Background

Prior to becoming an academic, Ruth was the Managing Director of a specialist holiday company, which she sold to a larger tour operator. She then worked for a number of years as a Business Psychology Consultant, with clients such as Airbus(UK), RHR International, and Bank for International Settlements (Switzerland). She specialised in process-oriented Developmental Feedback based on a variety of psychometric instruments, including Cognitive Processing Profile, MBTI (Step 2), and Emotional Intelligence tools.


Current activities

Ruth has been the lead researcher of the annual Female FTSE Report since 2007. Sponsored by government and major organizations, the report analyses the demographic composition of the FTSE 350 corporate boards and executive committees. She has co-authored similar reports in Hong Kong and India. Ruth has presented the reports' findings to both academic and practitioner audiences, globally. The annual report has a considerable reputation and research impact, with the findings cited in 100+ broadsheet newspapers, radio and television channels, and practitioner journals across the world each year. Her doctoral research considered the importance of role models for female directors in investment banks, and organizational demography may affect their work identity formation and career aspirations. Ruth has spoken at many academic and practitioner conferences, lectures on MBA and MSc courses, and has written a number of reports, book chapters and journal articles. She has co-authored papers which have won Best Paper awards at both British Academy of Management and American Academy of Management Conferences. 

Ruth is a member of the editorial review board for Gender in Management - an International Journal. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, the British Psychological Society, Association of Business Psychologists and Institute of Directors. 


Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Sealy R & Doherty N (2013) The symbolic role of the accountancy qualification in legitimising women's appointment to corporate boards.. In: 6th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference, 2013, Athens, 1 July 2013.
  • Doherty N & Sealy R (2013) Career capital development for female board members. In: BAM 2013: British Academy of Management annual conference, Liverpool, 10 September 2013.
  • Sealy R & Doherty N (2012) Role models for senior women in investment banking: Affective and symbolic values.. In: 2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 3 August 2012.
  • Atewologun D & Sealy R (2011) Advancing Racio-ethnic diversity theorising through intersectional identity work. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2011**, San Antonio, TX, 12-16 August 2011.
  • Anderson D & Sealy R (2010) Equality and diversity in UK Higher Education Institutes. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2010**, Montreal, 6-10 August 2010.
  • Anderson D, Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2010) Diversity of Governing Bodies of Higher Education Institutions: Positive attitudes, negative practices?. In: Gender Work & Organization Conference, Keele, 24 June 2010.
  • Doldor, E, Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2010) Increasing gender diversity on public and private boards: obstacles and initiatives.. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2010**, Montreal, 6-10 August 2010.
  • Sealy R (2009) Women on Boards - Is progress sustainable in times of economic crisis?. In: 2009 Academy of Management annual meeting: green management matters, Chicago, IL, 7 August 2009.
  • Sealy R (2009) How senior women experience extreme gender-imbalanced work environments. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Brighton.
  • Sealy R (2009) Women's progress towards the boardroom in economically turbulent times. In: International Conference on Leadership through the Gender Lens: Women, Men and Equality in Organizations, Helsinki, 22 October 2009.
  • Sealy R (2008) Role models and identity formation for female directors in banking. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Harrogate.
  • Sealy R (2008) Women in leadership in the 21st century. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Harrogate.
  • Sealy R, Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2008) FTSE 350 Female directors and women in the executive committees. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, 8 August 2008.
  • Sealy R & Singh V (2008) Changing the faces at the top for better governance: the value of female role models. In: EABIS 2008 Colloquium: Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Cranfield.
  • Herzfelt R, Chrobot-Mason D, Gentry B, Khapova S, Korotov K, Lasher A, Ruderman M, Sealy R, Vinnicombe S & Singh V (2008) Understanding career development of European women in Russia, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, 8 August 2008.
  • Sealy R (2008) The importance of female role models for senior women in investment banks. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim, 8 August 2008.
  • Sealy R (2007) Relational Identity and Identification: The importance of senior female role models. In: Conference proceedings 2007 : British Academy of Management : management research, education and business success : is the future as clear as the past?, Warwick, 11 September 2007.
  • Sealy R (2007) The Importance of Female Role Models for Senior Women in Varying Organisational Demographic Contexts - the Diversity Directors' Views. In: Gender, Work & Organisation Conference, Keele.
  • Sealy R & Singh V (2006) Role models, work identity and senior womens career progression Why are role models important?. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta.
  • Sealy R (2006) An exploration of the effect of organisational demorgraphics and the lack of senior female role models on women's career progression. In: European Academy of Management Conference, Oslo, 17 May 2006.
  • Sealy R (2005) An exploration of the relationship between close versus distant female role models and the career ambitions of female managers. In: Gender, Work & Organisation Conference, Keele.
  • Sealy R (2005) An exploration of the impact of close versus distant female role models on career ambitions of female managers. In: British Academy of Management Conference, Oxford.

Books

  • Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2013) Women on boards in the UK: accelerating the pace of change?. In: Getting Women on to Corporate Boards: A Snowball Starting in Norway. Machold S, Huse M, Hansen K, Brogi M (ed.), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 191-200.
  • Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2012) Women and the governance of corporate boards. In: The SAGE handbook of corporate goverance. Clarke T, Branson D (ed.), Sydney: SAGE, p. 325-344.
  • Sealy R & Vinnicombe S (2010) Women on top corporate boards: The slow progress and initiatives that provide change. In: Leadership through the gender lens: Women and men in organisations. Husu L, Hearn J, Lamsa A, Vanhala S (ed.), Helsinki, Finland: Hanken School of Economics.
  • Sealy R & Singh V (2008) The importance of role models in the development of leaders' professional identity. In: Leadership Learning: Knowledge into Action. Turnbull James K, Collins J (ed.), Palgrave.
  • Sealy R (2008) The Glass Cliff and other Metaphors. In: Women@Work - Women on Boards.
  • Sealy R, Singh V & Vinnicombe S (2008) The pipeline to the board finally opens: Women's progress on FTSE 100 boards in the UK. In: Women on corporate boards of directors. Vinnicombe Susan, Singh Val, Burke Ron, Bilimoria Diana, Huse Morten (ed.), Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, p. 37-46.