Category: Diversity News

A lack of female talent OR poor recruitment practices?

Mark.Freed / 15 Jul 2019

A lack of female talent OR  poor recruitment practices?

I’ve heard a lot of senior bankers recently saying that we will not get more women at the top in financial services by firms recruiting each other’s women.  When you look at the backgrounds of the people saying this, most of them got to the...

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My thoughts on careers for women in FX

Mark.Freed / 11 Jul 2019

My thoughts on careers for women in FX

I attended an event a few weeks ago promoting careers in FX for women.  One thing I learnt from the panellists of senior figures is that, the FX sector was a male dominated, macho, tetestrone fuelled industry in the past but it's ok now! This got me thinking... ...

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Sponsoring Women’s Football VS Recruiting more women

Mark.Freed / 19 Jun 2019

Sponsoring Women’s Football VS Recruiting more women

As we are readying ourselves to cheer the Lionesses through another, hopefully, successful women’s Football World Cup campaign, it reminded me of the announcement by the Football Association that Barclays is to become the FA Women's Super League’s first ever title sponsor, in a...

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E2W members met the team behind the Women in Finance Charter

Katie.Dix / 24 May 2019

E2W members met the team behind the Women in Finance Charter

E2W members met the team behind the Women in Finance Charter. Hosted by our friends and partners at Man Group, on Wednesday morning 22nd May, the team from the HM Treasury behind the Women in Finance Charter took the opportunity to meet E2W members - senior women...

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Women of The Square Mile

Mark.Freed / 28 Mar 2019

Women of The Square Mile

I am really looking forward to talking at Women of The Square Mile on the 15th May at Olympia.  Joining a line-up of other industry leaders like Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia and E2W Member Monica Summerville.  As an E2W member you can get discount tickets by using...

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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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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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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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E2W and Man Group – Active Inclusion Recruitment Strategy

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2018

E2W and Man Group – Active Inclusion Recruitment Strategy

Fantastic afternoon yesterday at the launch of Man Group – Active Inclusion Recruitment Strategy. E2W Members take note: Man Group believes in diversity because it is the right thing to do, because it makes them a better place to work and it makes them a better business. They pride...

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Let’s not dance around the issue – how to attract talent and clients

Mark.Freed / 15 Nov 2018

Let’s not dance around the issue – how to attract talent and clients

Bake!  How financial services firms can take the lead from The Great British Bake Off In the last in my series on popular culture and gender diversity, read about why it’s so important to reflect society in your organisation You can tell the nights are drawing in...

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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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Help three young women on their journey to becoming leaders in Financial Services

Tina.Freed / 10 Oct 2018

Help three young women on their journey to becoming leaders in Financial Services

Today is International Day of the Girl – 600 million adolescent girls will enter the workforce in the next decade. Meet three of E2W and CISI’s graduates and read about their plans for the future, support networks and hurdles. Today is International Day of the Girl, a United...

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Is the ‘glass ceiling’ still in existence today?

Mark.Freed / 20 Sep 2018

Is the ‘glass ceiling’ still in existence today?

Doctor Who and the glass ceiling  The phrase ‘glass ceiling’ is 40 years old this year – is it still relevant in today’s workplace?  Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who, it’s interesting that for the first time there...

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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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