The Women in Investment Management: Access to Success in a Changing Industry conference will be a virtual event held 14–15 October 2020. This event, the latest in the series of CFA Institute Women in Investment Management events, offers a range of topics relevant to investment professionals, their clients, their employers, and the broader finance industry. Delegates will have opportunities to discuss gender diversity, foster professional development, and meet peers from other regions.
As part of the Future of Finance initiative, CFA Institute recently held an online forum to discuss the high cost of the gender imbalance in finance. Two of the questions that were discussed were: (1) Would it be good for the end investor if women represented more of the industry? and (2) Greater diversity of thought processes can often lead to better end results. But is the finance industry attracting and, perhaps more importantly, retaining women?
Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of the New America Foundation and author of the seminal article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," believes we won't make progress toward real gender equality until we learn to value and respect caregiving as much as we do breadwinning, and until women give up their preconceptions of masculinity and a man's role in the home.
Women make up more than half of the professional and technical workforce in the United States, and yet the gender gap in business and investment management persists. What's important is to raise awareness around the issue of gender bias and work and to encourage organizations to foster professional development among women. The way forward and towards change is having the conversation in the first place.
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