2. Create Gender Balance
Women are underrepresented in financial services, especially in leadership roles. In traditional firms women are mostly in administrative roles. Some might ask why this matters as women have never been a dominant force in financial services? Women in financial services gives a business the resource to help all clients. It scraps the financial advice “boys club” perception and there is a huge shortage of talent in financial services so why wouldn’t you want to tap in to another 50% of our population’s talent? Co-Directors Cherie-Anne and Lewis set up Unividual’s in-house academy, Unicademy, as a way to grow the business and attract a pool of young female and male talent to the industry. As part of this commitment they had to rethink job titles to attract women, revisit job descriptions that could deter girls from applying and ensure the interview process allowed both men and women to shine. Every year Unividual has grown its female representation, who all have equal pay, access to training and progression opportunities. Now Unividual has a 47% female representation, 60% of Unividual’s management team are women, including Cherie-Anne who is one of three on the board of directors and we are excited to see which of our Unicademy women could become Unividual’s first female financial planner.