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

Women in Technology and Front Office, Executive Hiring Reinvented - E2W Select

Mark.Freed / 06 Feb 2018

Women in Technology and Front Office, Executive Hiring Reinvented - E2W Select

In December 2017, E2W launched the ‘E2W Select’ programme, a programme designed to help our members at managing director level and above to explore, confidentially, new opportunities with financial institutions looking to recruit more women at a senior level. Are you seeking a new role within the...

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My contribution to …. staff morale.  Where were you in the 2008 financial crisis?

Mark.Freed / 31 Jan 2018

My contribution to …. staff morale.  Where were you in the 2008 financial crisis?

As part of our Vote100 series on women’s careers, Caroline Kings tells us about her contribution to …. staff morale and asks where were you in the 2008 financial crisis?   In the 2008 financial crisis, Caroline Kings was working for Goldman Sachs.  Working long hours, she...

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Sarah Ristine walks us through her successful career

Mark.Freed / 31 Jan 2018

Sarah Ristine walks us through her successful career

As part of our Vote100 series on women’s careers, Sarah Ristine walks us through her successful career at some of the leading investment banks in North America and London. Like a lot of English and Theater majors, I came around to this career through the side door.  ...

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Is the Senior Managers & Certification Regime causing you a headache?

Mark.Freed / 30 Jan 2018

Is the Senior Managers & Certification Regime causing you a headache?

At E2W, we are passionate about helping women in financial services further their careers and achieve success.  In January we hosted an extremely successful event on the hot topic of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime.  What events would you like us to host?   E...

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Mrs Pankhurst we hear you!  The E2W rally cry

Mark.Freed / 23 Jan 2018

Mrs Pankhurst we hear you!  The E2W rally cry

Emmeline Pankhurst rocked the boat and changed women’s role in society.  E2W has provided evidence to the Treasury Select Commitee's women in finance Inquiry and E2W CEO Mark Freed explains how you too can shake up society. When Emmeline Pankhurst died in 1928,...

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Recruiting women needn’t feel like the ‘square peg, round hole’ conundrum

Rhian Bowler / 23 Jan 2018

Recruiting women needn’t feel like the ‘square peg, round hole’ conundrum

Rhian Bowler, the E2W Leadership Coach, shares her experiences and views on E2W’s recent paper, ‘Recruitment Strategies for Financial Institutions to Meet Gender Diversity Targets’ and explains how challenges really should be seen as opportunities.   As the E2W leadership coach with...

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Anne Hargreaves always knew what she wanted to do, and she did it.

Mark.Freed / 19 Jan 2018

Anne Hargreaves always knew what she wanted to do, and she did it.

As part of our Vote100 series on women’s careers, Anne Hargreaves walks us through her successful career in Technology at some of the leading investment banks, shares her views on women in this sector and explains how so many of the skills learnt are transferable. Unlike many people,...

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It remains challenging and potentially risky for a candidate to talk about flexible / agile working

Mark.Freed / 16 Jan 2018

It remains challenging and potentially risky for a candidate to talk about flexible / agile working

The Financial Services sector, particularly in London, was notorious for demanding long hours and for its culture of presenteeism.   Has that changed?  Should London and the leading City banks make more of the agile and flexible working that they now offer? The stereotypical view of the average...

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Football, entertainment and financial services – what do they all have in common?

Mark.Freed / 16 Jan 2018

Football, entertainment and financial services – what do they all have in common?

In the press recently there has been lots of coverage of women’s issues.  Here Mark explores some of them and realises that women are facing similar issues and that they need to stand up and be counted.  Football, entertainment and financial services – what do they...

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

Rhian Bowler / 04 Jan 2018

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

Rhian Bowler, the E2W career coach asks is there one thing you would like to improve, add or change this year? Mirror, Mirror on the Wall! Having recently turned 50 (and loving it!), I’ve taken some time to reflect on whether I need to make changes...

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E2W - Membership

Tina.Freed / 04 Jan 2018

E2W - Membership

E2W membership is open to women in financial services.  Our aim is to help you succeed in your career aspirations, whatever they may be.  We have built a growing, supportive community where women can learn from, and be motivated by, each other.  Together, with the tangible...

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Recruitment Strategies for Financial Institutions to Meet Gender Diversity Targets

Mark.Freed / 19 Dec 2017

Recruitment Strategies for Financial Institutions to Meet Gender Diversity Targets

To meet commitments, like 50/50 by 2020 many firms will need to ensure that they recruit more women than men across the board. However, the best performers are struggling to exceed 40% women in their new recruits and in certain divisions, technology and front office for example, the gender...

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Yvonne Kurankye has shared her varied career with us and her infectious enthusiasm…

Mark.Freed / 18 Dec 2017

Yvonne Kurankye has shared her varied career with us and her infectious enthusiasm…

E2W is speaking to women who have been working in financial services over the decades to celebrate next year’s 100 year anniversary of women securing the vote.  Yvonne Kurankye has shared her varied career with us and her infectious enthusiasm for the financial services industry! When I...

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JOY TO THE2WORLD

Tina.Freed / 11 Dec 2017

JOY TO THE2WORLD

With Christmas upon us and 2017 drawing to a close, it’s a great time to look back and also, an exciting time to look forward.  I’m immensely proud of the work that we, our members and clients have achieved this year.  We have made good...

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E2W Technology Workshop - Agile Transformations

Rhian Bowler / 08 Dec 2017

E2W Technology Workshop - Agile Transformations

There was much interest in the Deutsche Bank auditorium as our specialist speaker and E2W member Manal Koujan delivered her inspiring and engaging talk about ‘The role of leadership in agile and how does leadership influence transformation success or failure?  What are the challenges the leadership face...

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Life at arms’ length

Rhian Bowler / 07 Dec 2017

Life at arms’ length

Rhian Bowler, the E2W career coach, asks whether you want to live your life at arms’ length or be proactive?   Life at arms’ length Many of you will know I listen to Radio 2 on my way to work after dropping the children to school. ...

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A little obsessed with gender pay gap reporting

Mark.Freed / 05 Dec 2017

A little obsessed with gender pay gap reporting

As the deadline for gender pay gap reporting becomes ever closer (April 2018), Mark Freed examines how other industries’ gender pay gaps compare to that of financial services. I am, some might say, becoming a little obsessed with gender pay gap reporting but that’s because it matters. ...

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Unconscious Bias – Briefing and Outline of Session for Client

Tina.Freed / 30 Nov 2017

Unconscious Bias – Briefing and Outline of Session for Client

E2W is the go-to place for women to manage their financial services careers and for financial institutions wishing to collect the gender dividend – the economic benefit of investing in women. We have built, and manage a community of senior women in financial services and provide long term career...

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In 2012 I started my career on the graduate scheme of broker ICAP….

Mark.Freed / 30 Nov 2017

In 2012 I started my career on the graduate scheme of broker ICAP….

Next year is the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the UK. As part of celebrating the centenary, we are producing a history of women’s careers in financial services over the years. In the latest in the series we meet Suki Notay Senior Commodities...

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The Power of Coaching

Rhian Bowler / 29 Nov 2017

The Power of Coaching

The Power of Coaching Personal coaching brings many benefits, some expected, but many are a surprise to those experiencing coaching for the first time.  We often don’t know, what we don’t know!  This may sound crass or clunky, however many individuals who have undertaken...

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