Leading commentators from the City of London bring fresh perspectives to diversity and Inclusion debate, showcasing D&I initiatives and best practice. DiverCity Podcast is hosted by Julia Streets.
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 challlenges 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.
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.
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.
Special Episode: Let’s TalkAbout Racism - #BlackLivesMatter
Since our launch in 2017, race has been an important topic on DiverCity Podcast. In light of the death of George Floyd triggering demonstrations and protests in the United States and around the world, raising deep seated concerns about systemic racism and spotlighting the Black Lives Matter Movement, we have interrupted our planned schedule to bring you this Special Extended Episode.
Host Julia Streets is joined by Dr. Funke Abimbola MBE, Chief Executive Officer at the Austen Bronte Consultancy; Paul Monekosso Cleal OBE, Executive Director at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston University and National Citizen Service Trust and an adviser to Sainsbury’s and FA Premier League; Donna Herdsman, award winning Professional Services Executive, Mentor and Career Coach and Reggie Nelson, Graduate Analyst at Legal and General InvestmentManagement (LGIM). They discuss institutional racism, black representation and retention, what organisations and leaders can do to recognise racism, challenge behaviours and drive change, the language of race, and how best to attract and retain black talent in the financial services industry.
S8 04 - The importance of gender equality and ethnic minority representation
Host Julia Streets is joined by Ann Cairns, Global Co-Chair of the 30% Club and Executive Vice Chairman of Mastercard and Janet Thomas, former President of Women in Banking and Finance and Managing Director of Infinity Capital Partners. They discuss changing times with #250to25, the possibility of achieving a gender equal society within 25 years and the 30% Club's global ambitions and initiatives. This episode explores ethnic minority representation in financial services, specifically for women of colour, as they navigate their career paths, keenly mindful of the rate of attrition. As members of the 30% Club, Janet and Ann discuss how policy can set targets and drive change and we consider the Covid-19 balancing act between women’s roles at work and home, essential as we frame the evolving world of work.
S8 03 - The Value of Introverts And Importance of Apprentices
Host Julia Streets is joined by Carol Stewart, Coach for high achieving introverted women and Rosie Reynolds, Chief Commercial Officer at Aspect Capital. They discuss the value of introverted employees, their particular leadership strengths and how other leaders can embrace their often overlooked contribution. This episode explores the contribution that apprentices can make in challenging traditional practices and bringing fresh vitality to an organisation. The world of work has changed radically over the past months and together Rosie and Carol consider many of the compelling reasons why diversity and inclusion must remain high on the agenda as we navigate the path ahead - most notably investor scrutiny.