Mary Seighart

Mary Ann Sieghart Keynote Speaker

  • Broadcaster, journalist and author of bestselling book, 'The Authority Gap' (2021)
  • Assistant Editor, The Times (1998-2007)
  • Highly versatile moderator and engaging speaker on gender bias

Mary Ann Sieghart's Biography

Mary Ann Sieghart is a highly regarded current affairs commentator and presenter, whose best-selling book ‘The Authority Gap’ looks at how we still don’t take women as seriously as men, and what we can do about it. Having examined all the research, she is full of ideas for how organisations can tackle gender bias and help more women reach the top.

Mary Ann began her career as a Eurobond correspondent and Lex Columnist at the Financial Times, before moving to become Business Editor of Today newspaper. In 1988, she joined The Times, where she worked as Comment Editor, Arts Editor, Chief Political leader-writer and columnist. In 2007, she left the paper to pursue portfolio work. She remains a regular contributor to print media.

In 2008, she was a founding partner of The Browser website, a current affairs content aggregation website. In the same year she joined Newshour, the BBC World Service’s flagship news and current affairs programme, as a presenter. From 2010 to 2012, she wrote a weekly column in The Independent about politics, economics and social affairs.

Mary Ann continues to work as a regular broadcaster, appearing on BBC Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Woman’s Hour and has presented Start the Week, Fallout, Analysis, Profile and One to One on BBC Radio 4, as well as many one-off documentaries.

She is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and currently sits on the boards of the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian and The Observer), the Merchants Trust and Pantheon International. Mary Ann chaired the Social Market Foundation think tank for ten years, and has been a non-executive director of the Ofcom Content Board, Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust, DLN Digital, and the Council of Tate Modern.

Testimonials

“THANK YOU to Mary Ann for her excellent presentation to our Women in ABF group this week.  We’ve received heaps of emphatic praise for her and for the content of her talk.  Everyone wants a book, too! Thanks again. It was truly a great experience for us.” – AB Mauri

“We are deeply grateful for the time you spent with us last week. Our guests were effusive in their feedback. Yours is the right topic at the right time. We hope our guests’ heightened awareness of the authority gap and practical tools to overcome it will result in better decisions and better outcomes.”Cardano Risk Management 

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Videos of Mary Ann Sieghart

Women in Defence UK Conference 2021 - The Authority Gap with Mary Ann Sieghart
Women in Defence UK Conference 2021 - The Authority Gap with Mary Ann Sieghart
The Institute of Art and Ideas | The gender authority gap | Mary Ann Seighart
The Institute of Art and Ideas | The gender authority gap | Mary Ann Seighart
Bridges | Mary Ann Sieghart | TEDxGreekStWomen
Bridges | Mary Ann Sieghart | TEDxGreekStWomen
Mary Ann Sieghart | Flimsy feminism: Examining your biases
Mary Ann Sieghart | Flimsy feminism: Examining your biases
Speaking against the motion that
Speaking against the motion that "Too Many People go to University"
On why Kensington and Chelsea is Britain's Monaco
On why Kensington and Chelsea is Britain's Monaco

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Books by Mary Ann Sieghart

Mary Ann Seighart book cover
The Authority Gap: Why women are still taken less seriously than men, and what we can do about it

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