WiAS was created by Kate Webber, who has worked in the asset servicing sector for over 25 years. This was a direct result of her experience in the industry and the lack of women in more senior positions. Supported by her colleagues from Calastone and its CEO, Kate started talking with other women in the industry to identify what could be done to help increase the number of women in the asset servicing sector. Her first event was in October 2018, sponsored by Calastone.
During this meeting 4 key themes were established to form the basis of future events:
- Recruiting and retaining women
- Nurturing talent
- Increasing female visibility in the industry
- Attracting the next generation
WiAS was established to grow female representation across all levels of the financial services industry, including senior positions, an area of historic under-representation. It seeks to attract women to the sector, retain them within it, nurture their talent, increase their visibility within the industry and provide them with guidance and support to help achieve their career goals. In particular, we need to work with women and men to encourage them to be brave, to recognise and properly self-assess their talent and importantly to network. These softer skills are so vital throughout our careers, including early on and after often undervalued.