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

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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Do you fear being ‘found out’?

Mark.Freed / 26 Jul 2017

Do you fear being ‘found out’?

We've discussed the existence of the 'confidence gap' and how women can doubt their abilities more often than men do.  But, what happens when our confidence suffers to the point of feeling like a fraud - when we no longer trust our abilities, feeling like we must have...

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Aiming for 50/50 gender balance by 2020

Mark.Freed / 21 Jul 2017

Aiming for 50/50 gender balance by 2020

If you are aiming for 50/50 gender balance by 2020 you will need access to a community of talented women to recruit.  E2W have built and managed a community that provides career-long support for senior women in financial services. We know of over 5,000 women working in London and New York. ...

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Women in Finance – Help inform financial institutions about recruitment practices.

Mark.Freed / 20 Jul 2017

Women in Finance – Help inform financial institutions about recruitment practices.

Do we need to change recruitment practices? Recent reports have indicated that improving recruitment practices are key if financial institutions are going to meet their commitments to gender diversity. By completing this survey you will help our clients and the industry improve these practices. If you have interviewed for more...

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Women Connecting with Women

Mark.Freed / 14 Jul 2017

Women Connecting with Women

Networking in its simplest form is just connecting with others. It’s a conversation. So why does the thought of networking make so many of us uncomfortable? It’s a valuable tool, linked to productivity and success at work – why do we tend to avoid it and...

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Want to drive permanent change? Rethink recruitment

Mark.Freed / 12 Jul 2017

Want to drive permanent change? Rethink recruitment

This week, a new batch of signatories was announced to the Women in Finance Charter – a great sign of the sector’s growing realisation of the need for gender balance. Additionally, the results of a survey of existing signatories have been published.  Download a copy here. One...

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Women Boosting Women

Mark.Freed / 07 Jul 2017

Women Boosting Women

It is well documented that women can lack confidence in the workplace, sometimes known as the ‘Confidence Gap’.  We know we can hold ourselves back from promotion opportunities and not going for the new role, because we don’t have 100% of the skills or all of...

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Do you know a young woman who could thrive in financial services? Nominate a student!

Mark.Freed / 07 Jul 2017

Do you know a young woman who could thrive in financial services? Nominate a student!

Is this your Daughter, Niece or Friend?  Is she interested in a career in Financial Services? Do you know a young woman just starting her A Levels or International Baccalaureate? Has she shown any interest in going into financial services in the future? Or perhaps, like many students, has...

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Targets & Time - How valuable are they in achieving gender parity?

Mark.Freed / 29 Jun 2017

Targets & Time - How valuable are they in achieving gender parity?

Previously, we’ve discussed the value of gender targets in the move towards gender-balanced workforces, and despaired that at the current pace of progress it will take over a century until gender parity is established at all levels across financial services.  Targets have been valuable in making...

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Women Supporting Women

Rhian Bowler / 28 Jun 2017

Women Supporting Women

In my first role after graduating, when presenting a proposal to my boss, he told me, “there’s only one thing wrong with your idea, it’ s not mine”!  I was reminded of this moment by the Punch cartoon where the man at the meeting...

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Aspiring Leaders Event, held on 22nd June 2017.

Tina.Freed / 26 Jun 2017

Aspiring Leaders Event, held on 22nd June 2017.

Last week a group E2W Members and friends came together at L&G for the Aspiring Leaders event.  A recurring theme in our E2W Coaching Conversations is how to develop as leaders and overcome barriers, both real and perceived. With that in mind we were delighted...

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“I joined the bank when I was 18 in the early 1950s, and earned £4 a week..

Mark.Freed / 22 Jun 2017

“I joined the bank when I was 18 in the early 1950s, and earned £4 a week..

Two weeks ago, we featured the story of one woman’s financial services career, which brought up issues of the past like the marriage bar. This week, we have another story, which raised the issue of women’s pensions.  Sheila Buckingham – 1950s  “I...

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