Women and Diversity: Why the Conversation Must Continue in Financial Services

28 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2019

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Jill M Bisco

University of Akron - Department of Finance

Suzanne Gradisher

University of Akron - Department of Finance

Barry S. Mulholland

University of Akron - Department of Finance

Date Written: August 8, 2018

Abstract

The financial advising professions are concerned that not only will there be insufficient talent in the workforce to replace those professionals that will soon retire and to meet the expected growth in advisors over the next decade, but the profession is also lacking in diversity. This paper focuses on The University of Akron’s Women and Diversity Symposium, which is the result of the alignment of industry initiatives to increase the number of women and people of diverse backgrounds in the financial services industry. The secondary goal is to increase the number of undergraduate students choosing financial planning as a degree. Through an analysis of surveys completed by attendees at the symposium, this research has shown that the symposium improved the impression of the financial services industry among those that attended.

Keywords: Diversity, Inclusion, Women, Financial Planning, Financial Services

JEL Classification: A20, G29, G40

Suggested Citation

Bisco, Jill M and Gradisher, Suzanne and Mulholland, Barry S., Women and Diversity: Why the Conversation Must Continue in Financial Services (August 8, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3229284 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3229284

Jill M Bisco

University of Akron - Department of Finance ( email )

Akron, OH 44325-4803
United States

Suzanne Gradisher

University of Akron - Department of Finance ( email )

Akron, OH 44325-4803
United States

Barry S. Mulholland (Contact Author)

University of Akron - Department of Finance ( email )

259 S. Broadway St.
Akron, OH 44325-4803
United States
330-972-4524 (Phone)
330-972-5970 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uakron.edu/cba/departments/finance/financial-planning.dot

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