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Shared Parental Leave

Introduction When I had originally joined my company I was not married and had not paid much thought to the parental leave benefits it had to offer. In 2017, I had been at the company over five years and, together with my partner, we found ourselves...

Herman Brodie's letter of motivation

All would-be Ambassadors must submit a letter of motivation to our Ambassador board. With his encouragement, we have decided to publish Herman’s. I’ve seen it many times. Although I constantly smile, the black attendees of my in-house behavioural...

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...

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