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German initiative for female asset managers expands to Switzerland

German initiative for female asset managers expands to Switzerland

The German network for women working in the financial industry has established a presence in Switzerland in response to growing interest.

Fondsfrauen has been organizing regional meetings in Germany starting from 2015 and will commence its first meeting in Zurich on 20th of September.   

‘Any woman who works in the fund industry is welcome to join us. We are trying to help women to advance their careers in different parts of the industry and on different levels of hierarchy,’ said the founder of the inititative Anne E. Connely.

The organization is catering to diverse needs of female advisors and female portfolio managers in Germany and is planning to adress the needs of similar audiences in Switzerland.

‘We want to see who is out there and interested in the initiative. Then we can tailor some of the meetings to a more specific audience within the Swiss industry.’

Although the infrastructure of the organization is geared towards the German speaking audience, Connely said the organization is ready to adjust to the language needs of the members.

On the agenda of the first Fondsfrauen meeting in Zurich is the welcoming address of the Michael Strobaek, Managing Director and global CIO at Credit Suisse.

The discussions will be led by three Swiss board members of the initiative: Charlotte Bänninger, managing director and head of FI Switzerland at UBS, Dr. Anja Hochberg, managing director and head of investment services & CIO Switzerland at Credit Suisse, and an author Dr. Fleur Platow.

Connely said one of the aims of the organization is to showcase successful stories and create the community for women to share their experiences and to network.

The organization also has a mentoring program on offer, which ran for the first time in Germany and is set for launch in Switzerland as well.

‘We not only talk about diversity and gender issues with individuals but also with companies, their top management, HR departments. We want to see which programs they have in place for women or for diversity and how we can help them to advance this important topic.’

The third pillar of the organization is empowerment of women and aiding them  women take care of their own finances.

‘We are primarily focused on the career network but we think women should pay attention to their finances and take matters into their own hands.’

Fondsfrauen was launched in Germany in 2015 and 850 women have registered on its website.

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