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Victoria - Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Toronto

Seeing senior female leaders within the bank inspires me to do better, work harder and learn more

I always knew I wanted a career in banking, and after studying international business, I joined the HSBC Executive Management Programme to be part of a diverse and well-connected global organisation.

To date, I have had great managers who have been nothing but supportive of me, and in 2012, I was given the opportunity to lead an HSBC Employee Resource Group called Y-Knot, a young professionals association in Toronto. I had to think of ways of breaking down ‘business silos’ to educate employees about more than just their business unit. My greatest success was the Speed Mentoring event, where senior leaders from different business functions shared information and opportunities with our people. I have also been awarded the Canada Diversity and Inclusion Award, which shows all the work I am doing is appreciated.

Seeing senior female leaders within the bank inspires me to do better, work harder and learn more. I have a female mentor who has taught me a lot and given me helpful advice on making my journey easier in the corporate world. For example, I knew the working conditions at HSBC could vary because I had worked within HSBC’s branch network, and with help, I have been able to arrange flexible working conditions with my managers. This has been a great help, especially because I work across time zones and there have been some occasions when my manager and even my whole team are thousands of miles away. It also means I can still maintain a good work-life balance.

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