The #TimesUp movement has placed women’s voices at the forefront of the conversation about inappropriate workplace behavior. Thanks to many brave whistleblowers, organizations are purging their rolls of toxic characters and upending traditionally stifling workplace cultures. While the past few months have seen some preliminary progress, there’s still a long way to go, as made startlingly obvious by a recent Sourcemedia survey.
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Reading this article, I felt deeply ashamed to be a part of the industry with the highest recorded prevalence of sexual harassment. I can’t say, over my long career, that I’ve never witnessed it, but the amount of my female peers who report this inexcusable treatment was jarring to me, and ought to be a wake up call for all of us. I take a great deal of pride in wealth management work. I’ve committed my life to providing a helping hand, being a voice of empowerment for people to take control of their own finances, and by extension, their lives. I’d be a failure if I didn’t live out these same traits as an ally to women in the industry.