Buy-side Trading Community launches new mentor programme for International Women’s Day

The free scheme is part of a global campaign for International Women’s Day 2023 aiming to tackle gender diversity and encourage more women to enter the trading desks of asset managers and hedge funds.  

The Buy-side Trading Community, a global unsponsored social initiative, today announced the launch of a new mentor/mentee network for buy-side women.  

The free programme for buy-side traders to join globally is part of an International Women’s Day 2023 campaign to tackle gender diversity in a push for more female traders on the trading desk of asset managers and hedge funds.  

The inaugural #buysidewomen campaign was first founded in 2019, and led to buy-side women campaign data from 129 traders globally to be used by the Investment Association and AFME in their joint proposal for a review of market hours in Europe. This, in its turn, led to consultations by the London Stock Exchange Group and Euronext on market structure and trading hours. 

The mission of the latest buy-side women mentor network is to attract, retain and advance female traders; and aims to provide a network for junior traders to meet senior traders and share best practise amongst the community. 

“Since founding the Buy-side Trading Community network in 2009, the needs of traders have been a core focus and objective,” said Anita Karppi, founder of the Buy-side Trading Community.  

“There have been calls to help with gender diversity on the trading desk and I am delighted to be able to launch this free-of-charge programme with the aspirations that it helps to make a difference, and well as inspire junior female traders and champion senior female trader role models.” 

Both senior male and female heads of trading can sign up to become mentors, while junior female traders are encouraged to sign up as mentees, online here.