Grant Thornton LLP Celebrates International Women's Day with Inspirational Social Media Campaign

TORONTO, March 9, 2016 /CNW/ - Grant Thornton LLP pays tribute to International Women's Day by recognizing the importance of inclusivity within our national business communities. In recognition, Grant Thornton will be sharing words of inspiration via a new social media campaign, speaking to leadership, success, sponsorship and resilience. Three social posts will run on Grant Thornton social media channels each day from March 7 – 11, 2016. The posts will capture thoughts, sentiments and quotes that have inspired Grant Thornton leaders, sharing a call to action for others to inspire, #GTInspire.

"Most organizations understand the benefits of having a diverse leadership team—particularly in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world," said John Harris, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP. "Leading inclusively can often help businesses to uncover new growth opportunities, better understand their people, and even improve business performance."

Grant Thornton International Ltd. issued its annual International Business Report (IBR) focusing on Women in Business on March 8, 2016, where 5,520 businesses spanning 36 economies reveal a slight uptake of gender diversity in senior management positions. That said, a third of businesses still do not have inclusivity across their leadership teams.

"Some people wonder why organizations struggle to foster true diversity," said Dawne-Marie MacLeod, Partner & Leading Inclusively Leadership Council Chair at Grant Thornton LLP. "Too often it's because they continue to operate with a traditional approach and mind-set, which may diminish opportunities for new leaders and voices."

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Notes to editors
The Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) provides insight into the views and expectations of more than 10,000 businesses per year across 36 economies. This unique survey draws upon 22 years of trend data for most European participants and 11 years for many non-European economies. For more information, please visit: www.internationalbusinessreport.com

Data collection
Data collection is managed by Grant Thornton's core research partner, Millward Brown. Questionnaires are translated into local languages with each participating country having the option to ask a small number of country specific questions in addition to the core questionnaire. Fieldwork is undertaken on a quarterly basis. The research is carried out primarily by telephone.

Sample
IBR is a survey of both listed and privately held businesses. The data for this release are drawn from interviews with 5,520 chief executive officers, managing directors, chairmen or other senior executives from all industry sectors conducted between July and December 2015.

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Image with caption: "Anita Ferrari, FCPA, FCA, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP, shares inspirational reflection in new social media campaign #GTInspires, in recognition of #IWD2016. (CNW Group/Grant Thornton LLP)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160309_C7929_PHOTO_EN_642270.jpg

Image with caption: "Krista Han, CPA, CA, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP, shares inspirational reflection in new social media campaign #GTInspires, in recognition of #IWD2016. (CNW Group/Grant Thornton LLP)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160309_C7929_PHOTO_EN_642272.jpg

Image with caption: "Shari Burkholder, National Director, Grant Thornton LLP, shares inspirational reflection in new social media campaign #GTInspires, in recognition of #IWD2016. (CNW Group/Grant Thornton LLP)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160309_C7929_PHOTO_EN_642274.jpg

For further information: Amy Mulhern, Manager, Media Relations, T +1 (416) 360-4970 / M +1 (416) 550-8466, E Amy.Mulhern@ca.gt.com

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