Curious to learn how C-level female executives overcame career challenges and found balance to rise to the top of their industry? Our latest report, Mind the Gap features interviews with Laura Hay, Global Head of Insurance and women executives from the Global Financial Services industry. Laura and her guests discuss their career progression, professional challenges and successes as well as a variety of other topics.
Laura Hay has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and is dedicated to helping develop and promote women in leadership in financial services. Through this report, Laura hopes to share the stories and experience of the many inspiring female leaders she has met during her career, in the hopes that others can gain valuable insight and motivation from them.
Be true to yourself:
I believe women should be their authentic selves, however, sometimes you must play a different version of yourself for a specific purpose. I think women can relax a little and play the part, as long as you are true to yourself at the end of the day.
Instead of listening to any self-doubts, you have to adopt a ‘you can do it’ attitude and be confident in yourself to take these risks.
Try to educate a colleague one-on-one:
If a person shows non-inclusive behaviour, I approach that individual afterwards. A lot of times, people don’t know they are doing it or they actually think they are being helpful. If so, I might enlist their help by saying, ‘This thing really makes me uncomfortable, so next time, could you please keep an eye out for it, and help me deal with it, by doing this or that?’
Disclaimer: Names, roles and associated organisations of participants referenced throughout the report were accurate at the time of interview, and are subject to change.