International Women's Day: Measuring the profession's progress

'The number of female advisers remains stubbornly low'

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International Women's Day rolls around again on 8 March. In a fast-paced and busy world, I see this annual event as an important opportunity to take stock of the progress we've made as an industry and the work that's left to do.

One thing I'm really pleased about this year is the growing recognition that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) is not a box-ticking exercise but a real driver of value in your business. Diverse talent means diverse perspectives - and if you make sure that everyone in the room is heard (that's the inclusion part!), it's the best way to ensure you're meeting the needs of the broadest possible range of customers. Within the advice industry, it's also increasingly widely understood that clients might prefer to speak to advisers who share their backgrounds and experiences. The financi...

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