Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Series Seven, Episode Two: Coming Out and Staying Visible

Host Julia Streets is joined by BBC presenter Jane Hill and partnership and sponsorship consultant Polly Shute discuss the lack of visibility of gay women in society. They consider why LGBTQ+ networks are failing to support and represent the female members of their community, addressing the central question, 'Where are the women?' This wide ranging discussion explores the connotations around language, how identity has changed over time, the reality of the double glass ceiling, what support rising executives need and how corporate and LGBTQ+ networks can become more effective for women, in terms of both gender and intersectional balance. In this episode recorded during LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK, the discussion charts the changes and progress of Pride, Diva Media Group's plans for Lesbian Visibility Week and how organisations can get involved.

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Series Seven, Episode One – Let’s Talk About Race – #TalkAboutBlack

To launch Series 7, Gavin Lewis, Managing Director at BlackRock and co-creator of The Diversity Project’s #TalkAboutBlack initiative joins host Julia Streets in the studio. Gavin explains how the initiative was formed, discusses the taboo subject of race in Britain today and offers many personal perspectives and insights. They explore the challenges of moving up the career ladder and highlights some obstacles that black and other ethnic minorities may face along the way. Gavin’s insights are further supported by advice from Raphael Mokades, Founder and Managing Director of Rare Recruitment. This episode is timed to align with The City A.M. Diversity Decodes Event ‘We have to talk about Race’ hosted by Julia and where Raphael featured as a one of four panellists talking about how to attract and retain ethnic minority candidates.

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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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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Series Six, Episode Three: Looking back at legislative change and facing forward into the digital universe

From time to time we like to seek insight and opinion and expertise beyond our world of financial services. Recorded at the House of Lords, Lord Hayward of Cumnor and Trevor Phillips OBE discuss the pivotal legislative changes which paved the way for the Equality Act 2010. Looking beyond the Act and the Protected Characteristics, they discuss Artificial Intelligence, data, the significance of the digital universe and automatic decision making.

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Series Six, Episode Two: The voices of new and rising talent – Recorded live at Sibos 2019

Recorded live on 'Talent Thursday' at the 2019 global Sibos conference in London, our host Julia Streets is joined by Oxford University PhD Student Kristina Kämpfer, outlining the findings of her diversity research paper, sponsored by the SWIFT Institute. Erin Thornton, Coordinator of the SWIFT Diversity and Inclusion Network and the Sibos STAR Scholarship Programme, explains the importance of sponsoring rising female talent and Julia talks to Carmen Arias González, Laurissa Wiitala and Ibiyemi Okuneye of the cohort. Together they explore what rising talent requires from employers in order to attract, retain and support them on their career journeys. Finally, Rebecca Sterling and Jean-Philippe Richard-Charman, competitors in the SWIFT Institute student challenge, discuss what entering talent demands of financial services organisations and how firms and institutions can engage with each other.

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Series Six, Episode One: Creating space for complete inclusion

Pips Bunce, Head of Global Markets, Technology, Core Engineering Strategic Programmes at Credit Suisse and Ed Thompson, founder and CEO of Uptimize explore neurodiversity and LGBTQI inclusion. As 20% of Generation Z identify as LGBTQI and organisations are beginning to gain greater understanding of neurodiversity across different sectors, they discuss how corporations can foster an environment in the workplace where all forms of diversity are at the core of inclusion.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Series Five, Episode Six: Recruitment through the lens of Social mobility and Returners

In the final episode of Series Five, Dominie Moss, Founder of the Return Hub, and Reggie Nelson from Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM), discuss Returners and those beginning their career in the City. The two consider senior female returners heading back to financial services or transferring their skills to other sectors and reaching the talent pool of young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. They focus on what can organisations do to attract, motivate and retain young and returning talent, the future of work and how the outsourced recruitment process needs to change.

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