Women in ETFs grows membership in Europe, globally

Women in ETFs (WE), the membership organisation focused on encouraging the advancement of women in the ETF industry ecosystem, has announced an increase of 12 additional sponsors since the start of 2017, along with a 38% or 900 member uplift over the same period, taking total global membership to some 3,300.

Besides its focus on diversity, WE has also been rolling out specific programmes intended to foster the ability for women to advance in the industry, for example, through mentorship and issuing webcasts through its WE Talks series.

WE is also pressing for more presence of women in relevant conferences and as voices in media covering ETF issues.

The membership constitutes chiefly those at an early to mid-career level, according to figures from WE: some 30% are listed as associate/analyst, and 37% director/VP. The mentorship and other programmes are intended to facilitate future steps up the respective career ladders to more senior positions in financial services firms.

Industry sponsorship has come from many of the largest financial institutions and players in the ETF industry, including:

Citadel SecuritiesBMO Exchange Traded FundsFirst Trust
CitiCantor ETF GroupHull Tactical
JP Morgan Asset ManagementCharles Schwab Investment Management
Oppenheimer FundsDeutsche Asset Management
PowerSharesFidelity Investments
State Street Global Advisors SPDRFlexShares
VanguardFranklin Templeton Investments
Guggenheim Investments
Jane Street
John Hancock Investments
SIG Susquehanna

Founded in 2014, WE is a non-profit organsiation.

External liaison contacts Jyoti Bhagavan and Deborah Fuhr can be contacted at WEExternalLiaison@womeninetfs.com


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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