Women in Financial Services Blog

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

Goldman Sachs leading the way in recruiting more women

Mark Freed / 15 Oct 2018

Goldman Sachs leading the way in recruiting more women

Goldman Sachs is making the news at the moment as CEO of 12 years Lloyd Blankfein steps down and hands over the reins of this behemoth of investment banking to David Solomon.  But I would like to bring your attention to something else, something that really matters to us at...

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Contribute to a Women in Finance Roundtable Hosted by Nicky Morgan MP

Mark Freed / 12 Oct 2018

Contribute to a Women in Finance Roundtable Hosted by Nicky Morgan MP

The Treasury Select Committee’s recent inquiry into Women in Finance identified recruitment practices as one of the key areas inhibiting the progression of women in the industry. We are delighted to announce that with a keen interest in the topic and to gain further insight Nicky Morgan MP,...

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Janus Henderson is meeting its commitment to the Women in Finance Charter with the help of E2W

Tina.Freed / 10 Oct 2018

Janus Henderson is meeting its commitment to the Women in Finance Charter with the help of E2W

Janus Henderson is committed to improving diversity for the benefit of the firm, their clients and their people. In September 2017  they signed the Women in Finance Charter publicly setting a goal that by 2022, 25% (with a 5% tolerance) of its senior management in the UK would be women. To achieve...

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Today is International Day of the Girl - What did you want to be when you were little?

Tina.Freed / 10 Oct 2018

Today is International Day of the Girl - What did you want to be when you were little?

Today is International Day of the Girl – we asked our members to recount what they had wanted to be, who supported them and what stood in their way.  Today is International Day of the Girl, a United Nations’ day of observance to highlight and address the needs...

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Help three young women on their journey to becoming leaders in Financial Services

Tina.Freed / 10 Oct 2018

Help three young women on their journey to becoming leaders in Financial Services

Today is International Day of the Girl – 600 million adolescent girls will enter the workforce in the next decade. Meet three of E2W and CISI’s graduates and read about their plans for the future, support networks and hurdles. Today is International Day of the Girl, a United...

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Juggling a career in finance and motherhood

Tina.Freed / 27 Sep 2018

Juggling a career in finance and motherhood

An Investment Banker has this advice for working Mothers – don’t neglect your children or your work. Juggling the demands of a family and a career in finance is tricky and requires a lot of organising, time management and effort. When considering a family whilst climbing the career...

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October 11th is the International Day of the Girl

Mark Freed / 25 Sep 2018

October 11th is the International Day of the Girl

October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, a day that promotes girls' rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys.     We would like to celebrate the day by sharing some of your childhood aspirations, plus the stories behind the mentors or supporters...

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“It Pays for Women to be Financially Independent”  says E2W member Olga Stepien

Mark Freed / 25 Sep 2018

“It Pays for Women to be Financially Independent”  says E2W member Olga Stepien

E2W are delighted to share the thoughts of our members and help them increase their  profile in the industry. If you have something to say we would be delighted to publish it -  your thoughts, ideas or story.  Contact Mark for more details.    Why...

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E2W Select Candidate - 25+ years experience of leading a global Prime Broker

Mark Freed / 21 Sep 2018

E2W Select Candidate - 25+ years experience of leading a global Prime Broker

An E2W member with over 25 years experience of leading a global Prime Broker has asked us to help her find a new challenge commensurate with her significant skills and large enough to be fulfilling and rewarding.  ‘D’ has a wide breadth of experience having built a...

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Is the ‘glass ceiling’ still in existence today?

Mark Freed / 20 Sep 2018

Is the ‘glass ceiling’ still in existence today?

Doctor Who and the glass ceiling  The phrase ‘glass ceiling’ is 40 years old this year – is it still relevant in today’s workplace?  Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who, it’s interesting that for the first time there...

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Women – get your firm working for you

Mark Freed / 10 Sep 2018

Women – get your firm working for you

Initial contributors to our survey are helping us to start to gather an eye-opening understanding of the current gender diversity landscape in financial services. They have highlighted the ‘laddish’, ‘politically incorrect’ culture within their firms, told us that they don’t feel that...

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Inspiring Women - Priscila Rocco Ignacio - Realising My Dreams

Mark Freed / 10 Sep 2018

Inspiring Women - Priscila Rocco Ignacio - Realising My Dreams

Inspiring Women - Priscila Rocco Ignacio - Realising My Dreams   My career has taken me from Brazil to England, and from law firms to financial services.  I’ve worked hard to become a specialist in my field and I feel as though I’ve seized...

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The Gender Debate (it’s not all about women!) - “Behind every great man is a great woman,”

Mark Freed / 10 Sep 2018

The Gender Debate (it’s not all about women!) - “Behind every great man is a great woman,”

“Beside every great person is another great person, living and working as they would like.”    “Behind every great man is a great woman,” is these days considered a rather archaic expression, one that harks back to times gone by, thankfully, when wives, seemingly, selflessly...

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“What’s a man doing this for?”

Mark Freed / 23 Aug 2018

“What’s a man doing this for?”

I often find myself in the position of frontman for E2W.  The firm dedicates itself to supporting the financial services careers of women and helping banks to collect the gender dividend. As frontman I regularly meet new people. The brave ones ask “What's a man...

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Inspiring Women - Mihaela Breg has carved out her global career….

Mark Freed / 23 Aug 2018

Inspiring Women - Mihaela Breg has carved out her global career….

Romania, Brussels, New York, Bangkok, London – Mihaela Breg has carved out her global career with hard work, self-sufficiency and determination. I have enjoyed a really diverse career, travelling the world with my roles and experiencing many different working environments.  I’ve learnt that the journey is...

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Inspiring Women -  ‘Signing a gagging clause set me free’

Mark Freed / 12 Aug 2018

Inspiring Women -  ‘Signing a gagging clause set me free’

Story reproduced from the BBC 100 Women Series: 'Signing a gagging clause set me free' Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have been in the news recently - their controversial use by Harvey Weinstein and President Trump's lawyer has led some to question whether they disempower women. Here, one woman tells her story...

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How E2W can help you boost gender diversity in your organisation

Mark Freed / 12 Aug 2018

How E2W can help you boost gender diversity in your organisation

Are you an organisation struggling to tackle your gender pay gap?  To attract women into senior roles?  To retain women?  Read on to see how E2W can help… Like the common cold, it seems that everyone has an opinion on the best way to &lsquo...

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Working in Risk:  An E2W Networking Event

Mark Freed / 25 Jul 2018

Working in Risk:  An E2W Networking Event

Another fantastic E2W event! With talks from Monica Summerville and Nidhi Nikum, our members had the opportunity to learn and discuss raising their profiles and visibility whilst networking with like-minded, brilliant women. The room was abuzz with people sharing stories, experiences and advice. Thank you to Charles Brooks ...

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Inspiring Women - Nidhi Nikum - Global moves bring a different perspective

Mark Freed / 23 Jul 2018

Inspiring Women - Nidhi Nikum - Global moves bring a different perspective

Embracing new experiences, rolling up sleeves and getting stuck in!  Nidhi Nikum has enjoyed a varied career in IT with ANZ, travelling the world with her job.  She has shared some of her experiences and, indeed, highlights with E2W.  I’ve been at ANZ for...

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BAML hires more female interns as banks battle gender disparity

Mark Freed / 18 Jul 2018

BAML hires more female interns as banks battle gender disparity

A recent report in Financial News congratulated a number of Investment Banks for nearly reaching a 50/50 graduate intake. But why? None of the Banks actually have a major problem at junior level. Bank of America for example has broadly 50% gender split among its lower quartile...

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