3 Keys to Creating More Opportunity for Women in Financial Services

March 22, 2021

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Editor's note: Watch a replay of the Cultivating Community for Women in Finance event.

Last year, when Citigroup named Jane Fraser as its new CEO, she became the first woman ever to head a major U.S. bank

It’s a momentous milestone for gender equality in the finance industry, but there’s still much work to be done. According to an article published last summer at Investopedia, women accounted for only:

  • 9% of senior roles in venture capital
  • 6% of senior roles in private equity
  • 11% of senior management roles in hedge funds

It’s past time for women to gain more seats at the leadership table in finance. To learn how this can become a reality, we’re thrilled to be taking part in a panel of highly successful female experts and executives for an in-depth discussion on creating systemic change in the financial field.

Our friends at Invesco US hosted a LinkedIn Live event, Women in Financial Services, on Wednesday, March 24th at 1:30 PM ET/11:30 AM PT. Here’s what you can look forward to in the replay.

Charting the Path Forward for Women in Finance

As CEO of The Female Quotient, Shelley Zalis is fully dedicated to the cause of equality in the workplace. Her organization focuses on bringing visibility to women, activating solutions for change, and creating metrics for accountability. Shelley will serve as moderator in this candid discussion, featuring three other influential women leading in different corners of the financial services landscape:

The conversations will primarily center on three key initiatives when it comes to elevating women in financial services:

Joining Communities

The first essential step toward gaining influence and impact in financial services is identifying the right networks and platforms to establish a presence. These panelists will share their own viewpoints and experiences on the best professional communities for women in finance to connect and engage.

Building Your Voice

It’s an unfortunate byproduct of deep-seated institutional and systemic biases: women have had a more difficult time getting their voices heard, whether in finance or many other industries. The panelists will share their guidance on carving out a distinct and credible voice, both inside the organization and outside, in those aforementioned networks and communities. By taking the latter step, you can become a go-to thought leader.

Stewarding Your Organization

One person cannot do it alone. Driving real change requires collective commitment and investment. Initiatives like the Asset Management Diversity Project, of which Invesco is a founding member, exemplify what a collaborative program looks like in practice. Panelists will offer tips on how you can help spearhead such initiatives and guide your organization toward greater economic opportunity for women.

Accelerating Progress Toward Equality in Financial Services

As we count down the final days of Women’s History Month, it’s a good time to turn our focus toward women’s future in business leadership. Trailblazing individuals like Shelley, Karin, Kristina, and Margaret are helping lead us into a more balanced and equitable future in financial services. 

By joining their upcoming LinkedIn Live panel, you’ll gain concrete guidance and advice to join the movement and help usher finance into a new era.

Watch a replay of the Cultivating Community for Women in Finance event.

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