“I have been lucky in that respect,
having managers within Nasdaq
that priorities competence over
traits that you are born with, who
have played an instrumental part of
my career that were ‘brave’ enough
to promote a mother of three
coming back from paternal leave.
I’m not so sure I would have been
given that opportunity ten years
ago,” Haglind adds.
There’s a sense that women in
the industry are banding together
to encourage others to join the
derivatives sector. The ‘Women
in Listed Derivatives” (WILD)
association aims to promote networking and relationship building
among women in the listed and
OTC derivatives markets through
mentoring programmes and educational events.
“A lot of women suspend
their careers at the VP level
when they start families
and managers need to be
equipped to help them
navigate those changes.”
MICHELLE NEAL, PRESIDENT, BNY
MELLON MARKE TS GROUP.
There is work to be done. Many
buy-side firms contacted about the
issue of female employees either
declined to comment or replied
explaining they had no women on
the buy-side at all.
One thing is certain, those women who are a part of the industry;
do not feel as though their gender
has particularly hindered their
progression in climbing the career