Embark Group (Embark) and Women in Asset Servicing (WiAS) have announced a new partnership designed to increase support for women at all stages of their careers in financial services. The announcement comes ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day, which this year has the theme ‘choose to challenge’ – asking us all to commit to “challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.
The partnership will result in Embark providing practical support, resources and expertise to WiAS to further increase the reach and impact of the group and will run for an initial period of two years.
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.
Embark, as a leading digital retirement and savings platform in the UK, is committed to supporting women in the finance industry and through this collaboration will provide significant expertise and practical support to WiAS including marketing, content production and web development. Embark will also help in attracting speakers for events and promotion for WiAS through its social channels and newsletters.
WiAS have agreed, in turn, to support Embark’s graduate programme in which members will play a mentoring role. This will help to ensure that Embark’s graduates are exposed to a diverse range of mentors, ideas, and best practice from as wide a pool of people as possible.
Future ambitions for the partnership include mentorship schemes, volunteering programmes, raising the visibility of asset servicing as a career path at STEM events, and building close working partnerships with other STEM supporting groups.