Welcome to a special edition of DE&I That Caught our Eye, which celebrates International Women’s Day 2022! In this edition we have chosen to showcase and amplify the voices of Women Networks and Allies who are working hard to #BreakTheBias. While we would love to give a shout out to every single individual who is helping to improve the workplace for women, we have decided to highlight just a few of the networks and individuals who have particularly caught our eye for the incredible work they have done and continue to do for women. We hope you enjoy this special edition, and are as inspired by the work of these networks and individuals as we are.
The DiverCity® Podcast Team
Ann Cairns is the Global Co-Chair of the 30% Club and Executive Vice Chairman of Mastercard. The 30% Club is a business campaign aiming to boost the number of women in board seats and executive leadership of companies all over the world. More than 1,000 board chairs and CEOs across more than 20 countries have already signed up as members to deliver at least 30% female representation at both levels.
Bhavini ‘Bev’ Shah is the CEO and Founder of City Hive, a think tank and advocacy group working in partnership with companies and grassroots organisations to build an inclusive Investment Management Industry and an equitable and sustainable society. Behind this is a strong belief that to achieve social equality, the investment industry needs to better represent society and access to investing and investment must be democratised.
Helena Morrisey, DBE, is the Chair of The Diversity Project, a cross-company initiative championing a more inclusive culture within the Savings and Investment profession. As part of IWD 2022, they have launched “the Future Female Fund Managers Programme.” This unique programme is aimed to help more women fulfil their potential as fund managers and hopefully improve results, future-proof the industry and of course help talented women.
The Muslim Women Connect network is a UK-wide organisation that supports Muslim women to overcome personal, institutional and societal barriers to career success and fulfilment, run entirely by Muslim women for Muslim women. The network is run by a small team of volunteers with lived experience of the challenges that Muslim women face at work.
Vanessa Vallely is the CEO and Founder of We Are The City, a women’s network that offers career networking, events, conferences, awards, webinars, news, & so much more. They have created a dedicated section on WeAreTheCity for all things IWD, including latest news, inspirational articles and events celebrating International Women’s Day.
The Youth Group is an organisation that provides young people (18-30) with the tools they really need to get ahead and grow in work. The network enables them to access jobs, skills and mentors. The CEO and Founder, Jack Parsons, is the UK’s Chief Youth Officer who is passionate about championing the interests of all young people across the country.