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:

What do Women Returners Want?

Mark.Freed / 01 Dec 2016

What do Women Returners Want?

In the search for talent,  firms are increasingly looking for new talent pools and innovative ways to connect and communicate. Women (and men) looking to return to Financial Services Careers is an example of a new talent pool. Financial institutions have developed ‘returner programmes’ to engage and...

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Developing mid careers - grabbing opportunities!

Mark.Freed / 01 Dec 2016

Developing mid careers - grabbing opportunities!

A recurring theme in our conversations is emerging - women are reluctant to put themselves forward.  How are you enriching your career in your organisation?  Do you actively pursue development/learning opportunities, or are you excluded from the invitation?  Are you asking to be included?   Did...

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“the career conversations series has inspired me”

Mark.Freed / 24 Nov 2016

“the career conversations series has inspired me”

Career Conversations Update The Career Conversations group coaching calls are proving to be popular and helpful.  The series has focussed on the importance of understanding your real value and strengths, something we tend to down play, and feel uncomfortable articulating them.  Identifying key transferable skills and being able...

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Signatories to the Women in Finance Charter Retain E2W

Mark.Freed / 21 Nov 2016

Signatories to the Women in Finance Charter Retain E2W

Is it a coincidence that since signing the Women in Finance Charter, five of the largest signatory firms have retained E2W to help them meet their charter commitments?         So what are the commitments that Banks are making. Here are some typical examples:- Barclays To...

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Rhian is where E2W members ‘go-to’ for careers support

Mark.Freed / 16 Nov 2016

Rhian is where E2W members ‘go-to’ for careers support

‘Spotlight’ on Rhian Bowler, E2W Careers Development Director Who am I? I’m a qualified career coach, HR professional, wife and mother, returning to the workplace this year after taking a career break to raise my children.  Previously worked in organisations such as Linklaters, Accenture,...

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The E2W Geeks team!

Mark.Freed / 11 Nov 2016

The E2W Geeks team!

The E2W Geeks team! Evolving and adaptive technology is driving and transforming business every day and rapid technological developments have provided vast areas of new opportunity and potential sources of efficiency for organisations of all size.   E2W have launched the Technology Team where members benefit from a...

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Job sharing within the financial services industry

Mark.Freed / 01 Nov 2016

Job sharing within the financial services industry

Occasionally we come across businesses that share the same ethos and are promoting and supporting women. One such firm is ExecJobshare.   Anita and Belinda the founders worked in executive search and have been executives themselves found that there are not many job sites for more skilled employees looking...

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Regulation Team Inaugural meeting held on 20th October 2016

Mark.Freed / 31 Oct 2016

Regulation Team Inaugural meeting held on 20th October 2016

Most of us are affected by the regulatory environment. According to reports the many EU market reforms due to take effect in 2018, will cost the financial services industry more than $2bn during 2017. That said, it is no surprise then that it is important for us all working within the industry...

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E2W Event - 18 October

Mark.Freed / 19 Oct 2016

E2W Event - 18 October

Great to meet our new and prospective members at last nights E2W Event (18th October). Great conversations about moving towards gender parity in our industry and sharing stories!

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E2W are recognised as one of the top 13 Financial Firms pledging in the Women in Finance Charter.

Tina.Freed / 17 Oct 2016

E2W are recognised as one of the top 13 Financial Firms pledging in the Women in Finance Charter.

A report in Fortune recognises E2W along with 12 other organisations as making the most significant commitments to gender diversity in the finance sector in their Women in Finance Charter commitments.  Fortune reports that ‘Major banks—including HSBC UK, RBS and Lloyds—have committed...

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Women in Finance Charter

Mark.Freed / 11 Oct 2016

Women in Finance Charter

E2W have joined a number of our clients including Blackrock, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, London Stock Exchange,  Standard Chartered and Thomson Reuters and a number of major UK banks including HSBC UK, Santander, RBS and Lloyds in publishing ground-breaking gender strategies, committing them to ambitious targets for the...

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The weird thing that happens when you put more women in the boardroom

Mark.Freed / 15 Sep 2016

The weird thing that happens when you put more women in the boardroom

A new study from the University of Notre Dame examines the effect that women have on corporate boards, where they are a historically rare presence, and shows us something ... confusing. Turns out that a large share of female directors at public companies is linked to significantly fewer mergers and...

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Brilliant new report from think tank New Financial: Women in UK Financial Services

Tina.Freed / 17 Jun 2016

Brilliant new report from think tank New Financial: Women in UK Financial Services

Brilliant new report from think tank New Financial: Women in UK Financial Services 23% of board directors of UK financial services companies are women but only 14% of executive committee members are female Data shows 14% is the natural baseline for female representation, but the UK government is leading a concerted push to...

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Two new reports prove the finance sector needs greater gender diversity

Tina.Freed / 07 Jun 2016

Two new reports prove the finance sector needs greater gender diversity

As the go-to place for women to manage their financial services careers and for financial institutions wishing to claim the Gender Dividend, we’ve always recognised and promoted the value of women in the finance industry. So we’re delighted to see the subject of gender diversity being taken increasingly...

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Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Harriett Baldwin visiting our headquarters in Kent on 17 May.

Tina.Freed / 20 May 2016

Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Harriett Baldwin visiting our headquarters in Kent on 17 May.

Why we believe it’s important for employers to sign up to the new Women in Finance Charter On 22 March, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money, published a review into the representation of women in senior managerial positions in financial services. Her report, Empowering Productivity – Harnessing the Talents of Women...

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WEConnect International in Europe

Tina.Freed / 03 May 2016

WEConnect International in Europe

WEConnect International in Europe is the leading global supplier diversity initiative spearheading the connection of women-owned business and multinational corporations. It is Europe’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to global and national corporations and government bodies.

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E2W commits to Women in Finance Charter

Tina.Freed / 03 May 2016

E2W commits to Women in Finance Charter

E2W have signed the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter, a pledge for gender balance across financial services. By signing the Charter, E2W have committed to implement four recommendations to improve gender diversity in financial services. The charter asks financial firms to support the progression of women into...

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E2W in the Press - Banking on the gender dividend

Tina.Freed / 28 Apr 2016

E2W in the Press  - Banking on the gender dividend

  On 27th April 2016 E2W founders Tina and Mark Freed’s industry insight, Banking on the gender dividend, was published in Business Reporter (a supplement distributed with CITY A.M.) HARNESSING WOMEN’S experience, knowledge, skills and passion for a career in financial services or supporting females wanting to...

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Personal support network key to women in finance

Tina.Freed / 19 Apr 2016

Personal support network key to women in finance

    Personal networks were rated more critical than employer-led support for women juggling work and family life by respondents to Financial News’ 2016 Women in Finance Survey.   Although 80% of women surveyed rated reliable childcare as a very important factor for women balancing a family with a successful career in...

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It is possible to retain and grow female talent.

Tina.Freed / 01 Apr 2016

It is possible to retain and grow female talent.

The business case clearly demonstrates that gender diversity in financial services is good for boards, good for management, good for business, good for the economy and the right thing to do. So why do so many businesses allow valuable female talent to slip through their fingers? In this report we...

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