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

The Power of “Why?”

Rhian Bowler / 12 Oct 2017

The Power of “Why?”

This week E2W leadership coach Rhian Bowler challenges you to ask “Why?” Children don’t have a problem with asking why something happened, or why something is just as it is and as annoying as the incessant questioning may be, as adults, there is something for...

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If your recruitment partner tells you they can only find qualified male candidates, they’re wrong

Mark.Freed / 11 Oct 2017

If your recruitment partner tells you they can only find qualified male candidates, they’re wrong

Mark Freed E2W CEO says "If your recruitment partner tells you they can only find qualified male candidates, they’re probably wrong."  Meeting gender targets that enable businesses to collect the gender dividend depend on them being able to recruit more women. If you are...

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E2W member, Stephanie Smith’s career started in consulting….

Mark.Freed / 05 Oct 2017

E2W member, Stephanie Smith’s career started in consulting….

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 Stephanie. E2W member,...

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Gender Diversity - “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”

Mark.Freed / 05 Oct 2017

Gender Diversity - “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”

This week E2W CEO, Mark Freed, does the maths to show what banks will need to do to meet their gender diversity commitments and makes some practical suggestions about what needs to change in the recruitment process. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting...

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Women Boosting Women - Fail Fast

Rhian Bowler / 02 Oct 2017

Women Boosting Women - Fail Fast

Recently Chris Evans on Radio 2 interviewed inventor and designer Sir James Dyson on his ideas, innovations and failures. I was fascinated to hear how many designs fail before a prototype has been agreed, but each failed attempt has provided valuable learning and experience to improve the next design.   ...

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Keeping ‘mum’ or going ‘public’?

Mark.Freed / 02 Oct 2017

Keeping ‘mum’ or  going ‘public’?

Here at E2W, we face problems and opportunities on a daily basis - big and small - that's the nature of business.  I worry most about hidden problems and missed opportunities, those that no one recognises.  These represent risks to the business or a failure to...

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What will risk look like in the future?  Careers in Risk

Mark.Freed / 20 Sep 2017

What will risk look like in the future?  Careers in Risk

On September 19th thirty members of E2W’s Risk Team  and our guest panel met to discuss careers in risk, the trends we are seeing and the skills that will be required to work in the risk function of the future.  It was really interesting to...

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Embarking on my career in financial services - Ellie Reay 2017

Mark.Freed / 20 Sep 2017

Embarking on my career in financial services - Ellie Reay 2017

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 Ellie who has just...

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The Benefits of Using a Coach

Rhian Bowler / 20 Sep 2017

The Benefits of Using a Coach

The Benefits of Using a Coach Women tend to think their hard work and results should speak for themselves and help position them for their next role.  Succession planning should feature on the HR/business agenda regularly but your boss may not have time or head space to think...

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Women’s Experiences in the Recruitment Process - Survey Report Sept 2017

Mark.Freed / 16 Sep 2017

Women’s Experiences  in the Recruitment Process - Survey Report Sept 2017

In a world where financial institutions are signing the Women in Finance Charter and those same institutions are making commitments such as a 50/50 male/female workforce by 2020, can you believe that almost a third of women applying for positions in financial services feel disadvantaged because of their gender? We asked...

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Women Boosting Women - Lasting Impressions

Rhian Bowler / 15 Sep 2017

Women Boosting Women - Lasting Impressions

As a leadership coach I read many career based articles, but a recent article by a friend and Executive Coach Zena Everett on the impression you make at interview really struck a chord with me.  When we approach an interview, we often focus a great deal of time and...

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How do you answer the question about the business case for gender diversity in Financial Services?

Mark.Freed / 15 Sep 2017

How do you answer the question about the business case for gender diversity in Financial Services?

A woman’s touch Generally, we think of mining as being a male dominated industry: mining conjures up images of black faced men and boys, blinking in the sunlight as they come above ground after a very hard day’s labour.  In this industry women have...

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The E2W Recruitment Survey

Mark.Freed / 08 Sep 2017

The E2W Recruitment Survey

In a world where financial institutions are signing the Women in Finance Charter, making commitments such as a 50/50 male/female workforce by 2020 & reporting their gender pay gap data, can you believe that almost a third of women applying for positions in financial services feel disadvantaged because of their gender? ...

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Looking at the world through the gender diversity lens

Mark.Freed / 06 Sep 2017

Looking at the world through the gender diversity lens

Last month I saw the following post on LinkedIn: “Just declined a law firm panel event invitation – 5-person panel – all male. Please chaps – if you’re asked to speak on a panel ask where the women are! These kinds of opportunities are important for...

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Do you recruit the ‘best person for the job’  or the ‘best person for the team’?

Mark.Freed / 05 Sep 2017

Do you recruit the ‘best person for the job’  or the ‘best person for the team’?

All the evidence points to the fact that diverse teams perform better.  Diverse teams help organisations attract a diverse client base; diverse teams accelerate innovation; diverse teams boost morale and staff retention.  Why, then, are we still recruiting for the ‘best person for the job’ and...

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Contribute to a history of women’s careers in financial services

Mark.Freed / 11 Aug 2017

Contribute to a history of women’s careers in financial services

Next year is the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the UK. As part of celebrating the centenary, we want to produce a history of women’s careers in financial services over the years. What was it like to start a career during the swinging 60'...

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Without a strong pipeline of young women entering and thriving in the industry – what’s the point?

Mark.Freed / 11 Aug 2017

Without a strong pipeline of young women entering and thriving in the industry – what’s the point?

Six "A" level students with a desire to follow a career in financial services are keen to get your help and support.  E2W and the CISI are working together to launch a pilot programme in September to encourage more girls into financial services. Additionally, we aim...

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Inappropriate Interview Questions

Mark.Freed / 03 Aug 2017

Inappropriate Interview Questions

This week, a female politician reached the highest rank of her political party, a promotion to be celebrated – she is only the second woman to hold the role. Just seven hours into her position she was asked whether it would be acceptable for her to take maternity leave should...

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Results are emerging from the E2W Financial Services Gender Recruitment Survey

Mark.Freed / 03 Aug 2017

Results are emerging from the E2W Financial Services Gender Recruitment Survey

Some interesting results are emerging from the E2W Financial Services Gender Recruitment Survey. Recent reports have indicated that improving recruitment practices are key if financial institutions are going to meet their commitments to gender diversity. So, we have asked our community to reflect on and share their experiences with...

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What can we learn from gender pay gap reporting?

Mark.Freed / 27 Jul 2017

What can we learn from gender pay gap reporting?

The news at the end of 2016 was a little depressing: the UK gender pay gap will not close until 2069 - only 52 years to wait!  Obviously sitting back and waiting over half a century is unacceptable. The report says the gap will close much faster if action is taken...

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