Retirement Planner and Professional Adviser are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2021 Women in Financial Advice Awards are now open.
There are a some new categories in the awards this year. Woman of the Year – Vulnerable Client Care and Woman of the Year – ESG Advice have been added and are only available to nominations for financial advisers and planners, as well as a non-adviser award, Woman of the Year – ESG. You can see the full list of categories and criteria here.
Last year’s ceremony was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic but this year’s date is set for 7 October and is set to go ahead as a gala dinner in London.
These awards are not about men versus women or whether a particular gender is more suited to a career or role in financial services – they are simply about celebrating and recognising the achievements of women in a sector where they continue to be under-represented.
Whether it be the gender pay gap, the lack of senior women in the sector or the willingness of women even to seek financial advice, the sheer volume of news stories appearing in Professional Adviser in recent years stands as stark testament to this latter point. More positively, such coverage may be seen as a growing acknowledgement this issue can no longer be ignored and the extraordinary response to these awards in the past couple of years suggests the advice profession sector may be on the verge of taking a very significant step forward.
In highlighting the achievements of women already in financial advice or the wider financial services world, as well as recognising individuals of either gender who help to maximise the potential of women or are striving to bring about a more appropriate gender balance, the Women In Financial Advice Awards is now looking to play its part by helping to inspire more women to work in an already dynamic sector that, nevertheless, stands a long way short of fulfilling its true potential.
By nominating someone you will not only help to acknowledge the current achievements of women, you will be helping to inspire and encourage the next generation of women in the financial advice sector.