In this episode we are joined by Edie Lush, ex Bloomberg TV reporter, journalist, podcast host and presentation coach. For years Edie Lush has coached many of our most senior clients in financial services and capital markets, helping them become compelling, confident speakers. In this episode, Edie offers tips, tricks and advice on how to be compelling over digital channels. During the discussion we talk about how to sell and consultative selling techniques – skills that are incredibly important in today’s COVID-19 remote working reality.
RecordedApr 9 202028 mins
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This episode discusses diversity and inclusion through data, leadership, insights and bias-free scientific intelligence. Host Julia Streets is joined by Rana Gujral,an entrepreneur speaker, investor and CEO at Behavioural Signals and Anna Tan, a leading Asian corporate transformation and leadership coach and consultant This two part interview starts by considering data, behaviour, Artificial Intelligence, learning mindsets and the importance of linking these to diversity with Rana Gujral. In the second interview, Anna Tan discusses leadership, the mindsets of leaders, the science of diversity and inclusion, and how teams can achieve high performance by fully embracing diverse thinking.
This episode discusses the Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce, backed by the UK Treasury and the City of London Corporation, with the mandate to increase socio-economic diversity at senior level in professional and financial services. Host Julia Streets is joined by Yasmine Chinwala, a partner at capital markets think tank New Financial and Chris Woolard, Financial Services Partner at EY and Chair of its Global Financial Services Regulation Network. They discuss the rate of progression to senior management, of ethnic minorities and women, looking at data from the Women in Finance Charter. They discuss the importance of socio-economic inclusion and share views on what the finance sector can do to appeal, recruit and retain staff from the widest and sometimes overlooked sections of society, through inclusive initiatives.
As we celebrate Pride, this episode focuses on a detailed discussion about educating businesses and creating the best experience for transgender and gender diverse people in the workplace; from coming out to transitioning, and workplace benefits of trans employees. Host Julia Streets is joined by Celia Daniels, Chief Programmes Officer for Trans Can Work, who advises top Fortune 100 companies, by educating, empowering and advocating for transgender and gender non-binary individuals in the business world, and Meaghan Crockett, Life Event Services consultant and lead for the Transgender and Gender Identity Support Team at Bank of America. They discuss the partnership between the two organisations in order to prepare and protect trans and gender diverse people in the corporate workspace, through policies and best practice. The three share views on the pending legislation in the United States and the invisibility of trans people in India.
This in-depth discussion focuses on the rise of the #StopAsianHate campaign and the United States Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, when President Biden signed the bipartisan Covid 19 hate crime legislation. Host Julia Streets is joined by Jeff Le, Vice President of Public Policy and External Affairs for Rhino from Washington D.C. and Nick Parker, Lawyer at Baker McKenzie from London. They thoughtfully navigate through the uncomfortable but long overdue conversation around discrimination against East Asians, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the lack of representation from a corporate and personal perspective. They continue by addressing how stereotypical perceptions of the ‘model minority’ can deter career progression, and the importance of how changing the mindsets of managers and leaders can lead to positive change and inclusion.
This in-depth discussion focuses on the India Work Equality Index, India’s first comprehensive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) inclusion in the workplace. Host Julia Streets is joined by Ram Sinha, Co-Founder of Pride Circle, India and Vicky Hayden, Head of Global Partnerships at Stonewall, UK. They discuss civil society from an LGBT perspective, representation in products and services, benchmarking and standards of business conduct across the world. The three share views about the importance of inclusion, the value of collective initiatives and why indexes matter, examining the challenges and realities of upholding global values and how this translates into local impact.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Sir Kenneth Olisa, Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, Founder and Chairman of the Aleto Foundation. Freeman of the City of London, Liveryman and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Patron of Thames Reach and Paul Sesay, CEO at Precedent Group, Founder and CEO of Inclusive Companies Limited, Black Leaders, the National Diversity Awards and the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. In this wide ranging discussion they discuss the importance of prioritising the recruitment, selection and promotion of alternative talent - particularly in tech - as key to navigating challenging times and rebuilding the economy. They talk about the risks of bias in redundancy decision making, the significance of black male role models in the context of tackling institutional racism, the value of board diversity and the competitive advantage that social mobility can bring.
For our international Women’s Day episode, host Julia Streets is joined by Yvonne Thompson CBE, Entrepreneur, Campaigner and Activist and Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity. Together they share their experiences of the changing face of entrepreneurship and business over the decades. The discussion sets out priorities when building back businesses in 2021, considers key steps to gender parity and explores the impact of Covid-19 on the female workforce. They talk about new models of leadership and the important attributes required to be successful. The conversation turns to social inclusion and the value of entrepreneurship, corporate intrepreneurs and the importance of involving women and ethnic minorities in idea generation and business decision-making.
In this extended episode in celebration of LGBT History Month, host Julia Streets is joined by Dr Daniel Conway, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, and Jack Guest, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Global Wealth & Personal Banking at HSBC. They start the discussion by charting the social and political history of PRIDE, then discuss the varied perspectives on the"corporatisation" of PRIDE. A complex topic, together they consider the realities, opportunities and challenges of promoting LGBTQ+ rights around the world. They discuss the varying degrees of acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ+ employees, how organisations can play a role in delivering international best practice, building and supporting communities, engaging with policy change and challenging homophobia. The discussion extends yet further to explore the importance of the intersectionality of PRIDE, comparing and evaluating the difference between sponsorship and advocacy, and why businesses must live up to the values they are claiming.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Dr Kamal Munir of Cambridge Judge Business School. Together they discuss the “Change the Race Ratio” campaign for greater racial equality on executive boards and consider the importance of greater ethnic representation in universities. They share detailed insights from personal leadership experience about how best to create inclusive cultures in which diverse talent can thrive. Together they consider the health, economic, political and social landscape of 2021 and set clear expectations of business leaders to place diversity and inclusion at the heart of their strategic plans for future success.
What better way to launch the 10th series of DiverCity Podcast, than for host Julia Streets to welcome guest Baroness Helena Morrissey DBE. In this far reaching discussion, they reflect on the 30% Club, which Helena founded in 2010, and discuss her role as Chair of the Diversity Project. Helena shares her insights and learning as an industry leader, considers the progression of women on boards worldwide, and expands on the requirements for organisational change. Together they explore Helena's perspectives on new hybrid working models, the importance of mentoring and the role of male champions. Finally, as she reflects on the past decade, Helena explains why financial firms must authentically prioritise diversity and inclusion in order to reap the rewards and harness the commercial and investment opportunities on offer.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Mitesh Sheth, Chief Executive Officer of Redington and Jayne Styles, co-lead of the Diversity Project’s Ambassador Programme. They discuss ‘building back better’ in the investment management industry and the role of consultants and investors in driving change. They share detailed insights about how best to attract and onboard diverse talent with particular consideration for ethnic minority employees and staff with disabilities. Together they share their perspectives about building and changing workplace culture, corporate and individual resilience and the importance of fully embracing D&I to ensure organisations are adaptable, a fundamental requirement for survival and growth. Reflecting on 2020, Jayne and Mitesh also observe how many firms are reviewing their purpose, taking into account lessons learned through this lockdown year.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Arlene McDermott, co-chair of the London Stock Exchange Group Proud network and Ethan Salathiel, coach, consultant, programme leader and entrepreneur.
In this episode, and timed to continue the support for Transgender Awareness Week, Julia, Arlene and Ethan discuss what firms can do to make room for all LGBTQ+ employees, with a particular focus on individuals wanting to transition. They discuss the importance of senior and middle management leadership, the importance of intersectionality and how organisations can remove the barriers between various networks and communities.
Together they recognise that for some it may still be concerning to be out and the importance of corporate culture in attracting, supporting and therefore retaining talent. As we head into tough economic times, they examine why maintaining LGBTQ+ issues as a high priority on the D&I and corporate agendas really matters right now.
In this faith-focused episode, explored from Jewish, Christian and Sikh perspectives, host Julia Streets is joined by Zaki Cooper, Co-Founder of Faiths United, Wes Ilingsworth, Lead of the City Team at St. Helen’s Bishopsgate and Syra Sanghera, Analyst at Man Group and ambassador for City Sikhs and founding member of the Faiths United Youth Network.
Julia, Zaki, Wes and Syra discuss the complex topic of faith as an intrinsic part of personal identity, how it impacts how and for whom we work and organisational structures. They share ideas and best practice about how to create faith-friendly organisations and how to promote a culture of inclusion.
Together they explore remote working and religious practices, the role of faith in garnering corporate resilience, the dynamics of faith and ethnicity, the challenges of intersectionality, and the legal, moral and economic reasons why diversity and inclusion matters right now.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Amy French, Head of Level39 and Rosie Turner, Co-CEO and Co-Founder at InChorus Group.
The Fintech for All Charter is a commitment to increase diversity and inclusion across Fintechs, led by InChorus and supported by Level39, Innovate Finance, the FinTech Alliance and the Financial Conduct Authority.
In this episode Julia, Rosie and Amy discuss how the charter will focus on the entire spectrum of D&I and consider the areas where greater inclusion is needed. They focus on The Charter’s concerning findings of aggressive behaviours and harassment, specifically how they have increased while working from home during Covid. How can concerns be raised and best addressed by organisations and leaders.
Together they present the commercial case for greater inclusivity within Fintechs, the anticipated impact The Charter will have and how progress will be measured, based on both membership and cultural change.
Host Julia Streets interviews Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England. This episode, recorded shortly after Inclusion Week, outlines how the Bank of England ensures that diversity and inclusion is embedded in its culture, as well as its commitment to diversity and inclusion, The Bank’s key areas of focus, which includes supporting staff during Covid-1 and the importance of social mobility. As one of the world’s oldest financial institutions, the Governor discusses the progress made, why diversity must remain a high priority, and sets The Bank’s expectations on firms to align and demonstrate similar commitment.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Jon Guy, Secretary General of the Islamic Insurance Association of London and Dr Mohammed Abdel-Haq, Professor in Banking and a Director of the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton.
The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and Islamic Insurance Association of London (IIAL) have collaborated with the University of Bolton to launch an MBA in Islamic Insurance and Risk. Together, they discuss Shariah Law as it affects the principles of finance, insurance and risk management. They emphasise the importance of engaging with ethnic minorities to achieve the economic and international potential on offer, to dispel any misconceptions about career advancement and create centres of world class talent excellence. They also discuss the need for greater gender representation, how to improve, and how to cultivate ultimately inclusive-minded, enlightened leaders.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Rosemary Frazer, Disability Equality and Inclusion Consultant and Louise Newby, Director of Three Eggs Mental Health Training. Together they explore the resilience and realities of employees with disabilities and the compelling reasons for supporting employees and leaders with dedicated mental health programmes. They consider the challenges of onboarding new graduates and the importance of a relentless focus on diversity and inclusion in this current climate. They discuss corporate attitudes towards disability within the financial services industry and how fintech is enabling change, and how good mental health drives greater productivity and problem solving.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Bem Le Hunte, Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and international author and expert in the field of Creative Intelligence, Susan Warner, Head of Community Engagement at Mastercard and Founder of Girls4Tech and Edwina Dunn, Chairman of Starcount and Founder of the Female Lead. In these three separate interviews Julia considers youth talent - our next generation of change makers and leaders. The episode explores models of education, the need to inspire female STEM talent from school age and examples of how to do this, the importance of visible living role models, how education must adapt to help students gain a broad set of skills, how organisations must respond and how all students can become future leaders with integrity, authenticity and creativity.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Georgina Philippou, Chief Operating Officer, and member of the Executive Committee at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This interview sets a clear expectation of the UK’s 50,000+ regulated and supervised firms to focus on and demonstrate commitment to the diversity and inclusion agenda. Together they explore the FCA’s own commitment to driving change, exploring equality objectives, inclusive cultures and how the FCA is holding the industry to account through rules and guidance.
Since our launch in 2017, race has been an important topic on DiverCity Podcast. In light of the death of George Floyd triggering demonstrations and protests in the United States and around the world, raising deep seated concerns about systemic racism and spotlighting the Black Lives Matter Movement, we have interrupted our planned schedule to bring you this Special Extended Episode.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Dr. Funke Abimbola MBE, Chief Executive Officer at the Austen Bronte Consultancy; Paul Monekosso Cleal OBE, Executive Director at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston University and National Citizen Service Trust and an adviser to Sainsbury’s and FA Premier League; Donna Herdsman, award winning Professional Services Executive, Mentor and Career Coach and Reggie Nelson, Graduate Analyst at Legal and General InvestmentManagement (LGIM). They discuss institutional racism, black representation and retention, what organisations and leaders can do to recognise racism, challenge behaviours and drive change, the language of race, and how best to attract and retain black talent in the financial services industry.
Exploring Diversity & Inclusion in financial services
We’ve seen a growing appreciation of the value of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in the financial services industry. Organisations have increased their focus on D&I initiatives, but is this simply marketing rhetoric? Some would argue that we’ve seen great progress, whilst others would say there is still much to be done.
For each episode of DiverCity Podcast we invite recognised leaders and influencers – people who are pioneers in their own right – to talk about areas of transformation and aspects of D&I that need greater focus. Our contributors offer their insight and practical ideas to help organisations and individuals drive change.