DiverCity Podcast Ep 1, from left to right: Heather Melville, Justine Lutterodt, Julia Streets

DiverCity Podcast Ep 1, from left to right: Heather Melville, Justine Lutterodt, Julia Streets

A new podcast is coming to the financial services sector – DiverCity Podcast – the first to showcase the industry’s progress and shortcomings in diversity and inclusion.

The bi-weekly podcast is produced and hosted by city entrepreneur, writer and stand-up comedian Julia Streets.

It will feature “leading luminaries observing, driving and influencing change”, says Streets, “throwing a spotlight on issues such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, skills, leadership, culture and more”.

Two guests are invited to participate in each podcast episode examining why embracing diversity and inclusion matters, offering corporate, commercial and personal perspectives.

The series explores the areas where the industry has witnessed some effective transformation, calls out others where further focus is required and offers practical insights and advice, all designed to encourage and inspire others to drive greater change.

The first episodes of DiverCity Podcast will feature:

  • Heather Melville OBE, director for strategic partnerships and head of business inclusion initiatives for RBS;
  • Justine Lutterodt, director, Centre for Synchronous Leadership;
  • Vanessa Vallely, founder and MD of We Are The City;
  • Kate Grussing, MD, Sapphire Partners;
  • Samantha Nelson, VP of risk engineering, Marsh;
  • Ghela Boskovich, founder of FemTech Global.

“During my 25 year city career I have witnessed great change, but there is still a long way to go,” says Streets.

“I wanted to get past the marketing and rhetoric to the heart of the debate and create a series both thoughtful and insightful in its content and easy to listen to on trains, planes and treadmills.”

Listeners are welcome to nominate guests and topics for future episodes.

“Diversity and inclusion is about gender, ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, age, even diversity of thought, and we are keen to hear from contributors from right across the industry. It is no coincidence that the early contributors are all amazing women in the City; and our schedule includes voices of male champions, of which we are keen to hear more,” she states.

Visit the DiverCity Podcast website at www.divercitypodcast.com.
You can also find it on iTunes and Soundcloud.

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