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:

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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Will your employer be signing up to the UK Governments Women in Finance Charter a pledge for gender

Tina.Freed / 23 Mar 2016

Will your employer be signing up to the UK Governments Women in Finance Charter a pledge for gender

This week Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE the CEO of Virgin Money published her report Empowering Productivity – Harnessing the Talents of Women in Financial Services. This Report and its recommendations are about fairness, equality and inclusion for men and women. Because the achievement of a balanced workforce at all levels in Financial...

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Will your employer be signing up to the UK Governments Women in Finance Charter a pledge for gender

Tina.Freed / 23 Mar 2016

Will your employer be signing up to the UK Governments Women in Finance Charter a pledge for gender

This week Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE the CEO of Virgin Money published her report Empowering Productivity – Harnessing the Talents of Women in Financial Services. This Report and its recommendations are about fairness, equality and inclusion for men and women. Because the achievement of a balanced workforce at all levels in Financial...

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Will your employer be signing up to the UK Governments Women in Finance Charter a pledge for gender

Tina.Freed / 23 Mar 2016

Will your employer be signing up to the UK Governments Women in Finance Charter a pledge for gender

This week Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE the CEO of Virgin Money published her report Empowering Productivity – Harnessing the Talents of Women in Financial Services. This Report and its recommendations are about fairness, equality and inclusion for men and women. Because the achievement of a balanced workforce at all levels in Financial...

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Thomson Reuters - supporting our world

Tina.Freed / 19 Feb 2016

Thomson Reuters - supporting our world

“Supporting open and thriving financial markets and ensuring diversity in thought are two cornerstones of Thomson Reuters corporate responsibility and inclusion policies. Here at Thomson Reuters we work hard to ensure that we live up to these standards including looking for and supporting suppliers that help us meet our goals...

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Collaborative working is the key to economic growth

Tina.Freed / 27 Jan 2016

Collaborative working is the key to economic growth

The UK faces exceptional challenges in the current financial climate; big corporations, SME’s and start-up businesses are functioning in a very tough economic climate. Now It’s more important than ever to fully capitalise on the skills and talents of all people, regardless of their gender. Creating opportunity for...

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If diversity is important in permanent teams, is it also important in consultancy teams?

Tina.Freed / 21 Dec 2015

If diversity is important in permanent teams, is it also important in consultancy teams?

A Bersin report from Deloitte (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/building-diversity-inclusion-op-priority-2016-josh-bersin?trk=hp-feed-article-title-comment ) carried out a survey of 454 Global 2000 organisations. The research found that only 10% of organisation had a clear talent strategy and discovered the benefits of a positive workplace culture are significant. Bersins research shows that the companies...

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