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Vision is the art of seeing things invisible

Back in early 2016 I was offered a complimentary place on a Women In Leadership course in London. It was a three day residential course, and one of the days happened to be my birthday. To be honest, I didn’t really want to go. However, I knew I was...

Does asset management have a purpose?

Does asset management have a purpose or is it, in Lord Turner’s terms, “socially useless”? Sitting in front of flickering Bloomberg terminal lights, it can be hard to see any connection to the real world at all. Is the work of an asset manager simply...

From madness to inspiration

From madness to inspiration 1 : What my year out of industry taught me about the importance of cognitive diversity. There’s a saying that ‘you’re only ever as happy as your unhappiest child.’ I can tell you that as a mother of two little autistic...

Everyday Inclusion

Last week was National Inclusion Week – an opportunity to raise awareness of inclusion in the workplace. At Standard Life Aberdeen we’ve celebrated with lots of activities across the company – with much of this led by our fantastic employee networks...

Veteran-now-City mum, read Kelly Mullane's story

Before joining the universe of corporate policies and multiple computer screens, I was in the Army. I served for 7 years and my skills in Arabic language guided my military career. Then came the day that I decided to have a go in the ‘real world’. I...

A Returners' Story - Verity Ballantyne-Cook

When I started maternity leave I had no idea when I would want to return to work. I was a Client Relationship Manager for an asset manager in the City. The moment my son was born, I just knew. I didn’t want to think about my career. I just wanted to...

So, can we talk? #talkaboutblack

Imagine watering your parched lawn, hosepipe in hand on a scorching hot summer’s day, when suddenly the flowing water stops. Not even a trickle! As you glance back, you realise there’s a kink in the hosepipe. You un-kink the hose but, still, no water...

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