Women in finance: beyond the ‘glass ceiling’

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Four decades have passed since management consultant Marilyn Loden coined the phrase “glass ceiling” to describe the invisible barrier blocking the way for women to progress to senior positions.

In the financial services sector, the ceiling seemed to be made of toughened glass.

But does the metaphor still adequately encapsulate what’s happening today, or has the quest for gender balance shifted its focus?

London Business School alumnae Sarah Bates, founder of the Diversity Project, Chair of the Diversity Project Charity and former Chair of St James’s Place Wealth Management Group, and Clare Woodman, Head of Morgan Stanley’s EMEA (European, Middle East and Africa) division, have a wealth of insights to share.


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