Industry leaders gather at LSE to mentor women in finance

Treasury-backed event aims to boost number of women in top finance roles.

Senior financiers are to gather at the London Stock Exchange to advise young women on how to advance their financial services careers.

The event is part of the UK Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter and will see 40 senior financial services leaders advise 40 women at the beginning of their finance careers. They will offer advice on how to advance in this male-dominated industry.

The session will use speed mentoring techniques with each participant having a series of short, focused conversations.

Firms present include Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Jupiter Asset Management, all of which have signed the Treasur’s charter, which commits firms to increasing gender diversity at senior levels of the business.

A Treasury-backed review found 77% of women feel mentoring schemes will make a diffence to their career progression.

Banks were found to be setting the most ambitious goals relative to their current gender diversity levels, as a group they aim to increase the number of women in senior roles by more than 40% over the next five years.

Xavier Rolet, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group, will open the event, and said: “A diverse global workforce is pivotal to the success of our business, and as a signatory to the Women in Finance Charter, we are firmly committed to nurturing female talent within all levels of our organisation.”