Women remain desperately underrepresented in Wall Street firms and financial services companies.
Getting to gender equality is important not because we want to achieve some artificial goal of percentages or absolute numbers, but because companies have a responsibility to find and develop the best people to serve their clients. Indeed, the business imperative of any diversity and inclusion effort is sustaining and increasing the bottom line.
But achieving equal opportunity in the workforce won't happen until every person--regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation--accepts each other for the unique and individual strengths, leadership styles and talents they bring to the table. Fortunately, we are already headed in the right direction.