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, November 27th, 2019

Series Six, Episode Six: Rising to the diversity recruitment challenge

This episode was recorded live at the Women in Payments Conference in Sydney, Australia on 20 November 2019. Our host Julia Streets is joined by Jackie Kallman, Head of Payments Industry and Engagement at ANZ, Deanne Keetelaar, General Manager of Payments & Financial Services, Product & innovation for Australia Post, and Felicity Blake, responsible for ACI’s New Zealand client portfolio. This discussion explores the changing and challenging dynamics of the recruitment process, what organisations can consider in order to appeal to entry level talent and retention over time, the importance of culture, changing leadership dynamics and why we must keep D&I on the agenda during more challenging economic times.

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Series Six, Episode Five – Digital Resilience, Regulation and Risk – Financial education and the regulation of financial services

In this episode, Julia Streets is joined by Lee Willows, Founder and CEO of Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), and Gavin Stewart, Associate Director at Grant Thornton UK LLP, discussing financial education and the transformation of regulation in financial services. In this candid discussion Lee Willows shares his personal journey of gambling addiction and recovery. The two share thoughts about digital resilience, privacy and security, RegTech and how financial services can help consumers and investors achieve better financial wellbeing.

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Series Six, Episode Four: Talking disability – the business case for attracting talent that both includes and empowers disabled employees

In this episode we explore the important subject of disability with Diane Lightfoot, CEO of the Business Disability Forum. Disability isn't necessarily the preserve of the few. Given that some 83% of disabilities are acquired rather than present at birth, we may well be affected at some point in our lives. We discuss the business benefits and the organisational transformation potential for hiring disabled people and Diane helps define some of the language of disability. As always, we offer practical tips and set out a multitude of suggestions about how employees of all abilities can best work together to embrace employees with both visible and non-visible disabilities and long-term conditions.

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