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, June 13th, 2018

Series Two, Episode Ten: Driving D&I on the Investment Floor

Bhavini ‘Bev’ Shah, Founder and CEO of City Hive, and Justin Onuekwusi, Multi Asset Fund Manager at Legal & General Investment Management, discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Asset Management Industry. Areas discussed in this episode include: the under-representation of ethnic minorities at senior levels, the importance of cognitive diversity and recruiting people with different backgrounds, why business models need to change to incorporate diversity, how the asset management industry can attract more graduates and appeal to younger clients, the sensitivities around talking about race in the workplace, and why we may need to re-examine terms like 'BAME'.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Series Two Episode Nine: Calling Time on Inequality

Liz Lumley, Steering Committee Member at FinTechTECHTalents18, Founder of The Collective Network and Advisory Board Member of DNXCommunity, discusses how fintechs can find more diverse talent, the barriers facing female founders, the crucial part men must play in driving gender equality, the FinTech Parity Pledge and why raising the visibility of women and ethnic minorities is one of the most important drivers of D&I.

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Series Two, Episode Eight: Diversity in Insurance and the Essential Topic of Mental Health

Josh Brekenfeld, Oversight Manager, Lloyds of London, and Jemima Jefferson, Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) consultant and Mental Health First Aid National Trainer with Mental Health First Aid England, explore the question of LGBT and D&I progress from the perspective of one of the City's oldest financial institutions, and how to accelerate the pace of change. On this podcast we take our first foray into the essential topic of mental health, offering practical advice for corporates to help employees.

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