Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Series Ten, Episode One – Reflections on a decade of diversity and inclusion: Baroness Helena Morrissey reflects on progress and considers the road ahead

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.

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Series Nine, Episode Seven – Build Back Better: The requirement for resilience

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.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Series Nine, Episode Five : Faith in the City – how wearing faith with pride and corporate religious networks can cultivate faith-friendly and inclusive organisations

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.

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Friday, October 16th, 2020

Series Nine, Episode Three -The Bank of England’s perspective: A special recording with Andrew Bailey

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.

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Series Nine, Episode Two – Islamic Finance: The Principles, Potential and Imperative for Encouraging Islamic Talent

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. 

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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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