Category: Thought Leadership

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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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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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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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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“What’s a man doing this for?”

Mark Freed / 23 Aug 2018

“What’s a man doing this for?”

I often find myself in the position of frontman for E2W.  The firm dedicates itself to supporting the financial services careers of women and helping banks to collect the gender dividend. As frontman I regularly meet new people. The brave ones ask “What's a man...

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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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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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Inspiring Women -  Kathrine Switzer

Mark Freed / 23 Jun 2018

Inspiring Women -  Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Virginia "Kathy" Switzer (born January 5, 1947, in Amberg, Germany is an American marathon runner, author, and television commentator. In 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. During her run, race official Jock Semple...

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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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Legal & General Investment Management - Working for Women

Mark Freed / 30 Apr 2018

Legal & General Investment Management - Working for Women

Legal & General Investment Management - Working for Women E2W’s many clients across the City are all on the journey to gender parity, but they’re not all at the same stage.    We’re starting a series of company profiles that will draw...

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Stop minding the gender pay gap, start closing it.

Mark Freed / 20 Apr 2018

Stop minding the gender pay gap, start closing it.

How E2W is changing the industry and how it could help you. The gender pay gap reporting is complete for this year.  Will things change by 2018?  We have some ideas on how the figures could look differently next year. I am delighted that the April deadline for...

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“On International Women’s Day, ‘press for progress’ any way you can,” says Tina Freed.

Tina.Freed / 02 Mar 2018

“On International Women’s Day, ‘press for progress’ any way you can,” says Tina Freed.

It’s International Women’s Day and its slogan this year is ‘Press for Progress’.  Tina Freed encourages you to stand up and be counted and do your bit to press for progress, however large or small.  What could you do?   ...

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Drum roll please – this is no average blog!

Mark Freed / 02 Mar 2018

Drum roll please – this is no average blog!

As April looms, more and more financial institutions are reporting their Gender Pay Gap statistics.  Mark Freed helps you make sense of the data and know what to look out for. Gender Pay Gap reporting – the E2W approach As financial institutions are starting to report their gender...

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33 Firms including Goldman Sachs, UBS and JP Morgan asked to sign the Women in Finance Charter.

Tina.Freed / 15 Feb 2018

33 Firms including Goldman Sachs, UBS and JP Morgan asked to sign the Women in Finance Charter.

Treasury Select Committee chair Nicky Morgan is calling on 33 financial services firms including Goldman Sachs, UBS and JP Morgan to sign the Women in Finance Charter. Nicky has written to 33 financial services firms who have yet to sign up and asked them to confirm to the committee by Friday if...

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WIFC - Smashed It…. Thank You

Mark Freed / 09 Feb 2018

WIFC - Smashed It…. Thank You

Women in Finance Charter – Smashed it in 2017 and looking forward to 2018.   As the go-to place for women to manage their financial services careers and for financial institutions to collect the gender dividend / recruit more women E2W is, of course, keen to support any initiative that leads to...

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