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Worldwide Women in Banking and Finance

The Missing Women of Asset Management

The Missing Women of Asset Management

Asset management has a problem: women. Or, more accurately, the lack of them. Ninety percent of senior money managers are men. Why? While having a US, mature market focus W3BF believes there are universal if complex messages in the author's case.

Does Gender Matter in Banking?

Does Gender Matter in Banking?

With the exit of US bank chief executives like Ellen Costello, Ellen Alemany and, soon, Irene Dorner, the ranks of women at the top of major US banks are thinning out. Beth Mooney helps keep hope alive, but the expectation generally had been that she'd be getting more company.

Women, Humour and Values: Adverts

Insurance evidently can be funny or so thinks a South African firm targeting women for its specialist products. Humour, showing the differences between the genders and focusing on values deliver insurance sales in this market. Would it in yours?

Nemat Shafik: High-flyer parachuted in by the Bank of England

Nemat Shafik: High-flyer parachuted in by the Bank of England

An ability to stay calm in a crisis will prove useful in Threadneedle Street, writes Sam Fleming

Sheikha Hussa stresses women's role in int'l economy

Chairwoman of Arab Businesswoman Council Sheikha Hussa Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah stressed the need for innovative, swift, and sustainable solutions to the sharp international financial crisis and underlined the role and contributions of women and the need to broaden their involvement.

91% Women Leaders in SE's

91% Women Leaders in SE's

W3BF sees the increase women expanding internationally and innovating beyond that of SMEs is worth investigating. How can this be applied this to the financial services sector?

It’s not just chicken feed

 

Risk Reward offers guidance on partnership opportunities for Arab women in Business
 
London hosts Arab women in business conference

London hosts Arab women in business conference

Conference brought together NGO workers, business leaders and politicians from across the region

Three Excuses for Keeping Women Off Boards

Three Excuses for Keeping Women Off Boards

The number of female executive directors on FTSE 350 boards has slipped in the past year. W3BF asks which of these excuses is the closest in your experience? Are there others?   

No Whining! Act Like a Leader

No Whining! Act Like a Leader

W3BF liked this piece which appeared on CNN for its clear, memorable punch. 

 

Book Review: Women & Corporate Governance

Book Review: Women & Corporate Governance

Women and the New Business Leadership by Peninah   Thomson

The issues surrounding women and corporate governance addressed in this new book prompted some telling responses from male Board members and chairmen. Women bring more than just  listening skills to a Board's group dynamic.
 

Is the Financial Crisis is a Wake-up Call on Diversity?

Is the Financial Crisis is a Wake-up Call on Diversity?

With the recent financial crisis helping to push board accountability into the spotlight, Lucy P. Marcus, professor of leadership and governance at IE Business School in Madrid, is urging companies to be more open to non-traditional candidates for their boards. 

Equality & Risk Women and Insurance

Equality & Risk Women and Insurance

As insurance products for women increase in emerging markets will pricing policy and equality issues follow suit as in Europe?

FT's Top 50 Women Bankers

FT's Top 50 Women Bankers

16%  (9 women) of the Financial Times (UK) Women at the Top survey head up companies in banking and financial services, W3BF congratulates them and invites more women to pull others up the financial services ladder with dedicated education and training .  

 

Workplace Incentives for Women: What Overshadows Pay?

Workplace Incentives for Women: What Overshadows Pay?

According to a US Institute report released this week, at the best places to work, trust, pride and camaraderie appear to overshadow pay for both men and women. W3BF asks is this your experience? Is it really the office parties? On-site child care?  

The Prudential Women and Money Study: 10 Years On

The Prudential Women and Money Study: 10 Years On

The global recession means financial firms are seeking new and increased customer bases, and women feature strongly. W3BF promotes the development of financial products and services focused to women and this US Prudential 10 year study affords vital information for those seeking to understand women as financial consumers as well

Quotas or Organic Change: Women on Bank Boards

Quotas or Organic Change: Women on Bank Boards

The European Union has issued its report on increasing women as directors and decided not to propose quotas to avoid 'tokenism'.  Another missed opportunity for affirmation action perhaps?

Banking on Women: Finance and Beyond

Banking on Women: Finance and Beyond

Bringing the public and private sectors together to progress policy to implementation in the areas of women in banking and finance is a core value of W3BF. Hear ‘what works’ for women
in emerging markets and download the speakers’ presentations for new research results.

Ladies First: Why Women Are the Key to Relationship Banking

Ladies First: Why Women Are the Key to Relationship Banking

Making a profit in retail banking business is tough these days especially in the OECD countries.
Banks know that few new women customers are opening bank accounts on an annual basis so the existing customer base demands optimisation. In this advert Mastercard’s approach seems to focus on ‘deepening

W3BF Donor Club: Give Financial Training for the Holidays

W3BF Donor Club: Give Financial Training for the Holidays

Thinking about holiday corporate giving this year? Budgets are 'credit crunched' so make it really count. Invest into your women managers and employees where it pays right back to your firm immediately. W3BF can help your firm meet its women affirmation goals and add value to your bottom line.READ MORE >

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence at NYSE

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence at NYSE

The bells are ringing in the success for this multi-sectoral women's business Group based in the USA. We just thought it would lift your spirits and perhaps inspire others to join together to meet goals and perhapsachieve their dreams. Enjoy!

Asia: International Banks Hiring More Women in Senior Roles

Asia: International Banks Hiring More Women in Senior Roles

Redressing the gender imbalance at senior levels is stated as a reason that women in banking in Asia are starting to see a rise to senior positions. W3BF asks is this just amongst the international banks in Asia though? Is having children really the main barrier to women in banking to

Bring Your Daughters To Work Day

Bring Your Daughters To Work Day

When Gloria Steinham started Ms Magazine in the US in the 1970s she formulated the idea of introducing girls to the world of their fathers' work for one dedicated day a year as part of the Women's Liberation Movement.  W3BF has prepared a programme for banks and financial institutions

Women on Wall Street: Small group at the top gets smaller

Women on Wall Street: Small group at the top gets smaller

There is little doubt that the Western banking system is 'submerging' while the 'emerging' markets growth is slowing down. This Los Angeles Times piece reminds us that Western banks' 'business pains' include loosing top women - but how many of them will end up as leaders of banks in non-OECD markets?

Erotic Capital

Erotic Capital

BOOK REVIEW

While the financial services community shed thousands of jobs weekly in the West competition for the remaining jobs and scarce new ones is getting fierce. Are women using all their resources and resorting to go  'back to anthropological basics' with this notion of Erotic Capital?

'Sexio-Economic Effects'

'Sexio-Economic Effects'

UK Financial Centre ‘needs women’ to fight macho culture 

Stereotypes of male/female behaviour seem to be of interest to UK politicians, but is their complaint more of a generational issue?

Lessons from Growth: Women in Banking In India 1950s-1990s

Lessons from Growth: Women in Banking In India 1950s-1990s

'Some women employees feel that these constraints are intensified by being forced to adopt the behaviour of the 'successful manager or officer' which has been established by men. They argue that women could find their own strategies which would achieve the same result.'   ''

 

Credit Risk Assessment - the Basics

Credit Risk Assessment - the Basics

Credit Risk is back in the news headlines again folowing the Bank of America debacle. We liked this back-to-basics article by Kate Strachyni to refresh core concepts relevant for banking and the insurance sector.

Women & Performance: The Business Case

Women & Performance: The Business Case

The talk about 'men = performance' and 'women = values' as drivers to marketing services in banking and financial sectors made us remember a favourite article on the business case for women and its premise that women = increased business performance.

Working Toward Diversity in Accountancy

Working Toward Diversity in Accountancy

PWC  (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) ANNOUNCED RECENTLY that it wants to set targets to radically increase the number of women and ethnic minorities at partner level within its organisation over the next decade.

35 Women Under 35

35 Women Under 35

Fewer Bankers are among this year's Management Today Magazine annual edition featuring women under 35 years of age and considered innovators and entrepreneurs. Are younger women  avoiding 'traditional corporate professions'?

Women as Stock Brokers

Women as Stock Brokers

'I have been fairly successful and any woman can be equally so who possesses good judgement and a firm will' -

Needed: A True World Bank Development Report on Gender Equality

Needed: A True World Bank Development Report on Gender Equality

We read this article thinking about how women in banking and finance in countries which both donate or receive donor funds view the issue of gender streamlining of projects (or not).

Speech by SEC Chairman: Remarks Before the Women in Finance Symposium

Speech by SEC Chairman: Remarks Before the Women in Finance Symposium

Mary L. Schapiro, US SEC Chair,
addresses women at the Women in Finance Symposium
on the topic of investor protection at the SEC

Washington, D.C.
July 12, 2011

Arunmah Oteh NSEC Award Winner

Arunmah Oteh NSEC Award Winner

Congratulations
Ms Arunma Oteh, Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Nigeria
Winner: Distinction in Public Service Award at the 2011 African Business Awards
22 June 2011 London 

Demand from Women as Customers & No Incentives for Bank Lending?

Demand from Women as Customers & No Incentives for Bank Lending?

While at first this article seems to take a 'poverty-blog' tone we looked deeper and noticed similar issues to those in developed markets. How can there be no incentives for bank lending if profits are to be made with women bank customers?

 

India's Lack of Women Bankers a Concern

India's Lack of Women Bankers a Concern

India’s Lack of Female Bankers a ‘Concern,’ De Sequeira Says
22 June 2011  

Women in Risk: Overcoming Gender Bias

Women in Risk: Overcoming Gender Bias

This article reviews how things have changed and how the remaining challenges can be overcome, following firsthand stories from women who are succeeding within the field of risk management.
 

Lagarde wins race for top IMF post

Lagarde wins race for top IMF post

Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister, was appointed as the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday and will face tough decisions on the troubled Greek financial bail-out within days.

Women, Business & the Law

Women, Business & the Law

For women bankers in SME lending and credit roles we thought this World Bank report might be of particular interest.  It focuses on an objective fashion legal differentiations on the basis of gender in 128 economies around the world, including building credit.

Wells Fargo Women Making Financial History

Wells Fargo Women Making Financial History

We liked this catchy presentation featuring the women bankers in this US bank’s history.
‘I did nothing but work. I made work my hobby. I was lucky that way.’ Mary Roebling

McKinsey’s Fourth Annual Women Matter Report

McKinsey’s Fourth Annual Women Matter Report

While the focus is on women in corporations the issues raised and recommendations make for a must read in the context of changing labour laws and women in Brazil, China and India as well as other fast growth economies.

Case Study: Kenya Women Finance Trust

Case Study: Kenya Women Finance Trust

This deposit taking microfinance firm is only the second granted a license by the Kenyan Central bank, providing credit and loans only to women. We thought their story had some valuable insights for women bankers globally in SME lending roles.

Women bankers have broken glass ceiling in India

Women bankers have broken glass ceiling in India

A recent study of 240 top Indian companies says more than a half
of India's women chief executives are accounted for by the banking
and financial services industry.

‘Women’s only’ bank in Jammu and Kashmir

‘Women’s only’ bank in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, May 19: Enterprising women in Jammu and Kashmir have ventured to open a women's only bank to provide basic banking facilities and timely loans.

EIBFS - Garduates 45 from the women banking leaders

EIBFS - Garduates 45 from the women banking leaders

'i will be looking forward to see one day a UAE national female as a CEO in one of the banks, and seeing her working in specialized positions such as credit management, Investment, and internal auditing, such positions, that he is certain will be competently performed by her.'

Janet Bodnar, Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Janet Bodnar, Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Janet Bodnar is editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. During her career at Kiplinger, Bodnar has written about a wide range of topics on investing, money management and the economy.

Women: How to be Heard in the Corporate World

Women: How to be Heard in the Corporate World

Women working in large corporate enterprises, and particularly in the financial sector, may want to shake off the notion of the glass ceiling and find a way of communicating that is better suited to self-promotion and getting their voices heard.

W3BF.com congratulates Arab Business.com’s Top 100 Arab Women in Business

W3BF.com congratulates Arab Business.com’s Top 100 Arab Women in Business

W3BF.com is honoured to introduce to you, 14 of the Banking and Finance Awards Top 100 Arab Women in Business 2011. Meet these inspirational women here:

Celebrating the 100th International Women's Day

Celebrating the 100th International Women's Day

W3BF WORLDWIDE WOMEN in BANKING AND FINANCE is proud to launch its new website on International Women's Day 2011.

2010 Corporate Women Directors International Report: Women Directors in Largest Banks in Fortune Global 200

2010 Corporate Women Directors International Report: Women Directors in Largest Banks in Fortune Global 200

Chinese and European banks lead the way in the 2010 Corporate Women Directors International Report. Here are their key findings:

W3BF - Donors Invitation

W3BF - Donors Invitation

Government initiatives in many countries worldwide seek to promote the role of women in major corporations, banks and other financial institutions.

THE CHINA COLUMN: Chinese women seek stability in the banking sector

THE CHINA COLUMN: Chinese women seek stability in the banking sector

An interesting fact for you: women make up the majority of bank employees in China.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported five years ago that women in China account for 65 per cent of all staff across the sector, and 49 per cent of mid-level managers

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