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:

Fasting from negativity

Katie.Dix / 24 Feb 2020

Fasting from negativity

About Nikki Hinksman "I have worked in the field of personal and professional development for nearly 20 years building my reputation on the creation and delivery of pragmatic and inspirational programmes that generate lasting change." Don't forget, if you are an E2W member, you receieve a free 20...

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Maternity Care - AT WORK. A Good Idea or Distraction from Real Challenges?

Mark.Freed / 20 Feb 2020

Maternity Care - AT WORK. A Good Idea or Distraction from Real Challenges?

I was recently approached by Justine McNulty, a fantastic and inspirational women, to discuss how we can help in the launch of her new business – Mobile Midwives. Mobile Midwives will bridge the gap between the NHS and professional women by providing maternity care directly to them in the workplace. ...

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Elizabeth ONeill - Sick And Tired Of “Digital Transformation”?

Tina.Freed / 19 Feb 2020

Elizabeth ONeill - Sick And Tired Of “Digital Transformation”?

About 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've helped people gain a greater understanding of what they want from their career, what's holding them back and how...

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Nikki Hinksman - Be Kind

Katie.Dix / 18 Feb 2020

Nikki Hinksman - Be Kind

Be kind Making changes in our lives can be really difficult. There is a huge amount of internal wiring that draws us back to what we already know, so venturing into something new requires persistence and focus. But do you help yourself or do you make it more difficult? Often...

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Make sure your ‘specialist’ is a specialist

Mark.Freed / 18 Feb 2020

Make sure your ‘specialist’ is a specialist

Make sure your ‘specialist’ is a specialist The Guardian recently reported on the lack of diversity in applicants for the top role at the Bank of England even though a specialist headhunting firm, Sapphire Partners, was paid £90,000 for the search. Apparently, 21 of the 23 candidates were men. Sapphire...

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Alpha Challengers - Building True Self Confidence

Katie.Dix / 12 Feb 2020

Alpha Challengers - Building True Self Confidence

Alpha Challengers - Building True Self Confidence Confidence is one of the foundation stones to us being our most glorious and authentic selves. We know what it’s like when it’s there and we know how uncomfortable it can be when it leaves, but how can we...

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It is great to see large firms getting behind women entrepreneurs and diversity in smaller businesses.

Mark.Freed / 12 Feb 2020

It is great to see large firms getting behind women entrepreneurs and diversity in smaller businesses.

It is fantastic to see large firms getting behind women entrepreneurs and diversity in smaller businesses. Women Entrepreneurs RBS’ new boss Alison Rose today announced £1bn in funding through Natwest to support female entrepreneurs in the UK.  Rose will aim to support the creation of 50,000 startups by 2023...

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I take a look at the first few gender pay gap reports from investment management firms.

Mark.Freed / 12 Feb 2020

I take a look at the first few gender pay gap reports from investment management firms.

First few firms file their gender pay gap reports  The first few investment management firms have now provided their gender pay gap reporting ahead of the 4th April deadline. One of the reporting statistics shows the proportion of women in each pay quartile and gives an indication of female...

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My cycling challenge…

Mark.Freed / 11 Feb 2020

My cycling challenge…

In support of our chosen charity, The Young Women’s Trust and for our final challenge of the year, I will be cycling 500k around South East Asia, ending in Ho Chi Minh City. The Young Woman's Trust supports women aged 16-30 struggling to live on low...

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A message from The Young Women’s Trust

Katie.Dix / 11 Feb 2020

A message from The Young Women’s Trust

The E2W community has been volunteering, fundraising, helping to raise awareness and of course donating to The Young Women's Trust. Many of our members have volunteered their time to help young women with their CV's and job applications, giving them support whilst they are in the...

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Citi say diversity is a competitive advantage…

Mark.Freed / 05 Feb 2020

Citi say diversity is a competitive advantage…

Understanding the gender pay gap I recently read this article on Bloomberg, which talked about Citibank in Singapore adjusting the pay of their female staff to bring it in line with men doing the same work. My first thought was to celebrate – after all, it’s a positive...

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Know your female employees

Mark.Freed / 04 Feb 2020

Know your female employees

Know your female employees Financial businesses have to know their customers, but few seem to put the same effort into knowing their female employees. And this is strange, because they do seem to understand the men. I’m middle-aged and if an employer was trying to attract someone of...

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How Are Gender Lens Funds Performing?

Katie.Dix / 04 Feb 2020

How Are Gender Lens Funds Performing?

The first in a series of articles, written by our special guest contributor, Marypat Smucker, CFA looks at how gender lens funds are performing. The outperformance of companies with higher women-in-leadership (WIL) metrics has led to the development of so-called gender lens investing. Total publicly available equity and fixed-income...

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An interview with E2W member Nolly Maseko, who has close links to the Young Women’s Trust

Katie.Dix / 04 Feb 2020

An interview with E2W member Nolly Maseko, who has close links to the Young Women’s Trust

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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Congratulations to the successful women, moving, being promoted and returning in January 2020

Katie.Dix / 28 Jan 2020

Congratulations to the successful women, moving, being promoted and returning in January 2020

At E2W we celebrate success. This month we are raising a glass to these women who have progressed in their careers. Congratulations to you all.  Returners Renate Ridings for starting a new position as Relationship Manager at CFA UK Irena Popovic for starting a new position as...

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What are you offering female employees?

Mark.Freed / 28 Jan 2020

What are you offering female employees?

Why it’s time to drop the stereotypes I am a middle-aged man. At some point, though I’m trying not to think about it, I’ll have to start dropping the ‘middle’ and replace it with ‘old’. As a white middle-class...

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Olga Anderson ‘Dressing in a corporate environment VS working at home’

Katie.Dix / 28 Jan 2020

Olga Anderson ‘Dressing in a corporate environment VS working at home’

Wardrobe: Dressing in a corporate environment VS working at home. Working out-of-office, whether from home, a coffee shop or otherwise, has made for certain allowances in the way that one dresses. But it’s not about who will see you in your chosen attire, but how your clothing choice...

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E2W Member Sarah Chapman: Tackling gender inequality for the next generation at Deutsche Bank.

Katie.Dix / 27 Jan 2020

E2W Member Sarah Chapman: Tackling gender inequality for the next generation at Deutsche Bank.

E2W Member, Sarah, is tackling gender inequality for the next generation at Deutsche Bank.  Here we have republished an article, originally created for Deutsche Careers website.  The banking industry is evolving. It’s more international, more technologically-innovative, and more regulated than ever before. As...

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E2W coach Nikki - Getting some perspective

Katie.Dix / 21 Jan 2020

E2W coach Nikki - Getting some perspective

E2W coach Nikki Hinksman I have worked in the field of personal and professional development for nearly 20 years building my reputation on the creation and delivery of pragmatic and inspirational programmes that generate lasting change. I'd love to have an introductory conversation with you, to discuss how my...

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The “old boys’ club” is still going strong

Mark.Freed / 21 Jan 2020

The “old boys’ club” is still going strong

The “old boys’ club” is still going strong Four years ago, the report by Jayne-Anne Gadhia that led to the launch of the Women in Finance Charter, now widely signed up to by the industry, pointed to the old boys’ network as a factor inhibiting...

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