As a starting point in the move towards equality, the acknowledgement that a gender imbalance exists is important. In this regard, the attitude from the top down will significantly impact an organisation's ability as a whole to promote gender equality and fundamentally change the platform for women as leaders in the workplace. The development of a women's network is a step in the right direction. However, while some of the networking events can be very female orientated by their very nature or restricted to women only, it is important to include male employees in some of these organised events to avoid the unintentional creation of a barrier and negative unconscious biases with it.
Being awarded the Women's Scholarship on the Diploma in Financial Strategy has encouraged me to become more involved in gender balance initiatives and has given me the focus and inspiration to drive change within my organisation. I believe the extensive networking throughout the course has given me valuable insights into a range of topics including gender balance with many different perspectives. As a result, I have become more vocal and more considerate of the positions and concerns of all stakeholders in the wider gender balance debate.