IA Event: ‘Bringing our whole selves to work’: a panel discussion on the LGBT+ experience in the asset management industry.

Tue, July 24, 2018

Background

Throughout Pride month, the Investment Association (IA) has been focused on how the 250 asset management firms which make up our membership can support their LGBT+ employees. We know that work is a significant part of people’s lives with the potential to have a major impact on people’s health and wellbeing. With this in mind, the IA recently invited a group of LGBT+ people and allies from across our membership to take part in a discussion about what it has been like to come out and be out while working in financial services. The discussion sought to share the experiences of people of different ages, levels of experience and across a diverse range of business roles.

Many of those who attended felt that they work in a supportive business which allowed them to be themselves but there was also a shared view that some employers could do more to practically support LGBT+ people at work, and to demonstrate their commitment to this. The IA has published the results of that discussion in a report called ‘Bringing Our Whole Selves to Work’. The report considers what colleagues, senior management, allies and LGBT+ people themselves could do to make asset management feel like a more inclusive industry, and proposes twelve practical steps for organisations to make asset management a more inclusive industry. This event is an opportunity for IA members to discuss the report and consider what more the industry can do.

Time: Tuesday 24th July 2018, 5pm-8pm. Please arrive at 5pm for registration. The panel discussion will begin will start at 5.30pm.

Location: Fidelity International, 25 Canon street, London EC4M 5TA.

Running Order 

  • 5.00pm Registration
  • 5.30pm Opening remarks, Simon Haslam, President, Fidelity International 
  • 5.35pm Panel discussion - the LGBT+ experience in the asset management industry. 
  • 6.35pm Networking drinks 

Speakers

  1. Matt Cameron, Managing Director, LGBT Great
  2. Colette Comerford, Head of Inclusion & Culture, Legal & General Investment Management
  3. Simon Haslam, Interim President & Group CFO, Fidelity International
  4. Alex Ross-Parkinson, UK Business Development, Schroders