The CFA UK Gender Diversity Network is building a better investment profession by finding tangible, practical ways to progress diversity in the workplace.
Women remain significantly under-represented in investment management, holding just under 20% of roles in comparison to other long-hours, professional sectors such as law (48%) and accountancy (35%) investment professionals.
The CFA UK Gender Diversity Network is a forum designed to help improve the investment profession by promoting gender and diversity balance.
We support members and firms with practical steps to improve diversity in the workplace. Our focus is on the asset management industry. We also benefit from being part of CFA UK, an organisation with the highest ethical standards and recognition in asset management globally.
The Gender Diversity Network’s mission is to help build a more diverse investment profession and support sustainable performance for firms and individuals.
We believe that in order for investment firms to effectively implement and leverage the benefits of gender and diversity, they must apply well-designed strategies implemented both from the top down (senior leadership) and the bottom up (managers and employees). From the top down, the case for gender diversity rests on evidence of better performance and closer alignment between firms and their clients. It is also a close reflection of global demographic and economic trends. From a bottom up perspective, pipeline issues can be partly addressed by greater knowledge and better connections.
CFA UK’s history of championing professionalism, excellence and ethics allows us to provide a thoughtful, pragmatic and effective network that assists members at all levels of seniority to develop their careers, and also aids firms in managing talent and resolving pipeline issues.
Events and learning
Members gave access to events featuring industry leaders focusing on diversity in investment, career advancement, leadership, coaching skills and what it takes to be successful in the profession.
Networking and leadership
You can leverage the CFA UK network of members and supporting firms with opportunities available for sponsors, speakers and venue hosts. Demonstrate your leadership skills and raise your profile by becoming a committee member or a CFA UK Ambassador within your firm.
Our Gender Diversity Partner Programme collaborates with firms to highlight gender diversity issues and help implement successful sustainable strategies.