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Wells Fargo D&I webinar

5.11.2020

Caroline Criado Perez

 

On 5th November the Wells Fargo EMEA Women’s Network and EMEA Diversity & Inclusion Council hosted a virtual event with award-winning writer, campaigner and consultant, Caroline Criado Perez to celebrate the achievements of their female talent. The theme of the event was #EachforEqual, and it was a very thought provoking discussion on how we can actively challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, and celebrate women's achievements.

 

Fiona Gallagher, CEO of Wells Fargo International Bank

 

CEO of Wells Fargo International Bank, Fiona Gallagher opened the event welcoming an audience of 203 people, including Wells Fargo Clients and employees and guest speaker Caroline Criado Perez. Caroline’s compelling presentation highlighted the gender data gap and male orientated bias that is impacting women’s everyday lives, from how undercounting female labour can impact Governments decision making, to how women are more likely to be single parents and struggling with balancing child care with work during the pandemic, to how male data bias in healthcare can negatively impact the care and advice given to women. One of Caroline’s key takeaways was the importance of collecting sex-disaggregated data.

Senior Portfolio Manager & Head of Investment Grade for Wells Fargo Asset Management Europe, Henrietta Pacquement hosted a Q&A session in which the main themes Caroline highlighted was the need for diversity within the workplace to ensure employers consistently account for all viewpoints and perspectives. Caroline emphasised it’s not just about hiring all females or all males – if you’re missing diversity in your team, you’re missing out on important perspectives that can help your business be successful. When asked to comment on industry best practices she highlighted the impact on equal parental leave rights/pay for man and women, which helps reduce gender biases and reduce the gender pay gap.

EMEA Regional President and head of Corporate & Investment Banking for EMEA, John Langley closed the session, thanking Caroline and reaffirming Wells Fargo’s commitment to diversity & inclusion and addressing issues and removing barriers that are impacting women in the workplace.