Category: Championing Diversity in Financial Services

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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European Women in Finance - Moving from Why to How?

Mark Freed / 03 Dec 2018

European Women in Finance - Moving from Why to How?

I was a speaker at the European Women in Finance conference in Amsterdam recently and I was asked to speak on how we can reach the ‘utopia’ of when gender diversity isn’t an issue and I’m out of a job!  I talked about...

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“You’re a man and so you must be strong.  You must fight.  You must put aside doubts, weaknesses, ..

Mark Freed / 22 Nov 2018

“You’re a man and so you must be strong.  You must fight.  You must put aside doubts, weaknesses, ..

1918 - “You’re a man and so you must be strong.  You must fight.  You must put aside doubts, weaknesses, mental or physical and be protectors of our country.” 2018 - Men are talking about wanting to be around for their children, and shared...

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How popular culture is helping E2W in its mission to break stereotypes

Mark Freed / 15 Nov 2018

How popular culture is helping E2W in its mission to break stereotypes

Aspirational TV is helping to make people consider more women in senior positions.  Does it feel like fiction, reality or, hopefully, the future to you?    A few weeks ago I wrote a piece on how popular culture is rebelling against stereotypes thanks to Doctor Who having its...

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European Women in Finance Conference in Amsterdam

Mark Freed / 07 Nov 2018

European Women in Finance Conference in Amsterdam

I am joining an impressive list of speakers at the European Women in Finance Conference in Amsterdam in a couple of weeks. I will be presenting 'Moving from Why to How' Week after week, there are always articles about the lack of women at the top within the banking finance...

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A tale of two recruitment strategies

Mark Freed / 31 Oct 2018

A tale of two recruitment strategies

You’ve no doubt heard of Aesop’s Fables, well, here’s one from me… A tale of two recruitment strategies. Harriet works in recruitment at Traditional Bank.  A new role is released for a vacancy in Debbie’s team. Debbie, like most...

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Goldman Sachs leading the way in recruiting more women

Mark Freed / 15 Oct 2018

Goldman Sachs leading the way in recruiting more women

Goldman Sachs is making the news at the moment as CEO of 12 years Lloyd Blankfein steps down and hands over the reins of this behemoth of investment banking to David Solomon.  But I would like to bring your attention to something else, something that really matters to us at...

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Contribute to a Women in Finance Roundtable Hosted by Nicky Morgan MP

Mark Freed / 12 Oct 2018

Contribute to a Women in Finance Roundtable Hosted by Nicky Morgan MP

The Treasury Select Committee’s recent inquiry into Women in Finance identified recruitment practices as one of the key areas inhibiting the progression of women in the industry. We are delighted to announce that with a keen interest in the topic and to gain further insight Nicky Morgan MP,...

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Janus Henderson is meeting its commitment to the Women in Finance Charter with the help of E2W

Tina.Freed / 10 Oct 2018

Janus Henderson is meeting its commitment to the Women in Finance Charter with the help of E2W

Janus Henderson is committed to improving diversity for the benefit of the firm, their clients and their people. In September 2017  they signed the Women in Finance Charter publicly setting a goal that by 2022, 25% (with a 5% tolerance) of its senior management in the UK would be women. To achieve...

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Women – get your firm working for you

Mark Freed / 10 Sep 2018

Women – get your firm working for you

Initial contributors to our survey are helping us to start to gather an eye-opening understanding of the current gender diversity landscape in financial services. They have highlighted the ‘laddish’, ‘politically incorrect’ culture within their firms, told us that they don’t feel that...

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The Gender Debate (it’s not all about women!) - “Behind every great man is a great woman,”

Mark Freed / 10 Sep 2018

The Gender Debate (it’s not all about women!) - “Behind every great man is a great woman,”

“Beside every great person is another great person, living and working as they would like.”    “Behind every great man is a great woman,” is these days considered a rather archaic expression, one that harks back to times gone by, thankfully, when wives, seemingly, selflessly...

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How E2W can help you boost gender diversity in your organisation

Mark Freed / 12 Aug 2018

How E2W can help you boost gender diversity in your organisation

Are you an organisation struggling to tackle your gender pay gap?  To attract women into senior roles?  To retain women?  Read on to see how E2W can help… Like the common cold, it seems that everyone has an opinion on the best way to &lsquo...

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BAML hires more female interns as banks battle gender disparity

Mark Freed / 18 Jul 2018

BAML hires more female interns as banks battle gender disparity

A recent report in Financial News congratulated a number of Investment Banks for nearly reaching a 50/50 graduate intake. But why? None of the Banks actually have a major problem at junior level. Bank of America for example has broadly 50% gender split among its lower quartile...

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State Street bans managers from asking about previous earnings

Mark Freed / 09 Jul 2018

State Street bans managers from asking about previous earnings

According to a report in Financial News State Street are banning managers from asking candidates about previous earnings.  Are women as good as men at negotiating salary packages?  Interesting topic that caused some debate in the E2W Limited office? Will banning managers...

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We like it when people do things without being asked.  HSBC has started down this route…

Mark Freed / 05 Jul 2018

We like it when people do things without being asked.  HSBC has started down this route…

We like it when people do things without being asked.  HSBC has started down this route – can it continue and make a difference?  Submitting to peer pressure – why it’s good for the financial services’ sector I think it’s fair to say...

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Recruiters – access the largest talent pool of female candidates in financial services

Mark Freed / 28 Jun 2018

Recruiters – access the largest talent pool of female candidates in financial services

The recruitment departments of the country’s leading financial institutions retain E2W as a key component of their recruitment strategy to find the best female candidates for their senior roles.  Drawing on our membership network, we are able to introduce highly capable, professional female candidates for...

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The runners and riders in the “Diversity Stakes”

Mark Freed / 15 Jun 2018

The runners and riders in the “Diversity Stakes”

What does it take for a financial services firm to win the diversity race?  How to place your money on a winner – what to look out for in a winning organisation. I am not a betting man, never have been and probably never will be but with Royal...

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Treasury Committee -  Women in finance

Mark Freed / 13 Jun 2018

Treasury Committee  -  Women in finance

The Treasury Committee launched its Women in Finance inquiry on 19 October 2017 to: Examine the value to financial firms of having greater gender balance across all job grades and functions; Identify the barriers to women entering and progressing their careers in the financial services industry and whether they are more prevalent...

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“Women have to achieve more, work harder…”

Tina.Freed / 12 Jun 2018

“Women have to achieve more, work harder…”

An intersteting and insightful interview with Anne Boden Starling Bank founder in The Guardian  “Women have to achieve more, work harder, and be much more perfect to get the job compared with a man. As long as we have the majority of promotions and appointments being made by...

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For London to be a truly equal city, women must be equally represented in positions of power

Mark Freed / 29 May 2018

For London to be a truly equal city, women must be equally represented in positions of power

Brilliant video from Greater London Authority and Sadiq Khan promoting their ‘Our Time: Supporting Future Leaders’ initiative.  For London to be a truly equal city, women must be equally represented in positions of power.  Will any Financial Services Firms commit / participate?  If anyone...

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