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:

Differentiating and communicating your employer brand

Mark.Freed / 15 Mar 2019

Differentiating and communicating your employer brand

You are a great employer, an employer that has attractive and well considered value propositions to attract diverse candidates. A Financial Institution with the culture and working practices that enable your female colleagues to succeed and flourish.  In an industry where all your competitors are talking the talk but...

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John Glen and Andrew Bailey shining a spotlight on gender diversity

Mark.Freed / 15 Mar 2019

John Glen and Andrew Bailey shining a spotlight on gender diversity

Back in November, I wrote a piece about the fact that in order for us to achieve gender parity, we need more men to be involved. Gender parity means just that – women and men on an equal footing and although women are fighting the good fight, the cause needs...

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Growing E2W’s recruitment business

Mark.Freed / 15 Mar 2019

Growing E2W’s recruitment business

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to grow E2W’s recruitment business. I deliver bespoke recruitment services to leading financial services firms who are passionate about gaining the benefits of a more diverse workforce, by embedding an active and inclusive recruitment strategy into their process....

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We asked our members what #balanceforbetter means to them?

Mark.Freed / 08 Mar 2019

We asked our members what #balanceforbetter means to them?

Today is International Women’s Day and the campaign theme for this year is Balance for Better with the rally cry of “how can you help forge a more gender balanced world?”  E2W has many answers to that question thanks to the work we...

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When I think of Balance for Better, the image that springs to mind is my home life

Mark.Freed / 08 Mar 2019

When I think of Balance for Better, the image that springs to mind is my home life

This week Charlie Fox, Outsourcing Manager at E2W, shares his thoughts on International Women's Day theme #balanceforbetter. When I think of Balance for Better, the image that springs to mind is my home life when I was growing up: my mother is Tina Freed and my step-dad is...

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Alessandra Wall “why are good men still finding is so hard to be great allies?”

Mark.Freed / 01 Mar 2019

Alessandra Wall “why are good men still finding is so hard to be great allies?”

Last week, as part of our International Women’s Day #Balanceforbetter post, we published an article by Mark Freed on why men should become allies on the road to equality. This week our friend Alessandra Wall, responds with “why are good men still finding is so hard to...

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Taking Membership to the next level.

Mark.Freed / 01 Mar 2019

Taking Membership to the next level.

I am really excited to have been given the opportunity to drive and grow our membership in my new role as Engagement Leader. The last few years have been great but with momentum building the next few years are going be even more exciting! It is set to be a...

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Mark Freed on Balance for Better, this year’s International Women’s Day theme

Mark.Freed / 19 Feb 2019

Mark Freed on Balance for Better, this year’s International Women’s Day theme

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Balance for Better.  This is a great theme!  Balance for better recognises that gender diversity isn’t, actually, all about women. And it really isn’t all about women, women are the ones fighting...

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Blackrock closing their gender pay gap – let’s celebrate their achievement.

Tina.Freed / 18 Feb 2019

Blackrock closing their gender pay gap – let’s celebrate their achievement.

We love to celebrate success and are delighted to witness the massive achievements of Blackrock in closing their gender pay gap. There were more high earning Women working at the world’s largest fund manager in April 2018 than the previous year.  The latest figures reported in Blackrock&rsquo...

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Inspiring Women – Helen Bevis

Mark.Freed / 06 Feb 2019

Inspiring Women – Helen Bevis

So here's the thing, I am probably one of those rare and mythical creatures who actually loves the job I do…. however I am pretty sure that, roles working in finance or technology were not listed as options during my career advice sessions when I left school for...

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Amanda, Becky, Caroline, Denise, Elisa and Fran are on career breaks. How could they help you?

Mark.Freed / 02 Feb 2019

Amanda, Becky, Caroline, Denise, Elisa and Fran are on career breaks. How could they help you?

If you have any small projects (1-10 people) that can be delivered semi-remotely and are keen to deliver well, under budget, on time and with superb outcomes then give Amanda, Becky and the rest of the E2W community an opportunity.     This is Amanda: After leaving Cambridge she...

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E2W Members and Clients get together with Nicky Morgan to discuss Active Inclusion Recruitment

Mark.Freed / 31 Jan 2019

E2W Members and Clients get together with Nicky Morgan to discuss Active Inclusion Recruitment

When you want a topic you care about to be high on the agenda, it’s fantastic when someone high profile takes interest. As chair of the Treasury Select Committee (the first female chair), Nicky Morgan MP initiated an inquiry into Women in Finance, to which E...

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Are you fluent in ‘Gender Pay Gap’?

Mark.Freed / 30 Jan 2019

Are you fluent in ‘Gender Pay Gap’?

We are delighted to introduce you to Sue Carter, a guest contributer.  Sue is a senior communications consultant whose expertise in gender communications comes from working as a journalist in women’s media, as well as developing and delivering niche communications strategy for a wide range of consumer...

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Amendeep Pannu-Purewal - My Career at Man Group

Mark.Freed / 18 Jan 2019

Amendeep Pannu-Purewal  - My Career at Man Group

In autumn of 2018, E2W were approached by Man Group to partner with them in their Active Inclusion Recruitment Strategy.  As part of their diversity strategy they needed specialist help to find female candidates for open roles. As part of our due diligence we, as usual,...

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Gender Pay Gap - Update January 2019

Mark.Freed / 11 Jan 2019

Gender Pay Gap - Update January 2019

The last week has seen excitement grow in the broadsheets and some of the financial press, as well as here at E2W about the up and coming second year of reporting of the gender pay gap data.  Unfortunately, despite the coverage of gender pay gap figures for...

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What it means to be an ally short and simple.

Mark.Freed / 02 Jan 2019

What it means to be an ally short and simple.

“I’m just not sure what I can do about it…” “Listen, I’m not the one [insert discriminating behavior or state]! So what am I suppose to do?” It’s hard to be part of a system that unconsciously yet actively...

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Don’t fall into the trap of seasonal awareness and bliss, you are better than that.

Mark.Freed / 17 Dec 2018

Don’t fall into the trap of seasonal awareness and bliss, you are better than that.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and Successful New Year.  In her final article of the Year our guest contributor Dr Alessandra Wall gives her advice “Don’t fall into the trap of seasonal awareness and bliss, you are better than that”. As Christmas approaches...

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7 THINGS PEOPLE WITH AMAZING LIVES DO DIFFERENTLY

Mark.Freed / 10 Dec 2018

7 THINGS PEOPLE WITH AMAZING LIVES DO DIFFERENTLY

Have you noticed the number of books, posts, articles and interviews about the habits and lifestyles of people, who by all accounts, live an extraordinary life? There are decades worth of advice to catch-up on, if you wanted to read it all. Fortunately, you really only need to read a...

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Getting excited but about the fast approaching gender pay gap reporting deadline in April

Mark.Freed / 10 Dec 2018

Getting excited but about the fast approaching gender pay gap reporting deadline in April

Here at E2W we’re starting to get excited but about the fast approaching gender pay gap reporting deadline in April 2019. Firms will be reporting on their gender pay gaps at 5th April 2018   Of course, some firms have reported already: Aldermore Bank, the various entities under...

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Inspiring Women - Rhiannon Wakefield

Mark.Freed / 03 Dec 2018

Inspiring Women - Rhiannon Wakefield

Rhiannon Wakefield -  Managing Director at Barclays Bank It’s been interesting writing this piece because it’s made me realise that you can have an objective of working in a particular industry, or a position you want to be in but often the road that takes...

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