Smith & Williamson hosted its first external Women’s Network event on Tuesday 29 October in ICAEW’s Great Hall at One Moorgate Place. The event was attended by over 120 people, and included a panel discussion chaired by Grainne McCarthy, Deputy Chief News Editor of The Wall Street Journal.
The panel included Nick Janvier, Investment Manager, Columbia Threadneedle Investments; Aduke Onafowokan, Founder of The Sister Sister Network; Trishna Bharadia, Award-winning Disability Activist and Business Intelligence Analyst; and Jennifer Irvine, Founder of The Pure Package and Balance Box.
The speakers shared their career journeys and the various barriers they have overcome in working life. Some key themes of the discussion included dealing with invisible disabilities, unconscious and conscious bias, support networks and planning for the future.
Smith & Williamson’s Women’s Network was launched in March 2019 to support and champion women from across the business. Additionally, 47% of this year’s senior promotions were women, in line with Smith & Williamson’s commitment to the Women in Finance Charter.
Notes to editors
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