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:

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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Global moves bring a different perspective

Mark Freed / 23 Jul 2018

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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State Street bans managers from asking about previous earnings

Mark Freed / 09 Jul 2018

State Street bans managers from asking about previous earnings

According to a report in Financial News State Street are banning managers from asking candidates about previous earnings.  Are women as good as men at negotiating salary packages?  Interesting topic that caused some debate in the E2W Limited office? Will banning managers...

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We like it when people do things without being asked.  HSBC has started down this route…

Mark Freed / 05 Jul 2018

We like it when people do things without being asked.  HSBC has started down this route…

We like it when people do things without being asked.  HSBC has started down this route – can it continue and make a difference?  Submitting to peer pressure – why it’s good for the financial services’ sector I think it’s fair to say...

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Inspiring Women - Laura Wallis Head of Overseas Banks Division, Prudential Regulation Authority

Mark Freed / 28 Jun 2018

Inspiring Women - Laura Wallis  Head of Overseas Banks Division, Prudential Regulation Authority

E2W is speaking to women who have been working in financial services over the decades to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women securing the vote. This month Laura Wallis shares her inspiring story.   Laura Wallis  Head of Overseas Banks Division | International Banks Supervision | Prudential...

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Recruiters – access the largest talent pool of female candidates in financial services

Mark Freed / 28 Jun 2018

Recruiters – access the largest talent pool of female candidates in financial services

The recruitment departments of the country’s leading financial institutions retain E2W as a key component of their recruitment strategy to find the best female candidates for their senior roles.  Drawing on our membership network, we are able to introduce highly capable, professional female candidates for...

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Inspiring Women -  Kathrine Switzer

Mark Freed / 23 Jun 2018

Inspiring Women -  Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Virginia "Kathy" Switzer (born January 5, 1947, in Amberg, Germany is an American marathon runner, author, and television commentator. In 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. During her run, race official Jock Semple...

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Fiona Murden helps some of the most successful people in the world to understand their behaviour

Mark Freed / 20 Jun 2018

Fiona Murden helps some of the most successful people in the world to understand their behaviour

E2W members have been treated to two workshops run by our friend, Fiona Murden. In May 2017 Fiona ran a workshop entitled ‘Becoming a better version of yourself’.  We were fascinated to hear Fiona’s insights into the impacts of neuroscience, perceptions of position...

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The runners and riders in the “Diversity Stakes”

Mark Freed / 15 Jun 2018

The runners and riders in the “Diversity Stakes”

What does it take for a financial services firm to win the diversity race?  How to place your money on a winner – what to look out for in a winning organisation. I am not a betting man, never have been and probably never will be but with Royal...

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Treasury Committee -  Women in finance

Mark Freed / 13 Jun 2018

Treasury Committee  -  Women in finance

The Treasury Committee launched its Women in Finance inquiry on 19 October 2017 to: Examine the value to financial firms of having greater gender balance across all job grades and functions; Identify the barriers to women entering and progressing their careers in the financial services industry and whether they are more prevalent...

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“Women have to achieve more, work harder…”

Tina.Freed / 12 Jun 2018

“Women have to achieve more, work harder…”

An intersteting and insightful interview with Anne Boden Starling Bank founder in The Guardian  “Women have to achieve more, work harder, and be much more perfect to get the job compared with a man. As long as we have the majority of promotions and appointments being made by...

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For London to be a truly equal city, women must be equally represented in positions of power

Mark Freed / 29 May 2018

For London to be a truly equal city, women must be equally represented in positions of power

Brilliant video from Greater London Authority and Sadiq Khan promoting their ‘Our Time: Supporting Future Leaders’ initiative.  For London to be a truly equal city, women must be equally represented in positions of power.  Will any Financial Services Firms commit / participate?  If anyone...

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LGIM is shaking up the world of investment management

Mark Freed / 23 May 2018

LGIM is shaking up the world of investment management

After a diverse investment portfolio?  How about a gender diversity focussed fund? LGIM has created the first fund that has gender diversity of organisations as an investment criterium – we applaud them.   As you know, E2W is one of the companies trying to shake up the...

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Then something totally out of the ordinary happens. A Dad walks in.

Mark Freed / 22 May 2018

Then something totally out of the ordinary happens. A Dad walks in.

Boardrooms to Babies Business lends a hand to encourage Dad’s uptake of parental leave, to advance gender equality for all  As a new parent, getting out of the house and meeting people is essential; a lifeline for many, in fact. There’s music classes, baby...

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Courageous Conversations

Mark Freed / 21 May 2018

Courageous Conversations

Achieving positive outcomes from difficult discussions If you are expecting a conversation to be difficult or awkward, it probably will be – here are six points from the E2W Career Coach to help you prepare. Why do we find some conversations difficult?  What makes some conversations require more...

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Fearless Girl meets Robyn

Mark Freed / 17 May 2018

Fearless Girl meets Robyn

Fearless Girl who has inspired many and become a global symbol of diversity meets Robyn Clarke who in the last year has, along with the rest of the brilliant team at E2W Limited, helped and supported hundreds of women to progress, return to or continue in their financial...

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Gender pay gap hits 91% for financial services workers earning more than £1m a year

Mark Freed / 14 May 2018

Gender pay gap hits 91% for financial services workers earning more than £1m a year

Reported in The Independant - Read the full article.  The gender pay gap is 91 per cent for people earning £1m or more annually in UK financial services companies, and it is getting wider, new research reveals. The average gap between what men and women are paid...

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