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

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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Gender Diversity in Financial Markets Consultancy and Contracting – Now that is Different!!!!

Tina.Freed / 11 Dec 2015

Gender Diversity in Financial Markets Consultancy and Contracting – Now that is Different!!!!

We, Tina and I, founded E2W having experienced first-hand the challenges of balancing parenthood with a career. We saw that many parents left, or were considering leaving Financial Markets careers as a result, creating a latent pool of significant talent and experience. We created a women owned and run...

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What is Diversity & Inclusion?

Tina.Freed / 09 Dec 2015

What is Diversity & Inclusion?

Diversity, means recognising, valuing and taking into account people’s different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, needs and experiences. It’s about encouraging and using those differences to create a cohesive community and effective workforce. Simply, this means treating everyone with fairness and respect and recognising the needs of individuals. This process...

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A DAY TO CELEBRATE, SUPPORT AND EMPOWER WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WORLDWIDE

Tina.Freed / 02 Dec 2015

A DAY TO CELEBRATE, SUPPORT AND EMPOWER WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WORLDWIDE

Today, December 2nd 2015, is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed and discussed. The programme launched today is the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving and the #WomenWOW social media campaign (Women on Wednesday) is to encourage everyone to support women owned businesses and causes that will inspire...

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Banking and Diversity

Tina.Freed / 01 Dec 2015

Banking and Diversity

The current Government plans to keep their foot on the pedal when it comes to diversity and inclusion and is illustrated by their commitment to making further progress on gender and policies intended to enhance skills within the workforce generally. Harriett Baldwin MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, recently observed...

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Supporting the development of women entrepreneurs

Tina.Freed / 25 Nov 2015

Supporting the development of women entrepreneurs

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) – 19th November, was founded in 2014 by long time animal rights activist Wendy Diamond. Diamond said she was inspired to create a movement around women entrepreneurs after volunteering with an organization that supplied microloans to women-owned businesses. Rather than another Black Friday event to continue the...

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Women in leadership roles could prove critical to organisations’ success.

Tina.Freed / 23 Nov 2015

Women in leadership roles could prove critical to organisations’ success.

Gender diversity isn’t a box-ticking exercise, it’s a corporate advantage. Research shows that companies that invest in this area are less likely to fall victim to fraud, exploitation and shareholder clashes. The glass ceiling is becoming a thing of the past, as more women than ever before, now...

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How do we increase the empowerment of women in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises?

Tina.Freed / 19 Nov 2015

How do we increase the empowerment of women in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises?

Our large corporates are fully embracing diversity and inclusion from the board room to graduate recruitment. Women are firmly on the agenda and thank goodness for that. Well done to the people at organisations like the 30% Club, Business in the Community/Opportunity Now, The Women’s Business Council for all...

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WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY – EMPOWERING & CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Tina.Freed / 19 Nov 2015

WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY – EMPOWERING & CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS

The 2nd Annual International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day [WED] convenes at the United Nations in New York City today (Thursday, November 19, 2015), serious discussions about critical issues affecting women and men worldwide will take the lead. The goal is to empower the 4 billion women on the planet and bring hope to 250...

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Motherhood and the Old Boys’ Network responsible for gender imbalance in Financial Markets

Tina.Freed / 16 Nov 2015

Motherhood and the Old Boys’ Network responsible for gender imbalance in Financial Markets

A recent UK government backed report urged that the bonuses of City executives should be linked to whether or not they meet targets for the number of senior women appointed at a firm. The review of women in finance, led by the chief executive of Virgin Money, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, also...

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