Why do you think it’s important to have women involved in the FinTech industry?
Having women involved in the fintech industry is important to foster the diversity of strategic ideas in the sector. Particularly in fintech, it’s encouraging to see women on both sides of the business – those demonstrating their financial expertise, and those innovating on the technology side. Additionally, visibility of women in leadership and senior positions helps to reduce ideas of a glass ceiling in the workplace.
What advice would you give a woman that is new to the financial services industry or would like to explore a future career in the industry?
Don’t let preconceived ideas of the industry discourage you from applying for roles or assume that being a woman will hold you back from opportunities. For those new to financial services, seek to build the professional network of women you have around you, at any and all levels – to have a range of support and guidance to navigate the industry.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is Embrace Equity. What key steps do you think we need to take to encourage the FinTech community to help forge an equitable and inclusive world?
Gender diversity initiatives need to be continually pushed and embraced throughout the industry, with the active participation of all genders in recognizing and challenging attitudes that prevent equity and inclusiveness. Promoting gender equity should not be predominantly pushed by women in the fintech community, it should be a collective effort.