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:

Amendeep Pannu-Purewal - My Career at Man Group

Mark.Freed / 18 Jan 2019

Amendeep Pannu-Purewal  - My Career at Man Group

In autumn of 2018, E2W were approached by Man Group to partner with them in their Active Inclusion Recruitment Strategy.  As part of their diversity strategy they needed specialist help to find female candidates for open roles. As part of our due diligence we, as usual,...

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Gender Pay Gap - Update January 2019

Mark.Freed / 11 Jan 2019

Gender Pay Gap - Update January 2019

The last week has seen excitement grow in the broadsheets and some of the financial press, as well as here at E2W about the up and coming second year of reporting of the gender pay gap data.  Unfortunately, despite the coverage of gender pay gap figures for...

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What it means to be an ally short and simple.

Mark.Freed / 02 Jan 2019

What it means to be an ally short and simple.

“I’m just not sure what I can do about it…” “Listen, I’m not the one [insert discriminating behavior or state]! So what am I suppose to do?” It’s hard to be part of a system that unconsciously yet actively...

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Don’t fall into the trap of seasonal awareness and bliss, you are better than that.

Mark.Freed / 17 Dec 2018

Don’t fall into the trap of seasonal awareness and bliss, you are better than that.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and Successful New Year.  In her final article of the Year our guest contributor Dr Alessandra Wall gives her advice “Don’t fall into the trap of seasonal awareness and bliss, you are better than that”. As Christmas approaches...

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7 THINGS PEOPLE WITH AMAZING LIVES DO DIFFERENTLY

Mark.Freed / 10 Dec 2018

7 THINGS PEOPLE WITH AMAZING LIVES DO DIFFERENTLY

Have you noticed the number of books, posts, articles and interviews about the habits and lifestyles of people, who by all accounts, live an extraordinary life? There are decades worth of advice to catch-up on, if you wanted to read it all. Fortunately, you really only need to read a...

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Getting excited but about the fast approaching gender pay gap reporting deadline in April

Mark.Freed / 10 Dec 2018

Getting excited but about the fast approaching gender pay gap reporting deadline in April

Here at E2W we’re starting to get excited but about the fast approaching gender pay gap reporting deadline in April 2019. Firms will be reporting on their gender pay gaps at 5th April 2018   Of course, some firms have reported already: Aldermore Bank, the various entities under...

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Inspiring Women - Rhiannon Wakefield

Mark.Freed / 03 Dec 2018

Inspiring Women - Rhiannon Wakefield

Rhiannon Wakefield -  Managing Director at Barclays Bank It’s been interesting writing this piece because it’s made me realise that you can have an objective of working in a particular industry, or a position you want to be in but often the road that takes...

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European Women in Finance - Moving from Why to How?

Mark.Freed / 03 Dec 2018

European Women in Finance - Moving from Why to How?

I was a speaker at the European Women in Finance conference in Amsterdam recently and I was asked to speak on how we can reach the ‘utopia’ of when gender diversity isn’t an issue and I’m out of a job!  I talked about...

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E2W and Man Group – Active Inclusion Recruitment Strategy

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2018

E2W and Man Group – Active Inclusion Recruitment Strategy

Fantastic afternoon yesterday at the launch of Man Group – Active Inclusion Recruitment Strategy. E2W Members take note: Man Group believes in diversity because it is the right thing to do, because it makes them a better place to work and it makes them a better business. They pride...

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“You’re a man and so you must be strong.  You must fight.  You must put aside doubts, weaknesses, ..

Mark.Freed / 22 Nov 2018

“You’re a man and so you must be strong.  You must fight.  You must put aside doubts, weaknesses, ..

1918 - “You’re a man and so you must be strong.  You must fight.  You must put aside doubts, weaknesses, mental or physical and be protectors of our country.” 2018 - Men are talking about wanting to be around for their children, and shared...

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5 EASY WAYS TO TRUST YOURSELF MORE

Mark.Freed / 15 Nov 2018

5 EASY WAYS TO TRUST YOURSELF MORE

5 EASY WAYS TO TRUST YOURSELF MORE Trust is a hard thing to build, even with yourself. Here are five simple things you can do to build more trust in yourself and have the confidence to move forward with your choices. 1. Make a choice, make many choices The first step...

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Working in Risk – Everybody is responsible - E2W Event

Mark.Freed / 15 Nov 2018

Working in Risk – Everybody is responsible - E2W Event

Working in Risk – Everybody is responsible - E2W Event What a great event and what a great platform for our two members to share their knowledge and experience. Mihaela Breg, spoke about the Evolution of Risk Management and how we all have responsibility in this very fluid and...

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Let’s not dance around the issue – how to attract talent and clients

Mark.Freed / 15 Nov 2018

Let’s not dance around the issue – how to attract talent and clients

Bake!  How financial services firms can take the lead from The Great British Bake Off In the last in my series on popular culture and gender diversity, read about why it’s so important to reflect society in your organisation You can tell the nights are drawing in...

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How popular culture is helping E2W in its mission to break stereotypes

Mark.Freed / 15 Nov 2018

How popular culture is helping E2W in its mission to break stereotypes

Aspirational TV is helping to make people consider more women in senior positions.  Does it feel like fiction, reality or, hopefully, the future to you?    A few weeks ago I wrote a piece on how popular culture is rebelling against stereotypes thanks to Doctor Who having its...

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Are women powerful?

Mark.Freed / 07 Nov 2018

Are women powerful?

True, we can yield power, and there is power within us, yet we are limited – and we limit ourselves – in how we express it. Is that then really having power? There’s been much said and written about succeeding as a woman in a male-dominated world,...

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European Women in Finance Conference in Amsterdam

Mark.Freed / 07 Nov 2018

European Women in Finance Conference in Amsterdam

I am joining an impressive list of speakers at the European Women in Finance Conference in Amsterdam in a couple of weeks. I will be presenting 'Moving from Why to How' Week after week, there are always articles about the lack of women at the top within the banking finance...

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BE MORE CONFIDENT: HOW AND WHY TO TRUST YOURSELF AND LOVE LIFE

Mark.Freed / 31 Oct 2018

BE MORE CONFIDENT: HOW AND WHY TO TRUST YOURSELF AND LOVE LIFE

At E2W, we are passionate about helping women fulfil their potential within the financial services industry.  We understand that achieving potential doesn’t always mean changing roles, but making the most of your existing position.  To make that happen, there may be hurdles to overcome and...

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Inspiring Women - Olga Stepien. The bumps along the way are what make the journey so amazing

Mark.Freed / 31 Oct 2018

Inspiring Women - Olga Stepien. The bumps along the way are what make the journey so amazing

My journey hasn't always been easy or simple, and some of the choices I've made have left me vulnerable.  I'm often asked how a girl from a village in Belarus progressed to being a successful KYC/AML Specialist in London. Each time I tell my story...

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A tale of two recruitment strategies

Mark.Freed / 31 Oct 2018

A tale of two recruitment strategies

You’ve no doubt heard of Aesop’s Fables, well, here’s one from me… A tale of two recruitment strategies. Harriet works in recruitment at Traditional Bank.  A new role is released for a vacancy in Debbie’s team. Debbie, like most...

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Inspiring Women - Rachael Ramsey - Shared parental leave really worked for us.

Mark.Freed / 29 Oct 2018

Inspiring Women - Rachael Ramsey - Shared parental leave really worked for us.

“We were told we could never have children so when I fell pregnant after being at One Savings Bank for a few months, it was a bit of a shock!”   This is how my career as a surveyor at One Savings Bank began.  After two...

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