Category: Thought Leadership

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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Recruiting women needn’t feel like the ‘square peg, round hole’ conundrum

Rhian Bowler / 23 Jan 2018

Recruiting women needn’t feel like the ‘square peg, round hole’ conundrum

Rhian Bowler, the E2W Leadership Coach, shares her experiences and views on E2W’s recent paper, ‘Recruitment Strategies for Financial Institutions to Meet Gender Diversity Targets’ and explains how challenges really should be seen as opportunities.   As the E2W leadership coach with...

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Football, entertainment and financial services – what do they all have in common?

Mark.Freed / 16 Jan 2018

Football, entertainment and financial services – what do they all have in common?

In the press recently there has been lots of coverage of women’s issues.  Here Mark explores some of them and realises that women are facing similar issues and that they need to stand up and be counted.  Football, entertainment and financial services – what do they...

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Recruitment Strategies for Financial Institutions to Meet Gender Diversity Targets

Mark.Freed / 19 Dec 2017

Recruitment Strategies for Financial Institutions to Meet Gender Diversity Targets

To meet commitments, like 50/50 by 2020 many firms will need to ensure that they recruit more women than men across the board. However, the best performers are struggling to exceed 40% women in their new recruits and in certain divisions, technology and front office for example, the gender...

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A little obsessed with gender pay gap reporting

Mark.Freed / 05 Dec 2017

A little obsessed with gender pay gap reporting

As the deadline for gender pay gap reporting becomes ever closer (April 2018), Mark Freed examines how other industries’ gender pay gaps compare to that of financial services. I am, some might say, becoming a little obsessed with gender pay gap reporting but that’s because it matters. ...

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The Power of Coaching

Rhian Bowler / 29 Nov 2017

The Power of Coaching

The Power of Coaching Personal coaching brings many benefits, some expected, but many are a surprise to those experiencing coaching for the first time.  We often don’t know, what we don’t know!  This may sound crass or clunky, however many individuals who have undertaken...

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E2W Recruitment Tips and Insights

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2017

E2W Recruitment Tips and Insights

In the summer of 2017, E2W carried out a survey of its’ members on their experiences of the recruitment process.  Several gender-recruitment influenced questions were asked including the impact on the process of having a female hiring manager.  “Notably, those with a female hiring manager were...

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Hampton-Alexander Review - women on FTSE boards

Mark.Freed / 15 Nov 2017

Hampton-Alexander Review - women on FTSE boards

I was honoured to be invited to the launch of the second Hampton-Alexander Review earlier this month, an inspiring and encouraging event.  The Hampton-Alexander Review is an independent review body which builds on the excellent work of the Davies Review to increase the number of women on FTSE boards...

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If your recruitment partner tells you they can only find qualified male candidates, they’re wrong

Mark.Freed / 11 Oct 2017

If your recruitment partner tells you they can only find qualified male candidates, they’re wrong

Mark Freed E2W CEO says "If your recruitment partner tells you they can only find qualified male candidates, they’re probably wrong."  Meeting gender targets that enable businesses to collect the gender dividend depend on them being able to recruit more women. If you are...

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Gender Diversity - “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”

Mark.Freed / 05 Oct 2017

Gender Diversity - “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”

This week E2W CEO, Mark Freed, does the maths to show what banks will need to do to meet their gender diversity commitments and makes some practical suggestions about what needs to change in the recruitment process. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting...

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Keeping ‘mum’ or going ‘public’?

Mark.Freed / 02 Oct 2017

Keeping ‘mum’ or  going ‘public’?

Here at E2W, we face problems and opportunities on a daily basis - big and small - that's the nature of business.  I worry most about hidden problems and missed opportunities, those that no one recognises.  These represent risks to the business or a failure to...

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Women’s Experiences in the Recruitment Process - Survey Report Sept 2017

Mark.Freed / 16 Sep 2017

Women’s Experiences  in the Recruitment Process - Survey Report Sept 2017

In a world where financial institutions are signing the Women in Finance Charter and those same institutions are making commitments such as a 50/50 male/female workforce by 2020, can you believe that almost a third of women applying for positions in financial services feel disadvantaged because of their gender? We asked...

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How do you answer the question about the business case for gender diversity in Financial Services?

Mark.Freed / 15 Sep 2017

How do you answer the question about the business case for gender diversity in Financial Services?

A woman’s touch Generally, we think of mining as being a male dominated industry: mining conjures up images of black faced men and boys, blinking in the sunlight as they come above ground after a very hard day’s labour.  In this industry women have...

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The E2W Recruitment Survey

Mark.Freed / 08 Sep 2017

The E2W Recruitment Survey

In a world where financial institutions are signing the Women in Finance Charter, making commitments such as a 50/50 male/female workforce by 2020 & reporting their gender pay gap data, can you believe that almost a third of women applying for positions in financial services feel disadvantaged because of their gender? ...

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Looking at the world through the gender diversity lens

Mark.Freed / 06 Sep 2017

Looking at the world through the gender diversity lens

Last month I saw the following post on LinkedIn: “Just declined a law firm panel event invitation – 5-person panel – all male. Please chaps – if you’re asked to speak on a panel ask where the women are! These kinds of opportunities are important for...

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Do you recruit the ‘best person for the job’  or the ‘best person for the team’?

Mark.Freed / 05 Sep 2017

Do you recruit the ‘best person for the job’  or the ‘best person for the team’?

All the evidence points to the fact that diverse teams perform better.  Diverse teams help organisations attract a diverse client base; diverse teams accelerate innovation; diverse teams boost morale and staff retention.  Why, then, are we still recruiting for the ‘best person for the job’ and...

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Inappropriate Interview Questions

Mark.Freed / 03 Aug 2017

Inappropriate Interview Questions

This week, a female politician reached the highest rank of her political party, a promotion to be celebrated – she is only the second woman to hold the role. Just seven hours into her position she was asked whether it would be acceptable for her to take maternity leave should...

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Targets & Time - How valuable are they in achieving gender parity?

Mark.Freed / 29 Jun 2017

Targets & Time - How valuable are they in achieving gender parity?

Previously, we’ve discussed the value of gender targets in the move towards gender-balanced workforces, and despaired that at the current pace of progress it will take over a century until gender parity is established at all levels across financial services.  Targets have been valuable in making...

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