Helen has been championing the advancement of women in the payments industry for several years, contributing to Women in Payments through initially hosting & speaking at their inaugural UK launch event in 2018.
Since then, Helen has been an active member of their Advisory Panel, appeared on member podcasts, and most recently is part of the judging panel for the Women in Payments Annual awards as well as volunteering as a mentor.
Leathwaite helped Women In Payments launch in the UK by hosting an impactful discussion on the gender pay gap and the art of negotiation. With gender wage gap reporting regulations recently coming into effect in Great Britain, and over 10,000 employers having revealed their gender wage gap positions, there still remains a lot of confusion as to the difference between the gender wage gap versus equal pay.
Our expert panel weighed in on the differences, why they’re important, and how we can move forward to achieve gender pay parity.
Combined with compelling research from “The Pay Index”, powered by Leathwaite, and initiatives set out by the HM Treasury “Women in Finance Charter,” we delved into key global findings and examined multiple factors—such as the art of negotiation—that are needed to close the gap.
In this episode, Kristy Duncan starts a conversation with Helen Vowls, Director, Retail, Financial Service Division, Leathwaite about changing jobs in a pandemic. Helen discusses why we should take advantage of opportunities during the pandemic, as well as the importance of networking externally and internally within our organization. Click here to listen to the episode.
The Women in Payments Awards Committee
Helen is also part of the Awards Committee and is part a select group of senior women with diverse payments system expertise, who are committed to recognizing and showcasing female talent across the payment ecosystem.
“Women in Payments is a growing global movement of women supporting women across the payments ecosystem. We connect women in the industry, at all stages of their careers. We inspire women by giving them the opportunity to hear and learn from other women experts at our networking and education events and annual symposia. We champion women through mentorship, speaking opportunities and awards recognition. To date, we have participation and support from across the payments ecosystems in Canada, the US, Australia, UK and are launching in Asia in 2019.”