Category: Thought Leadership

Olga Anderson on ‘Clothing: altering your performance at work’

Mark.Freed / 11 Apr 2019

Olga Anderson on ‘Clothing: altering your performance at work’

“The way you look directly affects the way you think, feel, and act . . . When you dress down, you sit down - the couch potato trend. Manners break down, you begin to feel down, and you’re not as effective.” (Kaplan-Leiserson, 2000, p. 39). Psychology for Business Success [4 volumes], Volume 1...

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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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Are you fluent in ‘Gender Pay Gap’?

Mark.Freed / 30 Jan 2019

Are you fluent in ‘Gender Pay Gap’?

We are delighted to introduce you to Sue Carter, a guest contributer.  Sue is a senior communications consultant whose expertise in gender communications comes from working as a journalist in women’s media, as well as developing and delivering niche communications strategy for a wide range of consumer...

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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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“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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