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, March 11th, 2020

Series Seven, Episode Four: Balance Beyond the Spectrum: Neurodiversity and mental health in the workplace

In this episode, host Julia Streets is joined by Dr Nancy Doyle, Chartered Psychologist and founder and CEO of Genius Within CIC and Andy Gibson, award-winning entrepreneur, author and Head Gardener of Mindapples. They discuss how workplaces are not ideally set up to accommodate neurodiverse individuals in comparison to ‘neurotypical’ employees, attitudes towards mental health in the working environment and in general, the physical versus mental health prioritisation imbalance, the intersectionality of neurodiversity and mental health, and what financial services organisations must consider adopting to help people make the most of their minds.

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Series Seven, Episode Three: Transformation vs Innovation – The future and the female global workforce

In this episode, host Julia Streets is joined by Claire Calmejane, Group Chief Innovation Officer for Societe Generale, and Gemma Young, Founder of the DiversiTech Hub and Women of FinTech. They discuss the female global workforce, the importance of prioritising inclusion over diversity and how policy can be used as a lever to drive inclusion. They also explore innovations in banking, tech and digital platforms, how diversity sits on par with climate change as a business imperative, and the demands and expectations from the next generation around the future of work.

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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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