Held at the Royal Garden Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge the summit was a gathering of senior decision makers in the Financial Services industry. This conference examined the role of the Government and financial regulators in addressing the imbalance of seniority between genders and determined what could be done to identify the barriers to women entering and progressing in the financial services sector.
WIBF President Vivienne Artz was sitting on the morning panel which addressed What more can be done to identify the barriers to women entering and progressing in the financial services sector? Promoting “The Power of Equality” and moving towards closing “three Gs” – the participation gap, the remuneration gap and advancement gap. How can we ensure that gender diversity remains high on the business agenda despite all the other pressures in the financial services industry?
Keynote addresses came from Rt Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, who we have been delighted to announce as keynote speaker at our Awards for Achievement luncheon in June, Mary MacLeod, Ambassador, London Women’s Forum & Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry and Megan Butler, Executive Director of Supervision – Investment, Wholesale and Specialists, Financial Conduct Authority.
The mood of the day was optimistic. Megan Butler stated “the possibility of positive change towards a more diverse, open, tolerant and learning culture within financial services,” adding “business sentiment” in financial services has “shifted in the last year”.
Much discussion was around the publication of gender gap reports and the Women in Finance charter as well as diversity and inclusion in areas other than gender.
City and Financial who organised the conference have produced this highlight video of the conference.