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Event: Building Momentum


Over 300 investment industry professionals attended this Diversity Project’s Industry Event, kindly hosted by Aviva at their offices on the 18th September 2017.

"The seminar was an exciting milestone, showing how the Diversity Project is really building momentum towards a more inclusive, more diverse investment and savings industry. It’s too early to celebrate success but heartening to see how the efforts of so many people right across the industry are joining together to create a new urgency around the goals."

Helena Morrissey - Head of Personal Investing LGIM and Chairwoman of the Diversity Project

If you are interested in getting involved in the Diversity Project, or would like further information on how to move the diversity dial in your organisation please contact us at [email protected].

Event videos

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Helena Morrissey

Joanna Munro

Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey

Jon Terry

Jennifer Ockwell

Colette Comerford

Dawid Konotey-Ahulu

Calls to Action

The Diversity Project Benchmarking Study

This landmark study by Mercer, sponsored by the Diversity Project, seeks to understand why and how the industry needs to evolve to build a more diverse profession.

If your firm is interested in finding out more or would like to participate in the next round of the survey, please email [email protected].

The Diversity Project Benchmarking Study

Sign your company up to the 10 Diversity action points

Sign your company up to the 10 point diversity action plan at [email protected].

Check out the video about the Diversity Project's Diversity 10 point action plan.


Diversity 10 point action plan


4.15 – 4.20: Welcome

Euan Munro, CEO Aviva Investors
4.20 – 4.30: The Diversity Project

Helena Morrissey, DBE, Head of Personal Investing, LGIM

View 'The Diversity Project Overview' presentation
4.30 – 4.40: The Importance of Diversity

Megan Butler, FCA
4.40 – 4.55: Industry Survey – Where we stand today

Sarah Bates to interview Georgina Harley, Mercer and Anne-Christine Farstad, Group Equity Portfolio Manager MFS

View 'Industry Survey – Where we stand today' presentation
4.55 – 5.10: Perception of the industry

Jon Terry, Partner PwC

View 'Understanding diversity and inclusion in the investment management industry' presentation

5.10 – 5.40: Addressing the current situation

Flexible working practices: Jennifer Ockwell, Trustee Director, Executive Shift

View 'Flexible working practices' presentation

PLSA Understanding-the-worth-of-the-workforce-a-stewardship-toolkit-for-pension-funds.pdf

LGBT: Andrew Lennox, Director, Blackrock

Widening recruitment:

Joanna Munro, Global Head of Fiduciary Management HSBC - Attraction Workstream update

View 'Attraction Workstream' presentation

Karis Stander, MD Investment2020

View 'Addressing the current situation' presentation

Returnship launch: Colette Comerford, Diversity & Inclusion Manager M&G

View Returners Update presentation
5.40 – 5.50: Revolution not evolution

Helena Morrissey, DBE, Head of Personal Investing LGIM and Peter Harrison, CEO Schroders
5.50 – 5.55: A commitment to diversity

Peter Harrison, CEO Schroders
5.55 – 6.05: Concluding remarks

Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Co-Founder Redington

View 'Concluding Remarks' presenation
6.05 - 8.00: Drinks and canapes


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