Category: Thought Leadership

Why are we taking a bottom up approach to diversity when the problem is at the top?

Mark.Freed / 13 Nov 2019

Why are we taking a bottom up approach to diversity when the problem is at the top?

This week I have met a number of people, separately, from a major investment bank here in London. I shall not name the bank as most readers will recognise the problem at their own banks. The bank’s gender pay gap report statistics are not dissimilar to...

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FCA Report: “Financial Services – senior jobs are still mostly for the boys”

Mark.Freed / 13 Nov 2019

FCA Report: “Financial Services – senior jobs are still mostly for the boys”

As we are preparing for our round table with Julia Hoggett, Director of Market Oversight at the FCA, we were interested to read a new report from the FCA.  “Despite businesses facing ever greater scrutiny and criticism over gender diversity – with few industries more in the spotlight...

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Aleesah’s Story - How your support helps young women achieve their aspirations

Katie.Dix / 12 Nov 2019

Aleesah’s Story - How your support helps young women achieve their aspirations

On Saturday, some of the E2W team and friends completed a 6K Commando Series Obstacle Course to raise money for our nominated charity, The Young Women’s Trust. The course proved both mentally and physically challenging and was exacerbated by the very cold and very wet weather! As...

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Olga Anderson ‘Style is an expression of your personal style.’

Katie.Dix / 07 Nov 2019

Olga Anderson ‘Style is an expression of your personal style.’

How personal style communicates your personal brand and how to make that first impression count. Personal style is an amalgamation of many things - what suits your body shape, the things you like, the colours that work for you, the pieces that make you feel great. Personal style is...

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Time to get serious: If diversity is a business imperative, treat it like one!

Mark.Freed / 29 Oct 2019

Time to get serious: If diversity is a business imperative, treat it like one!

The Diversity Project and PWC have recently issued a new report “Diversity and inclusion in investment management” The report gives gender pay reporting praise for bringing the lack of diversity within the industry into sharp focus and added weight to the voices calling for faster change. ...

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Dr Alessandra Wall - 3 Pieces of Advice Every Strong Driven Woman Should Follow

Katie.Dix / 23 Oct 2019

Dr Alessandra Wall - 3 Pieces of Advice Every Strong Driven Woman Should Follow

3 Pieces of Advice Every Strong Driven Woman Should Follow This past weekend was my mother's birthday. It was a big birthday, one that had me thinking about her legacy and the impact she's had on my life. In her honor, I wanted to share three life lessons that...

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Can we make diversity a priority over all other recruitment strategies and policies?

Mark.Freed / 22 Oct 2019

Can we make diversity a priority over all other recruitment strategies and policies?

I attended an event this morning alongside HR and recruitment professionals from major investment managers. The discussion was focussed on exploring how to attract, recruit and retain more members of the LGBTQ+ community.    Not surprisingly, the challenges faced by the community are similar to those faced by...

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Sharing your frustrations and challenges

Mark.Freed / 16 Oct 2019

Sharing your frustrations and challenges

We get many emails from members of our community sharing their frustrations and challenges.   We received this one this week following up on some work I had done to call out some bad practice at a bank. Do you feel like this? Does it highlight the challenges faced by...

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E2W coach Elizabeth ONeill - Mentoring and Coaching are not the same.

Katie.Dix / 10 Oct 2019

E2W coach Elizabeth ONeill - Mentoring and Coaching are not the same.

"After nearly 20 years of building and leading technical teams and organisational change, I know that people are the key to success." Elizabeth is leading an E2W event discussing Leaders in Technology on the 28th November, kindly hosted by Liquidnet. You can register your space...

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Jane Johnson “I increasingly see diversity handled as a campaign or even a commercial product, when it’s actually about huge cultural change.”

Katie.Dix / 09 Oct 2019

Jane Johnson “I increasingly see diversity handled as a campaign or even a commercial product, when it’s actually about huge cultural change.”

Are firms spending more on promoting themselves as being diverse and inclusive than they are on making the changes necessary to move the dial? Many of our regular readers will have noticed the rising levels of frustration that having invested in and built a capability to be able to quickly...

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“All too often, you look upwards for allies and ignore the guy that is sitting right next you.”

Mark.Freed / 30 Sep 2019

“All too often, you look upwards for allies and ignore the guy that is sitting right next you.”

I am delighted to have been invited to speak at Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (PIMFA) Women in Wealth Forum on 8th October 2019. I have been asked to speak on the subject of Male Allies, a subject that fills me with mixed emotions and fears. I see so...

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Olga Anderson ‘That Damn I Look Good Feeling’

Katie.Dix / 25 Sep 2019

Olga Anderson ‘That Damn I Look Good Feeling’

That ‘Damn I Look Good’ Feeling Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and fully appreciating what you see before you. Sometimes it feels as though we shun compliments in favour of modesty. For many years, women were persuaded to never draw attention to their beauty, intelligence or...

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Leading through change with emotional intelligence

Katie.Dix / 24 Sep 2019

Leading through change with emotional intelligence

Kat is leading an E2W event on the 14th November 2019 on 'Leading through change with emotional intelligence.' In this event we’ll give you the opportunity to experiment with some coaching tools that will come in handy whatever your level of experience. This event is kindly...

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Dr Alessandra Wall: Working Harder Isn’t Working for Women

Katie.Dix / 17 Sep 2019

Dr Alessandra Wall: Working Harder Isn’t Working for Women

Work hard. Now work just a little bit harder. Push the limit. Give more. Do more. Show them how much you care. Let them see how dedicated, driven, and talented you are. For many women, this is the recipe for success - or so they think. Because every woman knows...

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The importance of supporting working single-mothers in the asset management industry

Katie.Dix / 17 Sep 2019

The importance of supporting working single-mothers in the asset management industry

E2W member Guinevere Taylor - Associate Director at RBC Global Asset Management. "I was listening to a great talk about diversity a few weeks ago, that focused on youth and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in the asset management industry. An interesting snippet of...

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E2W coach Kat - Make an impact - have an opinion

Katie.Dix / 10 Sep 2019

E2W coach Kat - Make an impact - have an opinion

Kat is leading an E2W event on the 14th November 2019 on 'Leading through change with emotional intelligence.' In this event we’ll give you the opportunity to experiment with some coaching tools that will come in handy whatever your level of experience. This event is kindly hosted by...

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Dr Alessandra Wall - Mastering Difficult Conversations Part I: Three Reasons Women Avoid Tough Conversations

Katie.Dix / 28 Aug 2019

Dr Alessandra Wall - Mastering Difficult Conversations Part I: Three Reasons Women Avoid Tough Conversations

Mastering Difficult Conversations Part I: Three Reasons Women Avoid Tough Conversations How many complex situations do you navigate every day? One, four, 14? Whether it's convincing your reluctant preteen to take a shower without shaming him for his noxious aroma, sharing a poor performance review with an employee, or pitching...

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Diversity - Stop the talking and start doing!

Mark.Freed / 21 Aug 2019

Diversity - Stop the talking and start doing!

It’s time that the doomsayers, the blockers, the talkers and those with a vested interest moved over and made way for the doers, the deliverers, the agents of change in the quest for a better, fairer and more diverse industry! The statistics show that all the talk and...

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E2W candidates are, more often than not, the best person for the job and team!

Mark.Freed / 14 Aug 2019

E2W candidates are, more often than not, the best person for the job and team!

I read a great article last week by Sallie Krawcheck, the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest. Sallie had been asked, whilst on a conference panel, the question “Knowing that diversity is a desirable objective, if you have two candidates for a board role and the white male is...

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Sharing your frustrations…

Mark.Freed / 07 Aug 2019

Sharing your frustrations…

  At E2W, we get many women contacting us each week asking for help and support, summing up their feelings and frustrations. They feel they can talk to us as a trusted friend and support network. I received a note this week which seemed to talk for many ...

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