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The following are a selection of news and thought leadership articles created for our Members and shared here for all:

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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The Gender Debate (it’s not all about women!)

Mark.Freed / 18 Oct 2018

The Gender Debate (it’s not all about women!)

"Men have a gender as well!" The focus needs to be on 100% of the workforce to have the desired impact. What's happening for men? What's happening for women? At the E2W Limited Gender Debate held last night at Investec, these were the key questions debated...

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Goldman Sachs leading the way in recruiting more women

Mark.Freed / 15 Oct 2018

Goldman Sachs leading the way in recruiting more women

Goldman Sachs is making the news at the moment as CEO of 12 years Lloyd Blankfein steps down and hands over the reins of this behemoth of investment banking to David Solomon.  But I would like to bring your attention to something else, something that really matters to us at...

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Contribute to a Women in Finance Roundtable Hosted by Nicky Morgan MP

Mark.Freed / 12 Oct 2018

Contribute to a Women in Finance Roundtable Hosted by Nicky Morgan MP

The Treasury Select Committee’s recent inquiry into Women in Finance identified recruitment practices as one of the key areas inhibiting the progression of women in the industry. We are delighted to announce that with a keen interest in the topic and to gain further insight Nicky Morgan MP,...

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Janus Henderson is meeting its commitment to the Women in Finance Charter with the help of E2W

Tina.Freed / 10 Oct 2018

Janus Henderson is meeting its commitment to the Women in Finance Charter with the help of E2W

Janus Henderson is committed to improving diversity for the benefit of the firm, their clients and their people. In September 2017  they signed the Women in Finance Charter publicly setting a goal that by 2022, 25% (with a 5% tolerance) of its senior management in the UK would be women. To achieve...

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Today is International Day of the Girl - What did you want to be when you were little?

Tina.Freed / 10 Oct 2018

Today is International Day of the Girl - What did you want to be when you were little?

Today is International Day of the Girl – we asked our members to recount what they had wanted to be, who supported them and what stood in their way.  Today is International Day of the Girl, a United Nations’ day of observance to highlight and address the needs...

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Help three young women on their journey to becoming leaders in Financial Services

Tina.Freed / 10 Oct 2018

Help three young women on their journey to becoming leaders in Financial Services

Today is International Day of the Girl – 600 million adolescent girls will enter the workforce in the next decade. Meet three of E2W and CISI’s graduates and read about their plans for the future, support networks and hurdles. Today is International Day of the Girl, a United...

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Juggling a career in finance and motherhood

Tina.Freed / 27 Sep 2018

Juggling a career in finance and motherhood

An Investment Banker has this advice for working Mothers – don’t neglect your children or your work. Juggling the demands of a family and a career in finance is tricky and requires a lot of organising, time management and effort. When considering a family whilst climbing the career...

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