While the financial services industry is more diverse than ever before, there’s still a lot of progress to be made. Like many industries, we are operating with a gender gap. It’s not sustainable – or smart. So we’re doing something about it.
In 2018, a group of women from UBS and Bloomberg began a collaboration that quickly gained momentum, with an aim to bring together girls aged 14–18 from diverse backgrounds to learn about the range of careers possible in business, finance and technology.
The initiative builds on the success of the inaugural Girls Take events, which began in March 2019 as Girls Take Wall Street in New York City, where UBS, Bloomberg and State Street Global Advisors convened more than 100 high school girls for a day of educational career mentorship. In October 2019, UBS and Bloomberg brought the concept to India, hosting Girls Take Dalal Street in Mumbai and Girls Take GIFT City in Ahmedabad. Nearly 150 young women from colleges across Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad participated in the mentoring events.
In 2020, we committed to expand Girls Take to over 10 global cities, including San Francisco, Zurich, London and São Paulo. Newly branded under Girls Take Finance, the initiative aims to inspire the next generation of leaders by providing insight on the financial services industry. Employee volunteers from both UBS and Bloomberg will host workshops focused on career growth and networking skills, panel discussions with industry experts, and motivational talks with volunteers about the variety of careers in financial services.
This collaboration serves as a model of how we can bring together like-minded institutions – to create a better world for women and girls.