Are you mentoring or being mentored in the workplace?

While the work of the pioneering and hardworking women who came before us has done so much for the women in business today, there is still a great deal of work to be done. It is incumbent upon us all to speak up and continue to make a difference in our own places of work and advance the cause of all women in the workplace. That is why today we are focusing on investment and gender equality in the workplace. Helping us tackle the cause for women’s equality in the workplace is the unshakeable Martine Liautaud.

Martine is one of the first ever female investment bankers in France. She is the Founder and President of the Women Initiative Foundation (WIF), and an international Financial Executive and Entrepreneur. Martine has been incredibly active advocating for and mentoring women in the business world, and her book, Breaking Through: Stories and Best Practices From Companies That Help Women Succeed, has reached an even wider audience of women around the world who have benefited from her mentorship.

Learn just how Martine is helping women find courage and confidence in the workplace. Stay tuned as Martine explains the importance of everyone getting involved in the fight, men, women, and even your CEO! Martine shares her own journey as a pioneer of women in investment banking in France and how her foundation (WIF) is doing work across the globe today.

In This Episode

  • Martine’s Career
  • Inequality in the Workplace
  • Martine’s Book
  • Martine’s Studies on Gender Equality
  • Dealing With Discrimination in the Workplace

Quotes in This Episode

“From the beginning of my career, I wanted to be an investment banker.” —Martine Liautaud

“I became a commercial banker, and because I was a woman no one gave me customers.” —Martine Liautaud

“It’s really important that men and women are mentors.” —Martine Liautaud

“Women are 50% of the population and 50% of the customers, so we cannot stay only with men at the top level. I think diversity is a richness.” —Martine Liautaud

“I don’t expect that you will have U.S. regulation on [family policy] I think it will be in fact the responsibility of the companies to develop that, to help women to have more flexibility in their work…” —Martine Liautaud
“For the companies, it is important to include men in the gender equality policies and the mentoring programs. But for that, we need to have strong support from the CEO.” —Martine Liautaud

Resources

Martine Liautaud, Investment Banker, Founder, President, WIF, Woman Initiative Foundation, Author, Breaking Through, Stories and Best Practices From Companies That Help Women Succeed, with Deirdre Breakenridge on Women WorldwideMartine’s Twitter
WIF’s Twitter
The WIF Website
Martine’s Book