By Jill McDowell, Skye Graham-Welton and Ana Diaz
At Fiduciam we are committed to providing our female employees with opportunities to break the glass ceiling and fulfil their professional ambitions. We invest heavily in training, development, and individual mentoring, while rewarding achievements and excellent performance. Fiduciam signed up for the Women in Finance Charter in 2019 and set ambitious targets to strengthen our commitment to equality and gender diversity. We have now exceeded these objectives and were recognised as a finalist in the ‘Employer of the Year’ category at the Women in Credit Awards 2021.
In 2022, three women have already achieved promotions at Fiduciam; Celia Garcia Virosta has been promoted to Head of Digital Transformation while Louisa Willoughby and Sabrina Warmerdam have been promoted to Underwriter. Charlotte De Baere, Head of Operations, comments: “There is no glass ceiling here. I joined Fiduciam as a graduate. Four years later, I now manage the operations team – this is a place of pure meritocracy.” This highlights Fiduciam’s commitment to recognising individual talent and ambition and encouraging career development.
A priority at Fiduciam is maintaining a collaborative company culture that encourages women to support one another in their professional growth and reach their full potential. Valeria Quintana Barbella, Senior Underwriter, explains: “In an industry where being cut-throat and aggressive is usually associated with leadership, women leaders should have not only a high IQ but also a high degree of emotional intelligence. I admire women leaders when they show that they genuinely care about, appreciate, and respect the contributions of their team members and how committed they are to helping them maximize their potential.”
We are also committed to showcasing our employees’ outstanding achievements by nominating them for external recognition. Cristina Villén, Country Manager for Spain, won Rising Star of the Year at the Women in Credit Awards in 2021 and was featured in Bridging & Commercial’s 35 under 35 Power List. Marieke Eskens, Director and Head of Case Management, was a finalist in the category ‘Mentor of the Year’ in the Women in Credit Awards and was also featured in Bridging & Commercial’s Power List 2021 for her integral involvement Fiduciam’s participation in the Coronavirus Business Interruption Lending Scheme.
Ana Díaz, Marketing Manager, comments “Thanks to working at Fiduciam, surrounded by a team that supports and promotes equality in the financial sector, I am never afraid to lead marketing projects where the audience is – sadly - still often male-dominated. It is inspiring to see how ambitious female colleagues are shaking up the status quo!”
We at Fiduciam are excited to see how the female members of our team continue to push boundaries and change mindsets within the financial services industry and elsewhere. We are dedicated to do everything necessary to facilitate this and to improve representation, opportunities and experiences for all women.