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The following are a selection of news and thought leadership articles created for our Members and shared here for all:

Don’t give me a problem, give me a solution…

Mark.Freed / 20 Dec 2022

Don’t give me a problem, give me a solution…

Thanks Diana Parkes for your contribution to our blog, we are excited to be collaborating with you, please read below Diana's comments below about her book and the discount we are offering our community. ‘Don’t give me a problem, give me a solution’. That&rsquo...

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Wishing all our E2W and Men for Inclusion Members a Happy Christmas and successful New Year

Katie.Dix / 19 Dec 2022

Wishing all our E2W and Men for Inclusion Members a Happy Christmas and successful New Year

Thank you to all our members, clients and community for another fantastic year. As a community we have continued to work together and support one another whilst growing and diversifying our business. We have successfully hosted a huge amount of virtual and in person events including: Twenty...

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International Men’s Day Event: The Current State of Allyship

Tina.Freed / 17 Nov 2022

International Men’s Day Event: The Current State of Allyship

Spoiler Alert: Men for Inclusion in partnership with E2W, Women on the Wharf and the Diversity Project are collecting data on the lived experiences of working people. The full results will be launched on International Women’s Day in March 2023. To coincide with International Men&rsquo...

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Research into Lived Experience

Mark.Freed / 13 Oct 2022

Research into Lived Experience

Updating the ground breaking Cambridge University research that our co-founder led into men and women collaborating with each other in the workplace we at E2W and Men for Inclusion in partnership with Women on the Wharf and The Diversity Project are undertaking a refresh and update of...

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They think it’s all over - but for some it’s just starting…

Katie.Dix / 25 Jul 2022

They think it’s all over - but for some it’s just starting…

Please enjoy a short round up of our hugely successful event hosted by Sky Sports last Wednesday,  “They think it’s all over” - How gender equality in the workplace still needs everyone’s effort   Men for Inclusion are bringing together men who already...

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They think it’s all over…

Mark.Freed / 20 Jul 2022

They think it’s all over…

England are playing Spain in the quarter finals of the Euro’s. I wish them all the best and will be supporting them all the way. You can do this! 'They think it’s all over' is one of the most famous sporting commentaries sayings. In 1966...

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Foundation Industries

Mark.Freed / 01 Jul 2022

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Foundation Industries

Men for Inclusion Founder Gary Ford contributes to the disucssion on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Foundation Industries The Foundation Industries face challenges in delivering sustainable practices that meet UK Government Net-Zero targets. Without significant investment to transform the workplace and embed equality, diversity and inclusion, these industries...

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Mark Freed - Dreams

Mark.Freed / 25 Apr 2022

Mark Freed - Dreams

Last week, Katie Dix and I spent the morning with City Gateway for their Welcome Day. We met the new cohort of young people who are looking to get themselves job ready by embarking on courses, gaining extra qualifications and receiving coaching from their experts. I...

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A firm by firm analysis of how financial services sectors are progressing to close the gender pay gap.

Mark.Freed / 25 Apr 2022

A firm by firm analysis of how financial services sectors are progressing to close the gender pay gap.

A firm by firm analysis of how the Investment and Savings and Corporate and Investment Banking sectors are progressing to close the gender pay gap. The above image is supposed to illustrate how I may look in 2050, compared with recently. The picture is a bit of fun, which of...

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CFA Virtual Event - Driving DEI within Financial Services Organisations

Mark.Freed / 05 Apr 2022

CFA Virtual Event - Driving DEI within Financial Services Organisations

Driving DEI within Financial Services Organisations - A Practitioner's Perspective I had the absolute pleasure of working with Victoria Thompson, CFA, Dominie Moss, Noreen Biddle Shah and Leanne Mair recently at the CFA UK event. You can watch the full recording...

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Women in Finance Blueprint 2022 - Unconscious Bias’s in the Recruitment Process

Mark.Freed / 28 Mar 2022

Women in Finance Blueprint 2022  - Unconscious Bias’s in the Recruitment Process

The Women in Finance Charter – Women in Finance Blueprint 2022 recognised that if the industry  are going to meet their D&I commitments, and in doing so become better more profitable and sustainable businesses, then reviewing and restructuring recruitment process for unconscious bias is a top imperative. ...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day at Christies London 10/03/2022

Katie.Dix / 14 Mar 2022

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Christies London 10/03/2022

Well, what can I say…what a fantastic evening celebrating #internationalwomensday2022 Thank you to all E2W/Men for Inclusion members and friends, who attended yesterday evening. The #breakthebias breakout activities were a huge success and created some very interesting discussions. Whilst not forgetting...

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Male Allies - Diversity Project and Men for Inclusion Publication

Mark.Freed / 08 Mar 2022

Male Allies - Diversity Project and Men for Inclusion Publication

In a society where customers, employees, and investors see equity and inclusion as a necessity, allyship is increasingly becoming an essential part of the D&I toolkit. Inclusive cultures not only result in more diverse workplaces, but they also have many benefits that are enjoyed by all, including men....

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Men for Inclusion - Retaining Talent

Mark.Freed / 17 Feb 2022

Men for Inclusion - Retaining Talent

Men for Inclusion are bringing together men who already understand the benefits of diversity and want to accelerate towards a more inclusive world and workplace. Together we can learn and co-operate with each other through our events and workshops. Together we can be agents of change supporting our colleagues...

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When the solution is part of the problem

Mark.Freed / 02 Feb 2022

When the solution is part of the problem

A snippet from a real email exchange I had this week... Hiring Manager to CEO: You mentioned that you knew a headhunter who specialised in female investment professionals – this would be greatly appreciated as I have not had any women apply for previous roles via our Talent Team. ...

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Male Allies - Knights in Shining Armour or Reducing Accidental Sexisms?

Mark.Freed / 28 Jan 2022

Male Allies - Knights in Shining Armour or Reducing Accidental Sexisms?

I am preparing to sit on some ‘male ally’ panels and deliver some keynotes in connection with International Women’s Day in March. This years theme is ‘Break the Bias.’ On these panels I quite often hear women talking about the time that a man...

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Why I’m done trying to be “man enough” | Justin Baldoni

Mark.Freed / 28 Jan 2022

Why I’m done trying to be “man enough” | Justin Baldoni

This is a really good listen....  Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the...

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Wow what a week…..

Mark.Freed / 15 Jan 2022

Wow what a week…..

This was my first week back after an extended New Year Break and wow what a week we have had. Bring on Monday we want more:- E2W : We are helping three of our members who have received and are considering offers from our amazing clients, to make...

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Empowering women to dance like no one is watching!

Mark.Freed / 01 Dec 2021

Empowering women to dance like no one is watching!

Mark shares his thoughts as a follow up to the previous blog, ‘Diversity is an invitation to a ball, inclusion is being asked to dance and equity is being able to dance as though no one is watching.’. Last week, I shared the stories of three men, pictured...

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Diversity is being invited to the ball, inclusion is being asked to dance and equity is being able to dance as if no one is watching.

Mark.Freed / 25 Nov 2021

Diversity is being invited to the ball, inclusion is being asked to dance and equity is being able to dance as if no one is watching.

I’ve heard this old metaphor rolled out a few times in recent weeks. For most women and other people from underrepresented groups it resounds, like most metaphors, to a point. It gives a view of what those from underrepresented groups are asking for, demanding and what...

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