Diversity Hub Webinar

11 Nov 2021


on 11th November at 9am we will be hosting our first ever Diversity Hub webinar!

Diversity is one of the most discussed issues today. But is it fully understood? One of the challenges in addressing diversity is the different ways it can get assessed and debated.

Therefore, as an industry thought leader, portfolio institutional has created the Diversity Hub.

As a part of the Diversity Hub, this event will use a number of panel discussions with industry experts to investigate the meaning of diversity and how and where institutional investors can be playing their part.

*This event is free to attend for asset owners, trustees and consultants. 


09:00 – 09:05Introduction
09:05 – 09:45The role of institutional investors in pressing for greater diversity
09:45 – 10:25Diversity at the boardroom level
10:25 – 10:30End notes
The role of institutional investors in pressing for greater diversity, with:
Helen Price, Head of Stewardship, Brunel Pension Partnership Ltd

Helen leads on stewardship, engagement and voting at Brunel Pension Partnership (Brunel). She draws on knowledge built from her BA (honours) in Business Studies and from working in different sectors. Helen is eager to improve representation within the industry and at companies in which we invest. She is a member of the Diversity Project Steering Committee and co-leads the Asset Owner Diversity Group. Helen is also a member of the PRI’s Plastic Investor Working Group and the PRI Reporting and Assessment Advisory Committee. She is passionate about the role of pension funds in moving to a more sustainable business world and is involved in industry-wide initiatives to improve standards in responsible investment and corporate sustainability. 

Sarah Maynard Global Head, External Inclusion & Diversity, CFA Institute

Sarah Maynard is Global Head, External Inclusion & Diversity, Strategies and Programs at CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. Based in London, Sarah leads a global, industry-recognised portfolio of Inclusion & Diversity programs for CFA Institute stakeholders, including candidates, CFA charterholders, CFA member societies, and investment institutions in order to champion the cause of greater diversity in the investment management industry.

An experienced investment professional, Sarah joined CFA Institute in 2019 from Majedie Asset Management, an independent global investment firm based in the UK, where she was Head of Stewardship and Client Communications Director. In the role, Sarah focused on ESG, especially governance, with a keen interest in how companies can achieve success through improving inclusion. Previously, Sarah was Director of Career Development at CFA Society of the UK, and a founder of the society’s Women’s Network, which she transformed into the Inclusion & Diversity Network, which now has a membership of over 1,200 investment professionals.

Prior to that, Sarah was a fund manager and analyst at both an asset manager and an asset owner, for which she managed an equities portfolio of $3.3bn. She has an MA in English Literature and Language from Trinity College, Oxford, holds the ASIP and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Girls Who Invest, and on the CEO Advisory Council of Diversity Project North America. Sarah has also been a state (public) school governor for over a decade and a charity trustee mainly working with disadvantaged communities.

Laasya Shekaran, Investment Consultant, Lane Clark & Peacock

I am a specialist in our Responsible Investment team and help our clients understand how the investment industry and their assets intersect with issues around sustainability, climate change and social responsibility, as well as what the opportunities for investments in the ESG space are. 

I am extremely proud to chair the LCP Multicultural Network, one of LCP’s fantastic employee-led diversity and inclusion networks that focuses on promoting an anti-racist culture within LCP and across our industry. We aim to celebrate the diversity that our multicultural backgrounds bring to the firm. 

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