DiverCity™ Podcast is a series of podcasts designed to explore the field of diversity and inclusion in financial services.
In each episode we invite guests with a range of corporate, commercial and personal experiences to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and offer practical insights designed to encourage and inspire others to drive even greater change in this field. We examine areas where we have seen effective change, as well as areas where further focus is required. The podcast spans banking, finance, capital markets, entrepreneurship, investment, technology, human resources and government policy.
Julia Streets is the host and executive producer. In addition to her day job as founder & CEO of Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy, Julia is also a stand up comedian, auctioneer and writer. She brings this to you with Cynthia Akinsanya and Robert Pinto-Fernandes who have been tirelessly researching, booking, marketing and promoting the podcasts, all of which are produced by Kieron Yates. You can find more information on each team member below.
We hope you enjoy the podcasts and find them useful, and if you have any research you’d like to share, ideas you’d like to hear discussed or guests you’d like us to invite, we’d love to hear from you!
Meet The Team
Julia is the Founder & CEO of Streets Consulting, a business development, marketing and communications consultancy focused on helping financial services and technology (FinTech) firms grow.
Prior to founding Streets Consulting in 2008, Julia was global head of communications at NYSE Technologies, serving on the Executive Committee and European head of marketing and sales development at Instinet.
In 2013, the City’s Brummell Magazine named Julia one of their ‘30 Inspirational Women on Boards‘ and in 2014 one of their ‘30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs‘. This year she was named one of their ‘30 Inspirational Women / Influencers in the City‘. Every year she has been named one of the leading women in FinTech.
A stand-up comedian, Julia is the author of ‘The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker’, a light-hearted book lampooning corporate jargon. She is frequently called upon to speak at or MC public and private events, including royal gala dinners and City awards, using her platform to discuss fintech innovation, diversity and inclusion. Julia also takes part in smaller literary and cultural festivals, including a number of appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival and London’s iconic Comedy Store. A regular on BBC radio, Julia has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, and in a wide range of national, city and regional press.
This year Julia and her team launched a communications confidence building programme ‘Executive Shine’ coaching professionals from across the industry in how to be heard and command presence in meeting rooms, on conference calls, on stages, panels and as a compelling speaker.
Julia is proud to serve as a trustee of the charity ‘Children in Crisis’ and is a Fellow of the British American Project.
“Diversity in the Finance sector should never be a tick-box exercise. At DiverCity Podcast we will bring to light best practice in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in an effort to inspire and drive change.” – Julia Streets
Cynthia Akinsanya is our Content Manager, looking after the logistics of Divercity™ Podcast. She has a background in marketing and communications in the not-for-profit sector. Cynthia is a keen football fan, as the beautiful game crosses many boundaries to bring people together.
Kieron Yates is our Podcast Producer. Kieron holds an MA in Radio from Goldsmiths, London and works as a freelance radio producer. He has been making podcasts since 2005 most notably for Resonance FM’s “The Bike Show”. In his spare time Kieron enjoys cycling vast distances… he is a three time finisher of the arduous 1200km Paris Brest Paris endurance event.