Glenna Lynch came down to the Bright Network HQ and gave us an insight to the inner workings of UBS. She talked about working in an inclusive environment and gave us some invaluable advice for women who are looking to get ahead in business.
Tell us about yourself and your role at UBS?
I’m an Executive Director and currently the Global Head of Commission Management working closely with teams in Equities and Fixed Income. I have 23 years of experience in investment banking with previous roles at other Investment Banks. Originally from the US, I've lived and worked in London for 16 years and I'm the mother of two girls.
How would you describe the company culture at UBS?
We have a collegiate feel. A real team environment. You really get a sense that everyone is on the same page and working towards a common goal. When the opportunity arose to return to work at UBS, I didn't hesitate. Many people who work for the organization have been here for over 20 or 30 years.
What changes would you like to see in how firms support female employees? How has the industry evolved in regard to supporting them over the years?
A lot has happened and there have been many changes. More work is still needed but I feel it's heading in the right direction. Women are given more opportunities to be in many more diverse and challenging roles while affording them the flexibility to raise their family. I see more and more women in sales-trading and trading roles and firms are supporting women with balancing their family lives and career aspirations. More firms are offering Parental Leave for both women and men, which is starting to neutralize unconscious bias when looking to employ women in the industry.
What advice would you give to female members on how to get ahead in their career?
Be true to yourself. Everyone brings something different to the table. More and more women are progressing to senior roles, and this is important because different perspectives matter. It’s important to have diversity in the workplace. Otherwise it's not sustainable.
Remember to enjoy yourself while you’re progressing in your career. Of course you should further your career through learning, but keep a good balance and cultivate a life away from work for perspective.
Don't be afraid to mention part time jobs on your CV. These can only highlight skills you have picked up along the way. I remember my time working in a salon gave me confidence in people skills, and I had to deal with all sorts of customers when I waited on tables. These skills gave me the basis for what I need in my client facing role today. It all adds to the person.
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