DiverCity® Podcast

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Welcome to DiverCity® Podcast

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.

The podcasts are hosted by Julia Streets, a city entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in financial services. Each podcast features external perspectives and industry research, all of which can be found on our resources page.

If there’s a topic you’d like to hear discussed, a commentator you’d like to suggest, or if you have any feedback, please get in touch.

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Latest Podcasts

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Series Nine, Episode One – Matters of Disability and Mental Health Wellbeing

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.

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Monday, August 17th, 2020

Series Eight, Episode Six – Future Leaders and Change Makers: A focus on the future generation

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.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Series Eight, Episode Five: The regulator’s view: The FCA’s expectations and commitment to diversity & inclusion

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.

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