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:

Quick fire Q&A with Sandra Bimont, E2W Advisory Board member

Katie.Dix / 14 Jan 2020

Quick fire Q&A with Sandra Bimont, E2W Advisory Board member

Sandra Bimont, E2W Advisory Board Member. Sandra Bimont is an experienced change executive with 22 years of experience across investment banks and management consulting firms. Her experience comprises business transformation, divestment, M&A, bank set-up, FinTech and strategy. Sandra has recently been nominated 2019 Winner of the CFTE-Onfido FinTech challenge....

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The Young Women’s Trust - Society must do more to support neurodiverse young women

Katie.Dix / 14 Jan 2020

The Young Women’s Trust - Society must do more to support neurodiverse young women

We are absolutely delighted to be partnered with the Young Women’s Trust, supporting their fantastic work and mission. We hold very similar values to the Young Women’s Trust and share a commitment to gender equality in the work place. The Young Women's Trust provide...

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Kat Hutchings: The difference between intention setting and goal setting.

Katie.Dix / 06 Jan 2020

Kat Hutchings: The difference between intention setting and goal setting.

What’s the difference between intention setting and goal setting? And why is it important?  This is a great time of year to reflect and be playful and curious about what 2020 could have in store.  In my experience goals are about ...

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Fair warning, it’s a bit of a rant in places. But I think it needs to be. Here are my hopes for 2020.

Mark.Freed / 02 Jan 2020

Fair warning, it’s a bit of a rant in places. But I think it needs to be. Here are my hopes for 2020.

It’s now 1:30 in the morning. I am not often up this late, but when I am, it’s usually because I’m partying with my wife, Tina. Tonight is different, though. Something is keeping me awake, which is rare. I have a task in the...

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E2W Member, Natalie Murray: An ORM Case Study

Katie.Dix / 17 Dec 2019

E2W Member, Natalie Murray: An ORM Case Study

E2W Member, Natalie Murray shares another article for E2W.  I am a seasoned banking professional with experience in Operational Risk Management, Internal Audit and project management, acquired from roles at top tier banks in London, New York and most recently, Singapore. This experience is augmented by successful...

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Quick fire Q&A with Cynthia Sweeney Barnes, E2W Advisory Board member

Katie.Dix / 17 Dec 2019

Quick fire Q&A with Cynthia Sweeney Barnes, E2W Advisory Board member

Cynthia Sweeney Barnes, E2W Advisory Board Member.  An energetic, versatile and impactful head of global financial services sales, service, product and operations teams with a demonstrable track record of success in the development and implementation of strategies leading to thriving organisations, enduring client relationships and the winning teams...

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Is the tide starting to turn?

Mark.Freed / 16 Dec 2019

Is the tide starting to turn?

Is the tide starting to turn? I’m sure most people reading this blog post have heard about (and maybe even taken part in) the criticism of the recent Peloton ad. It’s quite something for a company that makes exercise bikes to have produced a short video...

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One step forward, one step back.

Mark.Freed / 16 Dec 2019

One step forward, one step back.

One step forward, one step back I’m really not sure how to react to the recent news coming out of TSB. Their leadership team is having its bonuses cut for failing to hit its own gender balance goals for senior roles. That’s a positive sign that...

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E2W coaching partner, Kat Hutchings: How to deal with ‘idea thieves.’

Katie.Dix / 10 Dec 2019

E2W coaching partner, Kat Hutchings: How to deal with ‘idea thieves.’

E2W coaching partner, Kat Hutchings: How to deal with ‘idea thieves.’ I was speaking at an E2W event in London in November and one question I was asked was 'What do you do when you share an idea in a meeting and no one picks up...

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Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution

Mark.Freed / 10 Dec 2019

Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution

Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution Lots of research and analysis has focused on gender diversity. A recent Harvard Business Review article, for example, goes in to some detail about how to recruit more women to your company. It starts by citing LinkedIn research...

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Taking diversity seriously: gender identity

Katie.Dix / 10 Dec 2019

Taking diversity seriously: gender identity

Taking diversity seriously: gender identity While the gender balance at all levels of an organisation is an important, and measurable, element of a company’s diversity policy, it is by no means the only one. Creating an inclusive environment is also significant if you want to help everyone work...

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Dr Alessandra Wall - Nine things you can do to be a good ally

Katie.Dix / 10 Dec 2019

Dr Alessandra Wall - Nine things you can do to be a good ally

Nine things you can do to be a good ally “I’m just not sure what I can do about it…” “Listen, I’m not the one [insert discriminating behaviour or state]! So, what am I supposed to do?” It’s hard...

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Dave vs women

Mark.Freed / 04 Dec 2019

Dave vs women

Good news for Davids. Bad news for women. I saw a great statistic from Morning Star, a couple of weeks ago where they had run an analysis on UK-listed open-ended funds to explore the gender balance. I doubt you’ll need me to tell you that women were...

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The challenge of taking a break

Mark.Freed / 04 Dec 2019

The challenge of taking a break

One of the most important things in fund management, from a manager’s perspective at least, is their investment record. Analysts, and many investors, like to see long fund tenures without interruptions, but this works against anyone who takes a career break. For many years, this would have mainly...

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Making diversity a real imperative

Mark.Freed / 04 Dec 2019

Making diversity a real imperative

In late October, we reported on the launch of the latest Diversity Project Report: ‘Time to get serious: If diversity is a business imperative, treat it like one’. This was an impressive and well-argued document that clearly had the backing of many senior people in the industry, as...

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Janus Henderson is proud to launch a new Returner Programme for 2020

Katie.Dix / 03 Dec 2019

Janus Henderson is proud to launch a new Returner Programme for 2020

Location: London Start date: March 2020 Programme: 8 month returner programme Applications open: Monday 2nd December 2019 Applications close: Friday 3rd January 2020 We are delighted to see our partners Janus Henderson launching their Returner Programme, another demonstration of the commitment our clients have made to diversity and support women to continue and...

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A hard road to the top

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2019

A hard road to the top

I was very interested to read an article in Bloomberg earlier this month about women deserting trading floors as they are blocked from the path to management. It seems that for all the enthusiasm that financial companies show about bringing more women into their workforce, there is significantly less desire...

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Latest FCA research: Opportunities still limited for female senior managers

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2019

Latest FCA research: Opportunities still limited for female senior managers

Latest FCA research: Little change at the top Recently published research by the FCA paints a sorry picture for women at senior levels in the financial services industry. If you wanted to be generous (though why would you?), there would be a temptation to highlight the rapid growth in the...

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E2W coach Elizabeth ONeill - “People aren’t computers, but…”

Katie.Dix / 26 Nov 2019

E2W coach Elizabeth ONeill - “People aren’t computers, but…”

E2W coaching partner Elizabeth ONeill "After nearly 20 years of building and leading technical teams and organisational change, I know that people are the key to success." I remember my very first job like it was yesterday. I worked on Saturdays in the local sweet shop and I...

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E2W Member, Natalie Murray “The importance and effectiveness of Operational Risk Management in the global financial services sector.”

Katie.Dix / 26 Nov 2019

E2W Member, Natalie Murray “The importance and effectiveness of Operational Risk Management in the global financial services sector.”

E2W Member Natalie Murray: I am a seasoned banking professional with experience in Operational Risk Management, Internal Audit and project management, acquired from roles at top tier banks in London, New York and most recently, Singapore. This experience is augmented by successful academics - I am an award-winning MSc...

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