Much has been written about the benefits of a diverse and inclusive working environment, in terms of improving productivity, increasing staff retention and harnessing the advantages that come with cognitive diversity.
However, the Investment Management Industry still suffers from a perception as one of the more old fashioned and less inclusive parts of the City - despite recent advances such as an increasing involvement in Pride.
As with any minority group, it’s important to listen to the real-world experiences of LGBT+ professionals to gain a better understanding of the issues they face, and the establishment of InterInvest, a LGBT+ network for Investment Management, has been a significant step is bringing this community together.
The risk of any such network is that it becomes an echo chamber where good ideas are generated but fail to penetrate outside of.
Earlier in October InterInvest took a step towards moving the conversation into the wider industry, by holding the first of their “Employee Lifecycle Forum” events, aimed at bringing recruiters, HR managers and others into the room.
By not only discussing the state of LGBT+ diversity in the industry (thanks to a presentation by Matt Cameron from LGBT Great), but by using the time to bring mixed groups together to brainstorm ideas, the event felt like it had a real possibility of kick starting changes in the industry.
Here’s to bringing more people in on the discussion.