It's nice to see an award putting the spotlight on women trailblazers in the Fintech world. After all, can any sector truly call itself innovative if its workforce is just is more of the same ?
However, empowering women is just the start of what the Fintech sector should be doing in terms of diversity and, I might argue, a fairly low-bar at that. To be truly diverse, employers should consider how diverse their workforce is in terms of race, socio-economic background, neurodiversity, disability, sexuality and much more. If the answer is, not very, then how do they expect to create true innovation while still harbouring the same narrow notions of a 'norm'?
As Rachel Kent of Hogan Lovells puts it below, it's "essential to have diversity of thought" to be successful. Here's to hopefully more change in the right direction.
As all company roles and levels are recognized in the Powerlist, this initiative champions diversity in the fintech ecosystem and Rachel Kent, Partner and Global Head of Hogan Lovells Financial Institutions Sector explained that ‘diversity is at the core of who we are and how we do business.’ ‘The fintech sector is built on innovation and understanding its diverse consumer base. For it to be successful it’s essential to have diversity of thought and to represent the customers it’s serving,’ Kent said.