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WERKIN

WERKIN

Q+A: WERKIN with Elizabeth Martine

Elizabeth Martine, now a Senior Operational Risk Manager at Barclays, has spent much of her career reflecting on what the stubbornly male-dominated finance industry can do to become more inclusive, particularly of women. In addition to her focus on operational risk, she also co-leads the Women on Boards, Boards Placement Programme within Win, the Barclays gender agenda initiative, and is a mentor at Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF), a UK-based professional organisation.
Liz Hughes

Liz Hughes

Glass ceilings were meant to be broken

In the mid-1970s a question on the entrance exam paper for a well-known investment firm’s trainee programme read: "When you meet a woman, what interests you most about her?” The correct answer was beauty. Those who answered intelligence, one of the other options available, were penalised .
Alexis Faber
Personal Development

Alexis Faber

Body Language for Successful Women: Do you have to behave like “one of the boys” to be successful?

We are drawn to follow those who are confident and likable. Your body language influences how you are perceived; as a leader or a follower. Could a better understanding of your body language help you advance in an environment where ever finer margins separate who advances who does not?
Jemma Waters, Lloyds Banking Group and Graciella Martin Rijo, University of Warwick

Jemma Waters, Lloyds Banking Group and Graciella Martin Rijo, University of Warwick

Is the gender agenda enough? How can we ensure diversity of culture, background and thinking?

Earlier this summer, Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) and Lloyds Banking Group hosted a hackathon to mobilise change for women in the workplace. Over 300 women and manbassadors from across the tech, finance, banking and charity sectors joined forces to hack key issues hampering gender equality and fairness of opportunity. This second paper focuses on Inclusion and Diversity.
Soraya M. Hakuziyaremy
Gender Balanced Business

Soraya M. Hakuziyaremy

African Women in Global Banking: a daunting journey?

Soraya is a Senior VP, Risk Manager at ING Bank in London, covering counterparty risk with a focus on Global Insurers and European hedge funds and asset managers. Here, she writes about the lack of African women in banking.
Jay Surti

Jay Surti

Why Presentation Skills Are Important For Career Success

Visibility and profile building are essential for career success these days. If people don’t know about your or what you can do, how can they put opportunities your way? There are several ways to build a profile. Jay Surti, WIBF's Head of Mentoring explains why being a skilful presenter is so important.
Powered by Lloyds Banking Group - Jemma Waters
Career Management

Powered by Lloyds Banking Group - Jemma Waters

Inclusion and Diversity in Tech: The Levers of Change

‘Loud and Clear, you belong here!’ – Tackling imposter syndrome head on
Alexis Faber
Career Management

Alexis Faber

Is Your Own Mind Holding Your Career Back? Cognitive Bias and Women’s Careers

In male-doiminated professions, a woman may also see few models of successful women in the field, so some men and some women may unconsciously assume that being male is a pre-condition to being successful.
Dominie Moss
Career Management

Dominie Moss

Learn How To Pan for Gold

Dominie Moss founded The Return Hub which works with some of the finance industry’s largest employers, helping them to see the positive impact that returners can have.
Claire Calmejane

Claire Calmejane

#ChangetheRatio: why diversity at the top is still a conversation

Statistics show that only 17% of the ICT sector and 23% of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce in the UK are women - and at lower than a 1:5 ratio, significantly less than most other sectors. Worse still, this figure actually reflects a stall in female representation in the technology sector in the last decade.