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Female success is about allyship, says Morgan Stanley's Liezel McCord

  • 5 days ago

"Allyship is vital in supporting and developing women working in technology"

It's nearly time for the Women in Tech Excellence Awards - a celebration of the inspiring women in our industry, as well as the work they're doing.

We had thousands of entries this year, meaning making the shortlist was an achievement in and of itself: so for a company to have eight finalists, as Morgan Stanley has done, is a stunning victory.

Liezel McCord, head of data governance & data management, explains that the company's commitment to representation and inclusion has helped to support the development of female talent at all levels of the business.

Why is women in technology an important issue for you and Morgan Stanley?

Liezel McCord: A core value of Morgan Stanley's is to commit to diversity and inclusion. The firm aims to create a representative, inclusive and equitable workplace where individuals, their perspectives and backgrounds enrich our collective experience. We want to work in an environment that represents the wider society. Through our internal Women in Technology network, we help to create a more inclusive environment and improve gender balance by empowering female technology talent. A key element, which is vital in supporting and developing women working in technology, is allyship. Allies can show their support in a number of ways, from ensuring female colleagues' opinions and contributions are getting their share in meetings, to professional development and sponsoring or mentoring women throughout their careers. With allies and role models as champions, we raise women's voices to ensure they are being heard.

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