I don’t always get a break at lunchtime, but today I’m lucky. The afternoons are the most intense period of the day, especially when US multinational clients want to get up to speed with what’s going on in Europe.
It’s lack of time that limits my involvement in the bank’s employee networks. The will is there but the time isn’t. I’m a member of three networks: dbPride, the Family Network, as I’m a parent, and the Multicultural Partnership, where I share my experiences of coming from an Afro-Caribbean background.
I’m most interested in the work dbPride is doing. Deutsche Bank is a very diverse place, with lots of different nationalities and perspectives represented. Even so, it’s not easy to be out in this environment. Especially in a client-facing role, where you sometimes have to tread very carefully. As I’ve become more established in my career I’ve felt able to be more open about who I am, but even after four years at Deutsche I’m still mindful of what I tell people.
I love what I do and think this is a great industry to work in, but it still has a lot of catching up to do compared to other industries. People still feel a pressure to conform. We need to change that.