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Female graduates should aspire to boardroom

Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management Ltd, mother of nine and tireless advocate of women at work, was the keynote speaker at Women in Investment Management, from TARGETjobs Events, which brought over a hundred ambitious female undergraduates to London to listen to presentations, take part in exercises and network with successful women to promote career opportunities in what is a traditionally male-dominated business. It took place last week in partnership with six leading international investment management firms: Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, Fidelity, Henderson Global Investors, M&G Investments and Schroders – all of whom actively want to see more female applicants.

And Helena’s message, reinforced by the six firms involved, certainly struck home. She believes that one of the differences between men and women is that women sometimes question and over-analyse decisions, so her best advice when an opportunity comes up is to leap first and look later.

Women in Investment Management, from TARGETjobs Events, is a bold initiative to show ambitious female undergraduates that top firms need more women in their businesses – and not only women studying financial or business degrees.  It is the only event of its kind, focused exclusively on female students who want to learn more about what investment management is and specifically what special contribution women do make, and can make, to its success. Investment management is not a traditional career choice for women and attracts many more applications from men. Women in Investment Management challenges the stereotypical & lsquo;men in suits’ image of the industry by providing high-performing female role models to network with the students and share their experiences.

Lauren Salter, Early Careers Resourcer at M&G Investments said, “The opportunity for Asset Management recruiters to engage with intelligent women who have a strong interest in a career in the industry is greatly beneficial for both parties. The diversity of all students was fantastic - from first to final years, from economics to classics”.

Hayley Cooper from Fidelity said, “The quality of the students was extremely high.”

Georgia Curtis, a student from the University of Bristol, called it, “A great opportunity to meet company representatives, ask questions and learn thing you cannot learn on the internet or on paper.”

And Cristina Fedorca, an LSE student, enthused, “An excellent event, couldn’t recommend it highly enough in terms of both professional and personal development.”


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