders for gender diversity in the 2019 HERoes campaign

Claudia Parzani and Michael Kent recognised as leaders for gender diversity in the 2019 HERoes campaign  

We are pleased to announce that Claudia Parzani, Managing Partner Western Europe and Global Business Development and Marketing Partner, and Michael Kent, Financial Regulation Partner and former Global Head of Finance and Projects in London, have been recognised as leaders for gender diversity in the HERoes Women Role Model Lists 2019.

The HERoes Women Role Model Lists supported by Yahoo Finance are a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of women in the business community.

Claudia has been included in the 100 Women Executives category which celebrates 100 women who are leading by example and driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace.

Similar recognitions have been received by Claudia in 2018 (Financial Times and HERoes / Top 10 Female Role Model) and in 2017 (Financial Times and HERoes / top 10 Champion of Women in Business).

Michael has been included in the 40 Advocate Executives list which recognises senior leaders who are advocates for women in business and dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive business environment for women. 

Claudia is a member of the firm’s Executive committee and the Global Gender Champion. She actively sponsors the gender action plan including the Women’s Leadership Programme, a development and sponsorship programme for Senior Associates, and Stepping Forward, a new coaching programme for Young Associates. Both initiatives aim to retain, develop and progress talented women in the firm. For the Milan office she has established Breakfast@linklaters, breakfast forums for the female business community involving representatives from top tier organisations.

Michael was the Executive Committee’s Gender Champion for the last three years, during which time he sought to act as a role model to partners and lawyers across the firm on issues relating to gender equality. He took responsibility for ensuring that the firm and the Finance and Projects Division which met its target of electing 30% new female partners over the past two years. Michael launched and led the firm’s HeForShe group, organising events, campaigns and internal efforts to promote the group to the largest audience possible, resulting in 212 male staff signing up in the UK alone. He also sponsored Stepping Forward, the firm’s newest talent development programme for more junior female associates.

Commenting on her recognition, Claudia said:
“Through our programmes and initiatives we want to encourage and inspire young women to follow their dreams and remind them that they have all the hallmarks in order to arrive where they wish and that the only limits are those we impose on ourselves. My dream is to leave a better world, a world where merit is the rule and gender doesn't matter. We should all work together against stereotypes that limit aspirations so that we can remove barriers for female progression.”
Commenting on his recognition, Michael said:
“To make real, meaningful progress to tackle gender imbalance, we recognise that men need to be actively part of the conversation. At Linklaters we encourage colleagues to inspire others to learn more and commit to being part of the change that we need in society and our business.”

Claudia is the firm’s Managing Partner for Western Europe and Global Business Development and Marketing Partner. For 3 years she was President of Valore D – an association of 200 companies supporting women’s leadership. She is also Chair of Allianz Italia and Deputy Chair of the Italian Stock Exchange as well as external member of Politecnico di Milano, the largest technical university in Italy.

Michael is a Financial Regulation Partner and former Global Head of Finance and Projects for Linklaters in London. He has been a powerful industry voice sharing views, experiences and best practice for gender diversity with other business leaders introducing gender related initiatives within their own organisations.  Within the legal industry he has been a vocal champion for greater gender equality and opportunity, helping to lead discussions with other senior partners from law firms across the City.