Wall Street and Finance used to be an “all white boys club”. Great progress has been made and this has changed a lot recently. Of course, despite the progress, we still have a lot more work to do to achieve parity. According to this report in CNBC, less than 17 percent of senior positions in investment banks are held by women.
In our series about Women Leading the Finance Industry, we had the great pleasure to talk to scores of women who are leaders in Finance. In the course of our interview we asked each of them the following question:
“In your opinion or experience, which 3 things can be done by a)individuals b)companies and c) society to support the movement towards greater gender parity in the finance industry?”
Below you will find the insights from ten powerful women in finance. (You can click each image to read the entire interview.)
The ongoing gap is an area Fidelity has given a lot of attention to, and it’s a personal focus of mine, too. Here, in my view, are some things stakeholders can ascribe to so they can provide women with the training, confidence and opportunity to shine in financial services:
· Open-mindedness. Hiring managers need to think much more broadly as to who they may consider as candidates for financial services positions. Don’t look at a candidate based on what your workforce currently looks like; you’ll never become more diverse with that old-school thinking. Understand your customers, their needs and preferences, and examine your employee demographics. Take some risks with smart, capable people who may not already have a financial background; they can learn!
Source - Read More at: medium.com