Female Finance: International Women's Day
International Women's Day (IWD) “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”, a sentiment we are delighted to endorse.
It is no secret that the financial services industry has traditionally been viewed as something of an “old boys’ club” – but this is changing as we see more women climb the career ladder in prominent financial companies across the world.
We spoke to some of the tenacious women in our organization, all of whom are happy to be blazing a trail for women in finance, about their thoughts on working in such a male-oriented industry, and what advice they had for other women starting out.
“I wish more women would become financial advisers; it’s an excellent career but it’s not an easy life. The profession is dominated by men, but I urge women who begin a career in finance not to emulate the way men work. Women tend to have a unique skill set that is ideally suited to this role, and the ability to really listen and understand a client’s needs. To make life easier I would find a mentor: a woman, if you can.”
Christina Brady – Associate Director
"I’m proud to be a woman in finance. For almost 20 years now, I’ve been offering my support and advice to a wide range of clients, most notably expats living in Spain.
My advice to women starting in the financial services is: know your worth. Don’t try and conform to how others do things – be the best version of yourself and play to your strengths. Now more than ever you’re going to be dealing with female clients and you will be able to use your innate empathy to build a relationship of trust.
Also, be resilient. You may spend a lot of time answering questions on subjects outside of your area of expertise. It can be a hectic job with long hours so don’t forget to make time for yourself, whether that’s doing yoga, reading or enjoying a nice big glass of Rioja!
Lucia Melgarejo – International Financial Adviser
“Women need to support women. Share knowledge, share experiences and share insights – it’s this foundation that yields the most success, the best reputations and the highest levels of integrity.
I would sum up my approach to a career in finance as follows:
- Never sell yourself short
- Step up and take responsibility
- Know your objectives
- Pick a female mentor
- Run your own race
Working in financial services can present endless opportunities for those who cultivate positive, enduring relationships, always keep learning and put their clients at the heart of every effort.”
Manuela Robinson – Joint Country Manager
“Always be yourself, because that’s your biggest strength. Don't think of yourself as a woman in a man's world because you're not – you’re an equally qualified individual and never forget it. Sometimes a woman is at an advantage in that we have a different set of skills, whether you’re a partner, mother, family organizer, party planner, listener or a friend!”
Rosemary Sheppard – International Financial Adviser