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:

Why are we taking a bottom up approach to diversity when the problem is at the top?

Mark.Freed / 13 Nov 2019

Why are we taking a bottom up approach to diversity when the problem is at the top?

This week I have met a number of people, separately, from a major investment bank here in London. I shall not name the bank as most readers will recognise the problem at their own banks. The bank’s gender pay gap report statistics are not dissimilar to...

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FCA Report: “Financial Services – senior jobs are still mostly for the boys”

Mark.Freed / 13 Nov 2019

FCA Report: “Financial Services – senior jobs are still mostly for the boys”

As we are preparing for our round table with Julia Hoggett, Director of Market Oversight at the FCA, we were interested to read a new report from the FCA.  “Despite businesses facing ever greater scrutiny and criticism over gender diversity – with few industries more in the spotlight...

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Aleesah’s Story - How your support helps young women achieve their aspirations

Katie.Dix / 12 Nov 2019

Aleesah’s Story - How your support helps young women achieve their aspirations

On Saturday, some of the E2W team and friends completed a 6K Commando Series Obstacle Course to raise money for our nominated charity, The Young Women’s Trust. The course proved both mentally and physically challenging and was exacerbated by the very cold and very wet weather! As...

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Olga Anderson ‘Style is an expression of your personal style.’

Katie.Dix / 07 Nov 2019

Olga Anderson ‘Style is an expression of your personal style.’

How personal style communicates your personal brand and how to make that first impression count. Personal style is an amalgamation of many things - what suits your body shape, the things you like, the colours that work for you, the pieces that make you feel great. Personal style is...

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Can you support Rose and Madeleine with a placement year within Financial Services?

Tina.Freed / 04 Nov 2019

Can you support Rose and Madeleine with a placement year within Financial Services?

Can you help two exceptional young women to take their next step forward into a career in financial services? In 2017 the E2W community sponsored and mentored Rose and Madeleine, to take the CISI Fundamentals of Financial Services course. Rose and Madeleine, were then still at school studying A Levels,...

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Investec launch their Return to Work Programme

Katie.Dix / 04 Nov 2019

Investec launch their Return to Work Programme

We are delighted to see that Investec have launched a market leading return to Work Programme.   Not all careers in financial services are the same: It is possible to combine professional success with the entrepreneurial spirit and genuine relationships that bring an organisation to life. The answer lies in...

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Standard Life Aberdeen - Parental Leave

Mark.Freed / 30 Oct 2019

Standard Life Aberdeen - Parental Leave

Congratulaitons to Standard Life Aberdeen Congratulations and big well done to Standard Life Aberdeen who this week announced a new, market-leading parent leave policy that sets a new precedent across businesses in the UK. From 1 January 2020, all employees in the UK welcoming a child into their family will be...

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The Three Role Challenge

Mark.Freed / 30 Oct 2019

The Three Role Challenge

About now many firms will be in the midst of preparing their commentary to accompany their gender pay gap reports.   Most firms last year used the excuse of lack of female talent. This is something we at E2W find hard to believe. We have an abundance of...

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Time to get serious: If diversity is a business imperative, treat it like one!

Mark.Freed / 29 Oct 2019

Time to get serious: If diversity is a business imperative, treat it like one!

The Diversity Project and PWC have recently issued a new report “Diversity and inclusion in investment management” The report gives gender pay reporting praise for bringing the lack of diversity within the industry into sharp focus and added weight to the voices calling for faster change. ...

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Dr Alessandra Wall - 3 Pieces of Advice Every Strong Driven Woman Should Follow

Katie.Dix / 23 Oct 2019

Dr Alessandra Wall - 3 Pieces of Advice Every Strong Driven Woman Should Follow

3 Pieces of Advice Every Strong Driven Woman Should Follow This past weekend was my mother's birthday. It was a big birthday, one that had me thinking about her legacy and the impact she's had on my life. In her honor, I wanted to share three life lessons that...

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Can we make diversity a priority over all other recruitment strategies and policies?

Mark.Freed / 22 Oct 2019

Can we make diversity a priority over all other recruitment strategies and policies?

I attended an event this morning alongside HR and recruitment professionals from major investment managers. The discussion was focussed on exploring how to attract, recruit and retain more members of the LGBTQ+ community.    Not surprisingly, the challenges faced by the community are similar to those faced by...

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Sharing your frustrations and challenges

Mark.Freed / 16 Oct 2019

Sharing your frustrations and challenges

We get many emails from members of our community sharing their frustrations and challenges.   We received this one this week following up on some work I had done to call out some bad practice at a bank. Do you feel like this? Does it highlight the challenges faced by...

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Sponsor Team E2W and Help the Young Women’s Trust

Katie.Dix / 15 Oct 2019

Sponsor Team E2W and Help the Young Women’s Trust

On the 9th of November 2019, the E2W team will be taking part in a 6k Commando Obstacle Course. This challenge comprises of 24 of the toughest obstacles, straight out of the Commando test book. The course is the only event that can recreate the mud, sweat and pain of modern...

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E2W coach Elizabeth ONeill - Mentoring and Coaching are not the same.

Katie.Dix / 10 Oct 2019

E2W coach Elizabeth ONeill - Mentoring and Coaching are not the same.

"After nearly 20 years of building and leading technical teams and organisational change, I know that people are the key to success." Elizabeth is leading an E2W event discussing Leaders in Technology on the 28th November, kindly hosted by Liquidnet. You can register your space...

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Jane Johnson “I increasingly see diversity handled as a campaign or even a commercial product, when it’s actually about huge cultural change.”

Katie.Dix / 09 Oct 2019

Jane Johnson “I increasingly see diversity handled as a campaign or even a commercial product, when it’s actually about huge cultural change.”

Are firms spending more on promoting themselves as being diverse and inclusive than they are on making the changes necessary to move the dial? Many of our regular readers will have noticed the rising levels of frustration that having invested in and built a capability to be able to quickly...

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“All too often, you look upwards for allies and ignore the guy that is sitting right next you.”

Mark.Freed / 30 Sep 2019

“All too often, you look upwards for allies and ignore the guy that is sitting right next you.”

I am delighted to have been invited to speak at Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (PIMFA) Women in Wealth Forum on 8th October 2019. I have been asked to speak on the subject of Male Allies, a subject that fills me with mixed emotions and fears. I see so...

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Olga Anderson ‘That Damn I Look Good Feeling’

Katie.Dix / 25 Sep 2019

Olga Anderson ‘That Damn I Look Good Feeling’

That ‘Damn I Look Good’ Feeling Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and fully appreciating what you see before you. Sometimes it feels as though we shun compliments in favour of modesty. For many years, women were persuaded to never draw attention to their beauty, intelligence or...

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Leading through change with emotional intelligence

Katie.Dix / 24 Sep 2019

Leading through change with emotional intelligence

Kat is leading an E2W event on the 14th November 2019 on 'Leading through change with emotional intelligence.' In this event we’ll give you the opportunity to experiment with some coaching tools that will come in handy whatever your level of experience. This event is kindly...

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Dr Alessandra Wall: Working Harder Isn’t Working for Women

Katie.Dix / 17 Sep 2019

Dr Alessandra Wall: Working Harder Isn’t Working for Women

Work hard. Now work just a little bit harder. Push the limit. Give more. Do more. Show them how much you care. Let them see how dedicated, driven, and talented you are. For many women, this is the recipe for success - or so they think. Because every woman knows...

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The importance of supporting working single-mothers in the asset management industry

Katie.Dix / 17 Sep 2019

The importance of supporting working single-mothers in the asset management industry

E2W member Guinevere Taylor - Associate Director at RBC Global Asset Management. "I was listening to a great talk about diversity a few weeks ago, that focused on youth and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in the asset management industry. An interesting snippet of...

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